During the late ’80s and through the ’90s, female singers were reduced to performing primarily dance numbers and their talents as singers, songwriters, and musicians were often overlooked as boy bands and dance groups sprung up right and left. There were a few exceptions in the form of indie rock, folk, and alternative artists who blazed their own paths with originality and impassioned sincerity. Well, thankfully, independent pop and rock acts are making a comeback and there are some great artists who have emerged in the last ten or so years who demand to be heard! My prediction is that these artists and their respective bands will go down in the history of popular music culture alongside other greats like Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, Siouxsie Sioux, Deborah Harry, Kate Bush, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O’Connor, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Gwen Stefani, and Fiona Apple.
6. MS MR
4. Regina Spektor
3. Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
2. Bat for Lashes
1. Florence + the Machine