Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

The Pretenders, 'The Pretenders'

14. The Pretenders, 'The Pretenders'

Sire, 1980

Bad-news girl Chrissie Hynde flees Ohio, goes punk in London, becomes a rock star and tells Rolling Stone, "For every act of sodomy I was forced to perform, I'm getting paid £10,000 now."

Essential moment: "Up the Neck," a painfully beautiful swirl of anger, lust, revenge and guitars.

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