Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrisse Hynde's songwriting The group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band.  Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking, and Hynde's semi-autobiographical songwriting and bracing determination meant that the group never became just another rock band, even when their music became smoother and more pop-oriented.