Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

 Mary J. Blige, 'My Life'

13. Mary J. Blige, 'My Life'

MCA, 1994

The queen of hip-hop soul still has plenty of drama on this one and proves herself one of the most expressive vocalists of any decade. Opaque, seductive, endlessly fascinating.

Essential moment: Her pure, wordless improvising on "You Bring Me Joy."

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