Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

M.I.A., 'Kala'
29/50

29. M.I.A., 'Kala'

XL, 2007

Maya Arulpragasam took hip-hop places it had never been before, from Third World battlegrounds to the Pineapple Express trailer. The Sri Lanka-born provocateur sounds festive and enraged at the same time.

Essential moment: "Paper Planes," a Clash-sampling rap chant that somehow stormed the Top 10.

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