Top 10 Female Singers in Prog Rock, Metal & Around

Top 10 Female Singers in Prog Rock, Metal & Around
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Over the course of time, progressive rock and metal has seen many great singers (both male and female). While male-fronted bands are definitely more dominant in terms of quantity, the numbers of female-fronted bands is far lower, but it could be said that the “quality-quantity” ratio is probably higher on the side of female fronted bands.

There are certainly lots of great female singers in progressive rock, metal and its related genres. Prog Sphere made a selection of 10 best singers that we consider to be the cream of the crop within these genres.

 (Anneke van Giersbergen photo credits by: E van Dijk)


Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion, Ayreon, Star One…)

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. Simon

    May 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Heather Findlay?

  2. Richie

    May 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Sharon den Adel?

  3. Jade

    May 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Lana Lane?

    • spikeysnack

      May 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Absolutely Lana Lane! even if her career is winding down her voice is unforgettable and her craft is impeccable. She is like the Karen Carpenter of Symphonic Rock.
      Tarja Turunen deserves at least honorable mention, having brought the Female Fronted Metal genre to the masses like no one before.
      Lets not forget Jon Anderson — oh wait, he just sings like a girl … my bad.
      No really the author misses
      Christina Murphy (Now Christina Booth) of Magenta
      Jessica Lehto of Factory of Dreams has got some serious range and isnlt afraid of really getting out there vocally
      Andrea Dätwyler of Lunatica does some of the smoothest yet powerful prog singing in the biz.

      Beto Vasquez Infinity has a lot of great female vocalists on his ensemble albums (really great)
      and (if you can find it ) a Rock Opera called “Missa Mercuria” is a must hear.

      Touchstone has a great female vocalist (Kim Seviour) and writes some really good songs and does a progressive male/female harmony singing thing that is really emotional. The band is going more metal as time goes on, though …

      Last but not least is Persephone (Sonja Kraushofer) who sings what i would call progressive gothic ballads.

  4. Xerxes

    May 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Um…I like Blackmore’s Night fine, but Candace Night is nowhere near the level of these other women. No dynamics, no power. Surely you could find a more worthy addition.

  5. Joseph Gadberry

    May 21, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Bullshit without Sharon den Adel.

  6. Seth

    May 21, 2014 at 2:56 am

    It’s kinda funny that literally half of these singers are from Ayreon at some point.

  7. Steve

    May 21, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Ida Haukland would put half of these people to shame.

  8. Daniel

    May 21, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Anyone who has guest-starred on Ayreon’s albums could be on this list. Funny enough, Lana Lane and Heather Findlay have too.

  9. Ivan Jagodnik

    May 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    What about Annie Haslam?! :D

    • Richard

      February 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I know, right? Also missing is Sonja Kristina.

  10. Зарија Мишковић

    May 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Kate Bush?

  11. Indexqwest

    May 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Tarja, Cristina Scabbia?

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