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One thing I learned while trying to listen to the 500 albums listed by Rolling Stone as the greatest of all time: sure are a lot of men on that list. As such, it occurs to me I tend to listen more to male artists and male-dominant groups. I see it right now in the vinyl collection we keep at home – we have few albums by female solo artists, and typically when I do listen to a female singer it’s on the radio. With a new season coming, I decided it’s something I should amend.

I don’t spend money on music anymore, unless you count satellite radio and online channel subscriptions, and I love Spotify. Since I have this wide access, it’s a good opportunity to listen and show support of women in the industry. It’s interesting, too, to see how these lists are compiled.

Of the 500 albums on the RS list, 60 come from solo female artists and groups with multiple women (e.g. The B-52’s, Fleetwood Mac) or one woman who was in the forefront/lead vocalist (e.g. No Doubt, Jefferson Airplane, Velvet Underground & Nico). I want to compile a list of 500 albums, so I took the 60 from the RS list. Next, I went to the Rolling Stone list of Top 50 Albums by women artists and removed the overlap.

Nowhere close to 500. So, I made a list of Grammy nominees and winners in the Album of the Year, Rock Album, Country Album, R&B Album, and Rap Album categories – removed the overlap.  This got me to 246 albums, which are listed below in alphabetical order according to album title.

Halfway there. These albums represent women in popular music from about 1960 to 2015. For the remaining 254 albums need to fill out a list of 500 I’m asking you…what would you add? Pop, rock, country and country rock, rap, hip-hop, R&B, cis and transgender artists… what do I add to my queue? Is their world music to add, something I overlooked? Feel free to comment on the blog.

In the meantime, I have to find my earbuds.

12 Stories BRANDY CLARK
1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
21 ADELE
4 BEYONCE
A Rose is Still a Rose ARETHA FRANKLIN
Aaliyah AALIYAH
Acoustic Soul INDIA.ARIE
All-Time Greatest Hits LORETTA LYNN
Anthology DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES
As I Am ALICIA KEYS
At Last! ETTA JAMES
Back to Black AMY WINEHOUSE
Back to ME FANTASIA
Bad Girls DONNA SUMMER
Bad Reputation JOAN JETT
Baduizm ERYKAH BADU
Beautiful Surprise TAMIA
Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 JILL SCOTT
Beauty and the Beat THE GO-GO’s
Best of DOLLY PARTON
Better CHRISETTE MICHELE
Between the Lines JANIS IAN
Beyonce BEYONCE
Bittersweet BLU CANTRELL
Blue JONI MITCHELL
Born This Way LADY GAGA
Breakdown MELISSA ETHERIDGE
Breathe FAITH HILL
Call Me Crazy LEE ANN WOMACK
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Carpenters THE CARPENTERS
Celebrity Skin HOLE
Cheap Thrills BIG BROTHER & HOLDING COMPANY
Cheers to the Fall ANDRA DAY
Close to You THE CARPENTERS
C’mon C’mon SHERYL CROW
Coat of Many Colors DOLLY PARTON
Color Me Barbra BARBRA STREISAND
Come Away With Me NORAH JONES
Come On Over SHANIA TWAIN
Come On Over SHANIA TWAIN
Control JANET JACKSON
Court and Spark JONI MITCHELL
Court and Spark JONI MITCHELL
CrazySexyCool TLC
Cry FAITH HILL
Da Real World MISSY ELLIOTT
Daydream MARIAH CAREY
Daydream Nation SONIC YOUTH
Diva ANNIE LENNOX
Double Fantasy JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO
Dummy PORTISHEAD
Dusty in Memphis DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook ELLA FITZGERALD
Everybody Knows TRISHA YEARWOOD
Exile in Guyville LIZ PHAIR
Extraordinary Machine FIONA APPLE
Faith FAITH HILL
Fallen EVANESCENCE
Falling Into You CELINE DION
FanMail TLC
Fearless TAYLOR SWIFT
Flame PATTI LABELLE
Fleetwood Mac FLEETWOOD MAC
Fly DIXIE CHICKS
For the Record MIRANDA LAMBERT
Forget About It ALISON KRAUSS
Free Yourself FANTASIA
Funk This CHAKA KHAN
Germ Free Adolescents X-RAY SPEX
Girl on Fire ALICIA KEYS
Give It Up BONNIE RAITT
Give the People What They Want SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
Guilty BARBRA STREISAND
Halos & Horns DOLLY PARTON
Heart in Motion AMY GRANT
Heart Like a Wheel LINDA RONSTADT
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love TRISHA YEARWOOD
Here for the Party GRETCHEN WILSON
Home DIXIE CHICKS
Horses PATTI SMITH
Hot, Cool and Vicious SALT N PEPA
I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got SINEAD O’CONNOR
I Hope You Dance LEE ANN WOMACK
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You ARETHA FRANKLIN
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
Ingenue KD LANG
Inside Out TRISHA YEARWOOD
It Must Be Him VICKI CARR
It’s Blitz! YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Jagged Little Pill ALANIS MORISSETTE
Jennifer Hudson JENNIFER HUDSON
Judy at Carnegie Hall JUDY GARLAND
Just For You GLADYS KNIGHT
Kala MIA
Kelly KELLY PRICE
Killing Me Softly ROBERTA FLACK
Lady Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN
Last Splash THE BREEDERS
Like a Prayer MADONNA
Little Queen HEART
Live ERYKAH BADU
Live Through This HOLE
Lonely Runs Both Ways ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION
Long Stretch of Lonesome PATTY LOVELESS
Longing in Their Hearts BONNIE RAITT
Lost & Found LEDISI
Loud RHIANNA
Love, Marriage & Divorce TONI BRAXTON
Love. Angel. Music. Baby GWEN STEFANI
Luck of the Draw BONNIE RAITT
Mariah Carey MARIAH CAREY
Mary MARY J. BLIGE
Mistaken Identity KIM CARNES
Moving On OLETA ADAMS
Music MADONNA
My Everything ANITA BAKER
My Life MARY J. BLIGE
My Love is Your Love WHITNEY HOUSTON
My Name is Barbra BARBRA STREISAND
Need You Now LADY ANTEBELLUM
Never Say Never BRANDY
Nick of Time BONNIE RAITT
Nightbirds LABELLE
No More Drama MARY J. BLIGE
Ode to Billie Joe BOBBIE GENTRY
Once Upon a Time SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
Own the Night LADY ANTEBELLUM
Pageant Material KACEY MUSGRAVES
Parallel Lines BLONDIE
Peace Beyond Passion ME’SHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Pearl JANIS JOPLIN
People BARBRA STREISAND
Pieces of Me LEDISI
Pink Friday NICKI MINAJ
Plantation Lullabies ME’SHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Platinum MIRANDA LAMBERT
Post BJORK
Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes THE RONETTES
Presenting… DIONNE WARWICK
Pretenders THE PRETENDERS
Private Dancer TINA TURNER
Proud Mary: The Best of IKE and TINA TURNER
R&B Divas FAITH EVANS
Raising Sand ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS
Ray of Light MADONNA
Read My Mind REBA MCENTIRE
Real Live Women TRISHA YEARWOOD
Reality Show JAZMINE SULLIVAN
Red TAYLOR SWIFT
Relish JOAN OSBORNE
Return of Saturn NO DOUBT
Revolution MIRANDA LAMBERT
Rhythm Nation 1814 JANET JACKSON
Rhythm of Love ANITA BAKER
Rid of Me PJ HARVEY
Road Tested BONNIE RAITT
Rock Steady NO DOUBT
Rumours FLEETWOOD MAC
Same Trailer Different Park KACEY MUSGRAVES
Scorpion EVE
Share My World MARY J. BLIGE
Sheryl Crow SHERYL CROW
She’s So Unusual CYNDI LAUPER
Shoot Out the Lights RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON
Sleepless Night PATTY LOVELESS
So Damn Happy ARETHA FRANKLIN
Songs in a Mirror ALICIA KEYS
Soul Queen of New Orleans IRMA THOMAS
Sound & Color ALABAMA SHAKES
Speak Now TAYLOR SWIFT
Still Standing MONICA
Stones in the Road MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea PJ HARVEY
Supa Dupa Fly MISSY ELLIOTT
Surrealistic Pillow JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
Survivor DESTINY’S CHILD
Taking the Long Way DIXIE CHICKS
Tapestry CAROLE KING
Teenage Dream KATY PERRY
Testimony: Vol. 1 Life & Relationship INDIA.ARIE
Testimony: Vol. 2 Love & Politics INDIA.ARIE
The B-52’s THE B-52’S
The Barbra Streisand Album BARBRA STREISAND
The Best of the Girl Groups Vol. 1 & 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Best of the Ronettes THE RONETTES
The Blade ASHLEY MONROE
The Blessed Unrest SARA BAREILLES
The Bodyguard WHITNEY HOUSTON
The Breakthrough MARY J. BLIGE
The Broadway Album BARBRA STREISAND
The Cookbook MISSY ELLIOTT
The Definitive Collection ABBA
The Diary of ALICIA KEYS
The Divine Miss M BETTE MIDLER
The Emancipation of Mimi MARIAH CAREY
The Fame Monster LADY GAGA
The Globe Sessions SHERYL CROW
The Heat TONI BRAXTON
The Hot Rock SLEATER-KINNEY
The Immaculate Collection MADONNA
The Miseducation of LAURYN HILL
The New Classic IGGY AZALEA
The Pinkprint NICKI MINAJ
The Preacher’s Wife WHITNEY HOUSTON
The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 JILL SCOTT
The Score THE FUGEES
The Singing Nun THE SINGING NUN
The Singles BIKINI KILL
The Song Remembers When TRISHA YEARWOOD
The Suburbs ARCADE FIRE
The Trouble With the Truth PATTY LOVELESS
The Ultimate Collection PATSY CLINE
The Velvet Rope JANET JACKSON
The Velvet Underground THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO
The Very Best of LINDA RONSTADT
The Way I’m Livin’ LEE ANN WOMACK
The Woman in Me SHANIA TWAIN
Thinkin’ About You TRISHA YEARWOOD
This Fire PAULA COLE
To Bring You My Love PJ HARVEY
Touch EURYTHMICS
Tracy Chapman TRACY CHAPMAN
Tragic Kingdom NO DOUBT
Trio DOLLY PARTON, LINDA RONSTADT, & EMMYLOU HARRIS
Trio II DOLLY PARTON, LINDA RONSTADT, & EMMYLOU HARRIS
Turn Me Loose LEDISI
Under Construction MISSY ELLIOTT
Under Construction MISSY ELLIOTT
Unforgettable…With Love NATALIE COLE
Unplugged ALICIA KEYS
Up! SHANIA TWAIN
Van Lear Rose LORETTA LYNN
Version 2.0 GARBAGE
Volunteers JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
Voyage To India INDIA.ARIE
Walking on Thin Ice YOKO ONO
When I Look in Your Eyes DIANA KRALL
Where Your Road Leads TRISHA YEARWOOD
Whitney Houston WHITNEY HOUSTON
Whitney WHITNEY HOUSTON
Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 JILL SCOTT
Wide Open Spaces DIXIE CHICKS
Wilson Phillips WILSON PHILLIPS
Worldwide Underground ERYKAH BADU

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