100 Greatest ‘Female Artists’ Albums

 1. Blue – Joni Mitchell
2. Lady Soul – Aretha Franklin
3. Pearl – Janis Joplin
4. Tapestry – Carole King
5. Horses – Patti Smith
6. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You – Aretha Franklin
7. Court & Spark – Joni Mitchell
8. Dusty In Memphis – Dusty Springfield
9. Pretenders – The Pretenders
10. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
11. Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones
12. Pieces of the Sky – Emmylou Harris
13. At Last – Etta James
14. Like A Prayer – Madonna
15. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
16. Diamonds & Rust – Joan Baez
17. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
18. Exile In Guyville – Liz Phair
19. Cheap Thrills – Big Brother & the Holding Company (Janis Joplin)
20. Eli & the Thirteenth Confession – Laura Nyro
21. Heart Like A Wheel – Linda Ronstadt
22. Debut – Bjork
23. Parellel Lines – Blondie
24. Daydream – Mariah Carey
25. Hounds of Love – Kate Bush
26. Car Wheels on A Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
27. Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos
28. Supa Dupa Fly – Missy Elliott
29. Wrecking Ball – Emmylou Harris
30. Los Angeles – X
31. Ladies of the Canyon – Joni Mitchell
32. Dreamboat Annie – Heart
33. Aretha Now – Aretha Franklin
34. It’s My Way – Buffy Saint-Marie
35. Chelsea Girl – Nico
36. Learning to Crawl – The Pretenders
37. Dummy – Portishead (Beth Gibbons)
38. Imagination – Gladys Knight & the Pips
39. All Hail the Queen – Queen Latifah
40. Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
41. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This – Eurythmics
42. Madonna – Madonna
43. Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading
44. For the Roses – Joni Mitchell
45. Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson
46. Blondie – Blondie
47. Give It Up – Bonnie Raitt
48. Young, Gifted, & Black – Aretha Franklin
49. Private Dancer – Tina Turner
50. Dry – PJ Harvey
51. Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow
52. Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morrisette
53. Hear A Symphony – The Supremes
54. Whats the 411 – Mary J. Blige
55. CrazySexyCool – TLC
56. First Take – Roberta Flack
57. From A Whisper to A Scream – Esther Phillips
58. Blacks Magic – Salt-N-Pepa
59. Homogenic – Bjork
60. The Hissing of Summer Lawns – Joni Mitchell
61. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
62. Album – Joan Jett
63. Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge
64. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – Sarah McLachlan
65. Lavern Baker – Lavern Baker
66. Luck of the Draw – Bonnie Raitt
67. Ani DiFranco – Ani DiFranco
68. Bad Girls – Donna Summer
69. In My Life – Judy Collins
70. Like A Virgin – Madonna
71. Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
72. The Queen Alone – Carla Thomas
73. Dance Party – Martha & the Vandellas
74. Simple Dreams – Linda Ronstadt
75. Diana Ross – Diana Ross
76. No Secrets – Carly Simon
77. Workin’ Together – Ike & Tina Turner
78. Arrival – ABBA
79. Lovers Speak – Joan Armatrading
80. Butterfly – Mariah Carey
81. One Day At A Time – Joan Baez
82. Control – Janet Jackson
83. Clouds – Joni Mitchell
84. Kaleidoscope – Siouxsie Sioux & the Banshees
85. Rapture – Anita Baker
86. The Marvelettes – The Marvelettes
87. Crimes of Passion – Pat Benatar
88. Luxury Liner – Emmylou Harris
89. New York Tendaberry – Laura Nyro
90. Under the Pink – Tori Amos
91. Touch – Eurythmics
92. Straight From the Heart – Ann Peebles
93. Me Myself I – Joan Armatrading
94. Love Deluxe – Sade
95. The End – Nico
96. Bella Donna – Stevie Nicks
97. Baduizm – Erykah Badu
98. Beauty & the Beat – The Go-Go’s
99. True Blue – Madonna
100. Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves – Cher

Criteria: – Albums were chosen on thier impact, influence, initial and lasting popularity, and
a number of smaller criteria. This list does not include “Live” or “Greatest Hits” albums.
An album was excluded if the female(s) did not dominate the album the vocally. (60%+)

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