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The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women
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The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

Music fans are used to greatest-album lists that are invariably topped by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. In other words, by male artists. Described as "an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation," NPR's "The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women" was a list complied by nearly 50 female critics, writers and DJs, spanning records from the mid 1960s to the present. It's the one list in which Missy Elliott, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill battle for the top spot – and where Joni Mitchell's Blue reigns supreme. But more than just a provocation that argues for a serious rethinking of the canon, this is an exceedingly thoughtful and well-written overview of the vital musical artists of the last several decades. (NPR)

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