Today, on International Women’s Day, we feel it’s appropriate to honor and recognize some of our favorite female musicians, artists contemporary and historic, who have helped shape the aural landscape through their command of sound. Though it is disappointing to have to designate a single day for this rather than consistently recognizing talent, it’s important to use these kinds of opportunities. Many talented women and female-fronted groups have captured our collective imagination throughout the history of performed and recorded music, whether it be pop, rock, rap, jazz, neo-soul, shoegaze, chillwave, or any other genre that materializes into existence on any given day.
Though the music industry’s treatment of women–even in 2016–seems bleak, it is crucial to recognize triumph and talent, regardless of gender. We hope that our playlist below does that. You’ll find tracks by Ella Fitzgerald, the first African American woman to win a Grammy Award, and CHVRCHES, whose singer Lauren Mayberry works hard to call out the toxicity of female objectification.
Those and other performers highlight our International Women’s Day playlist, which we created to show the quality, quantity, and variety of music that women have created over the years. This 100-minute mix includes some older favorites (Ella Fitzgerald, The Carpenters, The Go-Go’s), some up-and-comers (Mallrat, Hop Along, Lucy Dacus), some names you may not have heard in a while (The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Len), and modern indie rock and pop royalty (Alabama Shakes, Grimes, CHVRCHES).
There are too many to name and too much to say, so sometimes it is better to let the work speak for itself:
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