Earlier this week, NPR posted a list of the 150 greatest albums made by women. It's a discussion starter, and it definitely worked ... people are coming up with "the next 150", "150 albums by men that sucked", and the like.
The list was accompanied by a great essay by Ann Powers, "A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story", which I highly recommend. I was inspired to make a short list of my own. Here are ten songs by women ... according to Last.fm, these are songs I've listened to lately:
Fleetwood Mac, "I Don't Want to Know"
Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi"
Aretha Franklin, "Chain of Fools"
Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane"
Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time"
The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"
Lucinda Williams, "Are You Alright?"
Sleater-Kinney, "Modern Girl"
Ella Fitzgerald, "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart"
Pink, "Just Give Me a Reason"
[Edited to add Spotify playlist]