This Week's Question: Best Female Fronted Bands?

Do ladies belong in rock bands?

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Oh, looks like we missed our Wednesday Question opportunity that we had yesterday. Sometimes stuff like that happens, so let's call this piece "Thursday Question" for the only time.

Okay, let's go.

For the most part, rock music comes as a men-dominated area with not so much space for the ladies. But as always, there's an exception to every rule, so throughout the rock history we've been able to see female rockers jamming away in different acts and genres.

Interestingly enough, it would seem that the singer position is the one ladies opt for the most in bands. Not that the other duties are something they can't handle - just look at the likes of Meg White, Nicole Fiorentino or Tal Wilkenfeld. But back to the topic - seeing that the female rock singer domain saw its expansion over the years, this week's question is:

What are the best female-fronted bands ever?

There's plenty to choose from here, starting from the early days and the likes of iconic Janis Joplin all the way to more recent years and groups such as Nightwish or Arch Enemy.

Same rules as always apply - you can nominate only one group per post and vote up or vote down other nominees based on your preferences. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and present you with a traditional UG Top 10 list. Cast your votes in the comments section and may the best band win!

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    one direction
    It took me years to find the gold medal, but when I found it... I was not disappointed!
    you know what? i didnt know shit about one direction until people online started to bitch about them EVERY. FUCKING. WHERE. im tired of your whinery more than their "music", who cares if they're on heavy rotation on the radio, if you have good music taste you're already abusing your AUX rather than listening to generic music station.. you're giving them free online exposure in a place where they'll hardly get it because WE DONT FUCKING CARE about boyband
    I think it might be because - even after the boy band craze of the nineties, and the girl band craze, and the RnB revival, and the Boy Band revival and on and on, the public still insist that they're something more than BigMacs, Pepsi Max bottles, Nike running shoes, or President Obama; It's just a product designed to make money and when we call it sh'it, people get stroppy.
    Well most people don't consider BigMacs to be fine dining but they eat them because they're easy and you can find them everywhere. Really it's just a fashion thing. Music has always had some level of that even in the earliest ages of media releases. I find it nicer to just ignore them.
    I'm with you, I only know about them from people either raving about them or hating on them on the Internet. I've heard a One Direction song ONCE on the radio in a Subway, but that's it. And no it wasn't great, but it wasn't the worst thing I'd ever heard either. That said, nominating them for this is absolutely ****ing hilarious.
    I've kinda grown used to it. Every few years there's a new pop sensation that people will whine about as the end of good music.
    Why is the top comment on these ALWAYS far down in the comments?
    Because they're popular articles and there are always dozens of comments within minutes of them going online. Plus there's always people posting their nominations as replies to the first few comments.
    Hey let's make fun of One Direction because it's totally hilarious and not overdone at all hahahahaha. They're five guys that actually have vocal talent, I don't understand why no one sees that.
    Talent is not the most important thing, it's what you do with it that counts.
    for real. if you feel the need to make fun of pop acts obviously aimed a 12 year old girls, just grow up. it's not for you, just ignore it and shut up
    One Direction
    C. Jasper
    im praying this one wins. sure their music sucks but i would say they are currently the most popular female fronted band. lol.
    But I thought the question was "best" female fronted bands? I would say One Direction is the worst female fronted band.
    Vicryl 2.0
    Hanson was actually great. i used to have a crush on that singer.she was cute
    This is the only right answer to this question. Well, Heart or Janis Joplin.
    Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I like them. The Cranberries
    I've been on a Cranberries kick for the past week. It's all I can listen to. Not to mention, they're one of the first bands I even listened to. I'd also would like to add Garbage and No Doubt. They may not always play "rock and roll" but they're both awesome!
    Fuckin' Zombie and Salvation alone can cement Dolores O'Riordan as the single most distinct female vocalist of all time. Not to mention Free to Decide, Linger. Oh god, and that's just the singles!
    They have to win. Dolores' voice is just that brilliant. That weird falsetto switches she does in songs like Dreams an Zombie is incredible
    No Doubt (their earlier less pop-oriented stuff was good)
    I was just scrolling down to add this, as no one had up to this point (which in itself kinda bothers me). Gwen is definitely one of rocks leading ladies.
    It's not technically No Doubt, but Gwen Stefani singing with Sublime for "Saw Red" is pretty awesome. I feel like it gives Gwen a bit more credibility as a front...person.