A coming-of-age tale set to thumping bass and wheezing synths, ‘Kaleidoscope’ saw Kelis set the standard for a new era of experimental R&B.
As much a pioneer as she was a powerhouse, Ella Fitzgerald’s timeless tunes only get better with age.
In the early days of hip-hop, female rappers were essential to the genre’s biology, unapologetically detailing their experiences of the world they lived in.
Marking a turn away from shiny experimental pop towards darker, more challenging themes, ‘Homogenic’ set the tone for Björk’s most bold and innovative work.
From a string of surprise releases to her openly revealing public persona, Ariana Grande has redefined what it means to be a pop star today.
Rising to fame with James Brown’s revue, Lyn Collins fought for female artists during a difficult period, leaving a trail of soul and funk classics behind.
Along with a host of others, this song helped lay the groundwork for today’s artists as they push against the stereotype of what a female rocker should sound or look like.
The supermodel, singer, actress, and Warhol star is the original multi-hyphenate.
Though small in number, these pioneering female music producers have made their mark in the industry, from Sylvia Moy to Linda Perry.
An introduction to some of the women that broke down barriers in the heavy metal and hard rock music scenes.
From subversive subject matter to affairs of the heart, the best female songwriters are often the most insightful, as this list proves.
From singing in Motown’s biggest girl group to earning Oscar nods and becoming a fashion icon, Diana Ross set the template for future stars to follow.
Female powerhouses Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya and Missy Elliott came together for a Y2K spin on the 1974 LaBelle classic.
At a time when the music business was dominated by men, the Memphis soul label Stax Records employed a host of women in key positions.
When it comes to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, some of the most pioneering and powerfully influential figures were women.