Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch voted greatest woman in rock of all time by XFM

Singer beats off competition from Debbie Harry, Karen O and PJ Harvey

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has been voted the greatest woman in rock of all time.

In a poll conducted by radio station XFM, the ‘Ceremonials’ singer came out on top ahead of The KillsAlison Mosshart, who had to settle for second place.

Skunk Anansie‘s Skin, real name Deborah Dyer, nabbed third spot, while Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ singer Karen O came fourth and Blondie‘s Debbie Harry was voted in fifth place. Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, the late Amy Winehouse and Hole rocker Courtney Love filled out the rest of the top 10.


Speaking about her victory, Welch said that being a woman in rock was about “doing something unexpected for someone who is perhaps more feminine”. She went on to add: “Perverting the idea of femininity – managing to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time is a big thing in performance – really feeling like you’ve seen someone giving a big part of themselves over to the audience.”

Last month (February 29), Welch triumphed at the NME Awards when she took home the gongs for Best Solo Artist and Best Track for her single ‘Shake It Out’ at the ceremony at London’s O2 Brixton Academy. Last week (March 22), meanwhile, the singer revealed that she may record a “strange album” with singer Dev Hynes in an interview with NME Radio – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.

The 20 greatest woman in rock were named as follows:

1. Florence Welch
2. Alison Mosshart
3. Skin (Deborah Dyer)
4. Karen O
5. Debbie Harry
6. Siouxsie Sioux
7. PJ Harvey
8. Hayley Williams
9. Amy Winehouse
10. Courtney Love
11. Joan Jett
12. Brody Dalle
13. Chrissie Hynde
14. Patti Smith
15. Shirley Manson
16. Bjork
17. Charlotte Cooper
18. Kim Deal
19. Laura Marling
20. Kate Nash