Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

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Fiona Apple, 'Extraordinary Machine'

39. Fiona Apple, 'Extraordinary Machine'

Epic, 2005

This complex song cycle wasn't easy to make – it took three years of sweat and turmoil. But since when would Fiona Apple do anything the easy way?

Essential moment: "O Sailor," a showcase for her mournfully sultry vocals.

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