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100 Greatest Female Artists Albums

Criteria: Albums were chosen on thier impact, influence, initial and lasting popularity, and a number of smaller criteria. This list does not include "Live" or "Greatest Hits" albums. An album was excluded if the female(s) did not dominate the album the vocally. (60%+)

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Last Updated: 2014-12-20
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  1. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin
  2. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  3. Blue - Joni Mitchell
  4. Tapestry - Carole King
  5. Like A Virgin - Madonna
  6. Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin
  7. Horses - Patti Smith
  8. Pearl - Janis Joplin
  9. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
10. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrisette
11. Dusty In Memphis - Dusty Springfield
12. At Last - Etta James
13. Court & Spark - Joni Mitchell
14. Pretenders - The Pretenders
15. Cheap Thrills - Big Brother & the Holding Company (Janis Joplin)
16. 21 - Adele
17. Parellel Lines - Blondie
18. Like A Prayer - Madonna
19. Daydream - Mariah Carey
20. Control - Janet Jackson
21. Exile In Guyville - Liz Phair
22. Eli & the Thirteenth Confession - Laura Nyro
23. Heart Like A Wheel - Linda Ronstadt
24. She's So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
25. The Fame - Lady Gaga
26. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliott
27. Dreamboat Annie - Heart
28. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
29. Private Dancer - Tina Turner
30. CrazySexyCool - TLC
31. Los Angeles - X
32. Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell
33. Aretha Now - Aretha Franklin
34. Learning to Crawl - The Pretenders
35. Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt
36. Young, Gifted, & Black - Aretha Franklin
37. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This - Eurythmics
38. Imagination - Gladys Knight & the Pips
39. Madonna - Madonna
40. Debut - Bjork
41. Blondie - Blondie
42. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
43. Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos
44. Pieces of the Sky - Emmylou Harris
45. Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson
46. Hear A Symphony - The Supremes
47. Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones
48. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
49. Diamonds & Rust - Joan Baez
50. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
51. No Secrets - Carly Simon
52. Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
53. All Hail the Queen - Queen Latifah
54. Missundaztood - Pink
55. Car Wheels on A Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
56. Whats the 411 - Mary J. Blige
57. Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
58. Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading
59. Lungs - Florence + the Machine
60. First Take - Roberta Flack
61. Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler
62. Dry - PJ Harvey
63. Melissa Etheridge - Melissa Etheridge
64. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy - Sarah McLachlan
65. Lavern Baker - Lavern Baker
66. Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt
67. Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt
68. Bad Girls - Donna Summer
69. The Emancipation Of Mimi - Mariah Carey
70. The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes
71. Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco
72. From A Whisper to A Scream - Esther Phillips
73. Dance Party - Martha & the Vandellas
74. Different Light - The Bangles
75. Diana Ross - Diana Ross
76. The Queen Alone - Carla Thomas
77. Simple Dreams - Linda Ronstadt
78. Crimes of Passion - Pat Benatar
79. I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett
80. For the Roses - Joni Mitchell
81. Dummy - Portishead (Beth Gibbons)
82. Arrival - ABBA
83. Clouds - Joni Mitchell
84. Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera
85. Let Go - Avril Lavigne
86. Blacks Magic - Salt-N-Pepa
87. I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
88. I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
89. Give It Up - Bonnie Raitt
90. Lovers Speak - Joan Armatrading
91. Workin' Together - Ike & Tina Turner
92. Homogenic - Bjork
93. Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks
94. Diamond Life - Sade
95. The Truth About Love - Pink
96. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - Sinead O'Connor
97. Butterfly - Mariah Carey
98. Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
99. True Blue - Madonna
100. Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves - Cher

101. Tuesday Night Music Club - Sheryl Crow
102. Yes I Am - Melissa Etheridge
103. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
104. Baduizm - Erykah Badu
105. Born This Way - Lady Gaga
106. Beauty & the Beat - The Go-Go's
107. Tell Mama - Etta James
108. Soul 69' - Aretha Franklin
109. Kaleidoscope - Siouxsie Sioux & the Banshees
110. Heart - Heart
111. Pieces of You - Jewel
112. Diva - Annie Lennox
113. Tidal - Fiona Apple
114. Wanda Jackson - Wanda Jackson
115. A Song For You - The Carpenters
116. Ray of Light - Madonna
117. Easter - Patti Smith
118. The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks
119. The Kick Inside - Kate Bush
120. Under the Pink - Tori Amos
121. Red - Taylor Swift
122. New York Tendaberry - Laura Nyro
123. Brenda Lee - Brenda Lee
124. Under Construction - Missy Elliott
125. Rapture - Anita Baker
126. Touch - Eurythmics
127. Mary Wells Sings My Guy - Mary Wells
128. It's My Way - Buffy Saint-Marie
129. Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
130. Warrior - Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
131. Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega
132. Chelsea Girl - Nico
133. Album - Joan Jett
134. The Hissing of Summer Lawns - Joni Mitchell
135. Luxury Liner - Emmylou Harris
136. All Four One - The Motels
137. Lavern Sings Bessie Smith - Lavern Baker
138. In My Life - Judy Collins
139. Kala- M.I.A.
140. Straight From the Heart - Ann Peebles
141. Wrecking Ball - Emmylou Harris
142. Little Queen - Heart
143. One Day At A Time - Joan Baez
144. The Divine Miss M - Bette Midler
145. A Few Small Repairs - Shawn Colvin
146. Songs In A Minor - Alicia Keys
147. Garbage - Garbage
148. Rid of Me - PJ Harvey
149. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
150. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
151. Promise - Sade
152. Chaka Khan - Chaka Khan
153. Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Snow
154. Aaliyah - Aaliyah
155. Let It Loose - Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
156. Connie Francis Sings Rock'N'Roll Million Sellers - Connie Francis
157. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? - The Cranberries
158. The Runaways - The Runaways
159. Acoustic Soul - India.Arie
160. Love Deluxe - Sade
161. Carla - Carla Thomas
162. Surfacing - Sarah McLachlan
163. Prisoner In Disguise - Linda Ronstadt
164. Gonna Take A Miracle - Laura Nyro
165. 4 - Beyonce
166. Music Box - Mariah Carey
167. Bad Animals - Heart
168. Alannah Myles - Alannah Myles
169. The Songstress - Anita Baker
170. Lyte As A Rock - MC Lyte
171. Dreamer - Patti Labelle & the Bluebells
172. Funky Divas - En Vogue
173. Me Myself I - Joan Armatrading
174. Quiet Fire - Roberta Flack
175. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
176. Not A Pretty Girl - Ani DiFranco
177. Happy Nation - Ace of Base
178. Eva by Heart - Eva Cassidy
179. Big Science - Laurie Anderson
180. Physical - Olivia Newton John
181. In Blue - The Corrs
182. This Fire - Paula Cole
183. Tigerlily - Natalie Merchant
184. Wild Gift - X (Exene Cervenka)
185. Vespertine - Bjork
186. Music - Carole King
187. Whatever - Aimee Mann
188. Sweet Old World - Lucinda Williams
189. Starchild - Teena Marie
190. Bananarama - Bananarama
191. The Right Stuff - Vanessa Williams
192. Call The Doctor - Sleater-Kinny
193. Broken English - Marianne Faithful
194. Eye to the Telescope - KT Tunstall
195. Ingenue - k.d. lang
196. Mama's Gun - Erykah Badu
197. Last Splash - The Breeders
198. Divinyls - Divinyls
199. Patty Smyth - Patty Smyth
200. 99 Luftballons - Nena

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I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You album cover

Rumours album cover

Blue album cover

Tapestry album cover

Like A Virgin album cover

Lady Soul album cover

Horses album cover

Pearl album cover

Dusty In Memphis album cover
10 Albums With Significant Female Input
Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick)
If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears - Mamas & Papas (Cass Elliott & Michelle Phillips)
The B-52s - The B-52s
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie)
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie)
After Bathing at Baxters - Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick)
Remain In Light - Talking Heads (Tina Weymouth)
Doolittle - The Pixes (Kim Deal)
Sister - Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon)
Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon)
Surrealistic Pillow album cover







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