This week, we’re following the lead of some of our favorite music publications. Early this week, NPR Music posted a list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women. It didn’t take long for other publications to follow suit. So, we thought we would get in on the fun and list Stinkweeds’ 150 + Favorite Female Artists/Female Fronted Bands. Of course, we don’t need to qualify the talent of female musicians. The music industry just happens to be a bit of boys club at times (let’s face it, the world can be a bit of boys club.) So, for the sake of doing history a service and giving recognition where recognition is deserved and often overlooked, we give you SOME of our favorite female musicians. We didn’t include favorite albums because we believe these artists have entire careers worth exploring. We urge you to both, give a listen to each and everyone on this list and to share some of your favorite female artists with us.
Abigail Washburn, Alabama Shakes, Amiina, Aimee Mann, Alice Coltrane, Anna Calvi, Annie Lennox, Angel Olsen, Aretha Franklin, B-52’s, Beach House, Betty Davis, Big Thief, Bjork, Bikini Kill, Billie Holiday, Bleach, Blonde Redhead, Blossom Dearie, Bow Wow Wow, Brandi Carlile, The Breeders, Broadcast, The Cardigans, Carla Bozulich, Carla Kihlstedt, Carole Kaye, Carole King, Caroline Shaw, Carter Family, Cat Power, Cate Le Bon, Cesaria Evora, Chinchilla, Coco Rosie, Cocteau Twins, Courtney Barnett, Courtney Marie Andrews,
Deerhoof, Dolly Parton, Dum Dum Girls, Dusty Springfield, Edith Frost, Elizabeth Cotten, Ella Fitzgerald, Emmylou Harris, ESG, Esme Patterson, Everything But The Girl, Girlpool, Ex Hex, Feist, Fiery Furnaces, Frazey Ford, Garbage, Gillian Welch, The Gits, Go-Go’s, Gossip, Heartless Bastards, Helium, Holly Golightly, Hope Sandoval, Houndstooth, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Ida, Ikue Mori, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joan Jett, Joanna Newsom, Jolie Holland, Josephine Foster, Juana Molina, Julee Cruise, Julia Holter, Julia Wolfe, Juliana Barwick, Kadhja Bonet, Karen Dalton, Kathleen Edwards, Kim Gordon, Kimya Dawson, Kristin Hersh, Lauryn Hill, La Luz, Ladybug Mecca, Laika, Lamb, Laetitia Sadier, Laura Marling, Lia Ices, Le Tigre, Lightning Dust, Liz Phair, Lois, Lori Carlson, Loretta Lynn,
Lucinda Williams, Lush, Lydia Loveless, Lydia Lunch, Maggie Bjorklund Margaret Glaspy, Margo Price, Mavis Staples, Meredith Monk, Mirah, Mitski, Molly Burch, Mountain Men, Nancy Sinatra, Neko Case, Nina Nastasia, Nina Simone, Odeta, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Pretenders, Quilt, Rachel Grimes, Rilo Kiley, Romeovoid, Ronnettes, Sara Watkins, Screaming Females, Sera Cahoone, The Shaggs, Shana Cleveland, Shangri-la’s, Shannon Wright, Sharon Jones, Sharon Van Etten, Sibylle Baier, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sleater-Kinney, The Slits, Patti Smith, Solange, Sonic Youth, St Vincent, Stereolab, Suzi Quatro, Sylvan Esso, Tara Jane O’neil, Team Dresch, Thao, Thee Headcoatees, Thee Satisfaction, Those Darlins, Throwing Muses,
Tina Weymouth, Tune-Yards, U.S. Girls, Valerie June, Vashti Bunyan, The Vaselines, Wanda Jackson, Warpaint, Wendy Rene, Widowspeak, Wild Flag, Wye Oak, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Yma Sumac