Florence + The Machine have only really been on the scene for the past five or so years, yet that's apparently enough for listeners of radio station XFM to call her the greatest front woman of all time. According to NME.com, Florence won out against a number of rivals including Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Courtney Love, Hayley Williams and the late Amy Winehouse. Alison Mosshart of The Kills came in second place.
The full top 20 list is below:
01. Florence Welch 02. Alison Mosshart 03. Skin (Deborah Dyer) 04. Karen O 05. Debbie Harry 06. Siouxsie Sioux 07. PJ Harvey 08. Hayley Williams 09. Amy Winehouse 10. Courtney Love 11. Joan Jett 12. Brody Dalle 13. Chrissie Hynde 14. Patti Smith 15. Shirley Manson 16. Bjork 17. Charlotte Cooper 18. Kim Deal 19. Laura Marling 20. Kate Nash
Welch had the following comments of offer regarding her victory: [being a woman in rock is about] "doing something unexpected for someone who is perhaps more feminine... Perverting the idea of femininity managing to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time is a big thing in performance really feeling like you've seen someone giving a big part of themselves over to the audience."
Florence + The Machine's second album, "Ceremonials", was released on October 31st of last year, reaching #1 on the UK album chart and #6 on the Billboard 200. The band will tour North America in April and early May, before moving on to Australia later in the month.
Whether you think that Patti Smith should have been higher up in the list, agree wholeheartedly with XFM's decision, or are baffled by the fact that Heart's Ann Wilson didn't even chart, let us know in the comments section.