Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

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Labelle, 'Nightbirds'

16. Labelle, 'Nightbirds'

CBS/Epic, 1974

Disco with a pedigree (girl-group Motown) and ambitions (art rock), Labelle zoomed dance rock into the future. Nightbirds was a concept album with a beat – a kaleidoscopic masterpiece of feminist striving.

Essential moment: The hey-sister go-sister intro to "Lady Marmalade," featuring the ultimate disco cowbell.

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