Who are the best female singers in the world? That's what we asked Ultimate Guitar readers this week, getting them to pick from any genre they like. The resulting list is pretty darn solid, though there's a surprise at the end which we didn't expect. Do the results live up to your expectations? Let us know what you think in the comments. Enjoy!
10. PJ Harvey
One of Britain's pluckiest exports is the only musician to win the prestigious Mercury prize twice, first for "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea" in 2000 and "Let England Shake" in 2011. Her choruses are always fantastic.
This icelandic pop diva proved her talent to either singing or songwriting. You're gonna argue? Let's have her 1993's "Debut" album - the great example of her extraordinary talent and musical weight. Which keeps increasing with albums such "Medulla" and "Biophillia."
8. Nina Simone
Simone was closely associated with the American civil rights movement and fused gospel music with pop and classical music. Need to say more? Maybe ... but let's avoid it. Enjoy the music instead.
7. Tarja Turunen
This Finnish singer-songwriter started out as a classically trained singer, but moved on to front symphonic metal bands Nightwish and helped to found the Opera Metal genre. Tough woman, really. And - for sure - once you've heard her voice you'll never forget it.
6. Norah Jones
Norah emerged as one of the world's biggest jazz's biggest acts when her debut album "Come Away With Me" landed in 2002. It's no surprise that music is in her genes; her dad is renown sitar player Ravi Shankar. And his girl has amazing voice.
5. Amy Lee
Amy is best known as the front woman and co-founder of Evanescence, but has collaborated with the likes of Korn and Seether to Icelandic pop queen Bjork and film score veteran Danny Elfman. Why she? Because of her vocals, of course!
4. Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries)
Dolores' beautiful voice is always tinted with her Irish roots, and helped make the Cranberries one of the biggest mainstream rock bands in the world until they took a long hiatus in 2003. She currently tours as a solo artist. Which is really great, 'cause it's really bad when singers like her disappear from the stage.
3. Janis Joplin
Joplin was a stunning talent of the 1960s, with a performance style putting other blues musicians to shame. It was a real tragedy when she was discovered dead in a hotel room after having an overdose. But her voice, her music and her singing are still here.
2. Ann Wilson (Heart)
Heart's lead singer has easily earned her place among to top female singers in history. You wouldn't have guessed it back in her youth when a teenage Wilson was shy because of a stutter. Music brought out the best of her, and she still rocks on today.
1. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
Stevie Nicks has got to be one of the best singers around, regardless of gender or genre. She's won a stunning eight Grammy awards as a solo musician, and five more with Fleetwood Mac, so it's no wonder Dave Grohl invited her to relive her days of recording at Sound City Studios for his documentary and tour last year.
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