In 2015, Pitchfork magazine published an interview with Björk in which she was very outspoken about the sexism she's faced throughout her music career. Being denied credit for the production of her albums, Björk said “I didn’t want to talk about that kind of thing for 10 years but then I thought, ‘You’re a coward if you don’t stand up. Not for you, but for women. Say something.’ ”
2017 is nearing an end and we still face the same chauvinism and nonchalance towards women as artists. Sure, we have our career performer juggernauts like Beyoncé or Taylor Swift or Katy Perry but not enough credit is truly given to women as artists, musicians, songwriters or producers and to state the blatantly obvious, they've always been there.
With this in mind, I've put together some 108 songs amassing almost seven hours of tracks that serve to prove that women rock, women have soul, and women have been at the forefront of some of the most intriguing and inventive sounds in contemporary pop music - from jazz, rhythm and blues and soul giantesses such as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Etta James to the '90s alt-rock, riot grrl movement headed by the likes of Hole, L7, Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland and beyond. I've looked towards home also to make room for our very own Cranberries, Sinead O'Connor and Bitch Falcon.
I've tried to make sure there's something for everyone here but we're always open to suggestions at GoldenPlec so let us know what we've left out. Hit shuffle, press play, and trust in women.