10. ABBA: ABBA is a Swedish soft rock group from the 1970s. They had a female vocalist with upbeat, feminine vocals and songs that were usually about romance. While they are a little too feminine for my tastes, they do have a nice sound.
9. Puffy Ami Yumi: Puffy AmiYumi was a Japanese punk rock group from the 1990s and early 2000s. They had heavy guitar, an energetic sound and some great vocals. They also had their own cartoon made called HiHi Puffy AmiYumi, which I never watched but was pretty popular. They also made songs for cartoons such as the Japanese opening theme song for a classic super hero cartoon that was around when I was growing up called Teen Titans.
8. Grace Jones: Grace Jones was an African American, masculine woman who made disco and rhythm and blues music during the 1980s. Her music career was popular in the disco world. One of her songs can be heard in the movie called Raw Deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger during a scene in a club. However, Grace Jones’ acting career was just as big. With her tough girl image that was even more extreme than Joan Jett, which is pretty impressive considering the comparison, Grace Jones acted in a couple of notable action movies such as Conan the Barbarian 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which was not nearly as good as the first one, and played the villain named May Day alongside Christopher Walken in a James Bond movie called A View To a Kill with the great theme song by Duran Duran.
7. Heart: Heart was a hard rock group during the 1970s. They modeled their music after Led Zeppelin and they could be considered a female version of Led Zeppelin. They even covered some Led Zeppelin songs for their concerts. Heart had their own good songs, though, such as Barracuda, Magic Man and Crazy On You. They had a southern, country, gypsy sound to their music similar to Fleetwood Mac when they were with Stevie Nicks.
6. Pat Benatar: Pat Benatar was a hard rock music performer during the 1980s with short blonde hair and operatic vocals. Pat Benatar was one of the few women who played guitar decently well, even if it was only rhythm guitar. She also went to professional singing school for opera, which made her vocals great. She had a couple of big hits with the estrogen filled songs; Heartbreaker and Hit Me With Your Best Shot, both of which are featured in the Guitar Hero video games.
Now it gets serious. ^_^
5. Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac started out during the late 1960s as a blues rock group. However, during the mid 1970s Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac and they moved to more of a folk rock/soft rock sound. Stevie Nicks made Fleetwood Mac’s biggest album with them called Rumors, which featured some great songs with vocals and song writing.
4. Mama Cass from Mamas and Papas: Mama Cass supposedly got her great vocals from being hit over the head with a lead pipe. She then became the lead vocalist for a short lived folk rock group called the Mamas and Papas. They made several albums together until they split up due to internal conflicts and becoming irrelevant because of the Beatles. however, Mama Cass went on to have a successful solo career after the Mamas and Papas with songs such as the lovely ballad by Mama Cass called Dream a Little Dream of Me. Unfortunately, she choked to death on a ham sandwich.
3. Diana Ross from the Supremes: Diana Ross was the lead vocalist for a Mo Town, African American, rhythm and blues group called the Supremes. They made some of the best music from Mo Town during the 1960s with great song writing and vocals. Diana Ross was also my favorite music performer in high school. Diana Ross eventually set off on her solo career and the Supremes declined without having her on vocals, but Diana Ross’ career has continued until today.
2. Petula Clark: Petula Clark was a soft rock vocalist during the 1960s. She had very upbeat, catchy vocals and is one of my two favorite vocalists along with Paul Rodgers from Bad Company. She also had an acting career and dancing career, which proves that she was talented in many different areas. She starred in a remake for Good bye, Mr. Chips and was the last woman to dance with Fred Astaire on screen.
1. Joan Jett from the Blackhearts: Joan Jett started out with the Runaways, which was the first ever, all female hard rock group. The Runaways broke up and then Joan Jett formed her own music group called the Blackhearts. She went to twenty three different studios before she was finally accepted. Joan Jett made the great rock and roll anthem called I Love Rock and Roll and a great song about all the issues she has had to deal with being different called Bad Reputation. Joan Jett is probably the most influential woman I can think of in rock and roll for hard rock and, due to the coaching advice of Kim Fowley no doubt, she is the woman I would most want to rock the night away with.