Music gets us through the best of times and the worst of times. It helps us mourn a break-up, celebrate birthdays with friends, and lets us tune out from the world when we just need to relax. There are playlists for every occasion – whether you want to mellow out to folk or jazz, or jump around to some heavy metal – the possibilities are endless. And, better yet, there are a TON of female musicians whose tunes can get you empowered and inspired!
While there are countless women artists from whom to choose, I’ve picked out my top ten lady singers and groups from a variety of genres, in no particular order. At the bottom of this post there’s also a Spotify playlist with songs from each of these artists.
Put on a record, kick back, and enjoy. Happy listening!
The Runaways’ Queens of Noise (1977)
The Ronettes’ Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica (1963)
Sleater Kinney’s Dig Me Out (1997)
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Emily Greene works in Promotions for CBS and NBC affiliates in the Augusta, Georgia and North Augusta, South Carolina areas. She has a BA in Art, and is finishing a second degree focusing on Women’s Studies, Criminal Justice, and English. Active in promoting social justice, especially the awareness of women’s issues, she is the Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Young Democrats of Georgia, as well as their Communications Director, the Vice President of the Young Democrats of Augusta Richmond County, Membership Chair and Committee Member of the Columbia County Democratic Party, and a volunteer for Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. Emily’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Cult Collective, Washington State University’s literary journal, LandEscapes, and PLACE (SACRED SPACE) Without Beginning or End, a book about weaving by Rachel Snack of Weaver House Company.