Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Top 5 Pop-Punk/New Wave Frontwomen

Posted in Music, Pop-Punk, Top 5 by Jacob Zinn on July 21, 2009

Solo pop tarts are all over the new release section of CD stores, but it’s not often that one finds a mainstream female lead singer with a male backing band, not to mention that the field narrows in a defined genre. However, frontwomen are perhaps most popular in, believe it or not, pop-punk music.

Top 5 Pop-Punk/New Wave Frontwomen

5. Monique Powell of Save Ferris

She doesn’t seem like the right fit for a ’90s ska-punk band, but the red-haired songstress Monique Powell has a rich voice that goes along with the trumpets. In their cover of “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners, she sings what every guy watching the video is thinking: “With you in that dress/my thoughts, I confess/verge on dirty.”
Save Ferris’ name is likely taken from the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

4. Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds

Don’t waste her time. Maja Ivarsson gets to the point: she wants to be “the best female vocalist around… of at least this century.” The Swedish blonde new wave singer has been leading the Sounds since 1999 and was briefly a member of Cobra Starship. Though the Sounds are more well-known in Europe, they’ve played the Warped Tour and have established a fan following in North America.

3. Hayley Williams of Paramore

At only 20 years old, Hayley Williams is the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated Paramore. She’s an orange-haired spitfire backed by an all-guy band on pounding drums, heavy bass and electric guitars. The group has only recorded two albums, but with their third album coming out this September, they’re sure to be a popular act going into 2010.

2. Gwen Stefani of No Doubt

Before the before the kids, before the fragrance, before the Harajuku Girls, Gwen Stefani was the frontwoman of popular ’90s pop-punk group No Doubt. Currently, the band is on their reunion tour and Stefani has returned to the artist she was before her awful solo career. She’s regarded as one of the best female lead singers around–hopefully she’ll stick with No Doubt and defend her title.

1. Debbie Harry of Blondie

Current frontwomen have Debbie Harry to thank–aspiring artists look up to her as one of the most well-known female lead singers, perhaps the original. She’s established her role in the music business and has had enjoyed success with and without Blondie. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, but Harry is the band member who will be most remembered.

Honourable Mentions
Shirley Manson of Garbage (alternative rock)
Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf (metal)
Amy Lee of Evanescence (hard rock)
Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil (also hard rock)
Nina Persson of The Cardigans (pop rock)

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