Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

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Adele, '21'

6. Adele, '21'

XL, 2011

The British belter had a timeless source of inspiration – as she put it, "a rubbish relationship." But she turned her fiercely wounded heart and soul-on-fire voice into the hugest pop success of our time, doing for rubbish relationships what Thriller did for zombies.

Essential moment: The window-rattler chorus of "Rolling In The Deep."

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