Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

  • Artist: Various
  • Title: Various
  • Released: 1900-2020
  • Format: Vinyl/CD/Digital Download
  • Genre: Various
  • Beverage of Choice: Caparinha

By no means a comprehensive list, here are fifteen of the greatest albums by female artists in my library. Again, the order of entry does not imply a ranking, these are all albums I consider to be worthwhile, extraordinary and musically engaging; simply enjoy them!

Little Queen – 1977


“Barracuda” destroys; whose says girls can’t rock?

Kala – 2007


Unmistakable, fearless and divisive; must be M.I.A.

Pearl – 1971

Janis Joplin

The whiskey-weathered voice and sheer power of a talent taken way too early.

Hounds of Love – 1985

Kate Bush

Her breakthrough album, made entirely in her home studio.

I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got – 1990

Sinéad O’Connor

Her genius lies in small touches, dynamics and contrast.

Stumble Into Grace – 2003

Emmylou Harris

Collaborations with Malcom Burn and Daniel Lanois breathe new life.

Bad Reputation – 1980

Joan Jett

Post-Runaways, pre-Blackhearts; the original bad girl.

Bella Donna – 1981

Stevie Nicks

Her debut album proved that she didn’t need Lindsey like air.

Peach – 2017

Larkin Poe

Blues, rock, guitars and attitude.

Jagged Little Pill – 1995

Alanis Morissette

Canadian girl wins over the world. Brilliant songwriting.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – 1998

Lauryn Hill

Stunning debut, crossover or cross-culture, all good.

Hannah Wicklund & The Stepping Stones – 2018

Hannah Wicklund

Tiny girl, huge sound.

Back to Black – 2006

Amy Winehouse

One of a kind talent; gone too soon.

Horses – 1975

Patti Smith

Intense, emotional and electric; Smith has never made a bad album.

19 – 2008


Before she ruled the world, Adele made simple, stunning music.

Published by Rick Adams

Husband, father, music lover

One thought on “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

  1. Wow !! Love this list, so many I have and memories 😱 Dan and I saw Alanis live and her show was amazing. You were living in table view and Allie and I went to get pizza in a hurricane/ mega storm and had Sinade playing. First time I had heard her. Think Ana Popovic needs to be added – power house.
    Great list Rick


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