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.
Motown’s secret weapon, Marc Bolan’s widow, and a Northern soul icon, Gloria Jones’ legacy extends far beyond ‘Tainted Love.’
In her own compositions, she managed to capture what love, life, and self-discovery truly looked like for most of us – battle wounds and all – sans the idyllic imagery often found...
The under-publicized story of the trailblazing artist-executive from Seattle is well worth telling in some detail.
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.
Women have long dominated the rock scene, whether they’ve been acknowledged for it or not. Here are some of the best female rock singers to grace the stage.
A pioneer who influenced everyone from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards, Sister Rosetta Tharpe played rock’n’roll way before anyone else.
The best female guitarists of all time prove that the guitar isn’t just for phallic fretwork and cock-rock grandstanding.
From The Supremes to Martha & The Vandellas and beyond, the best Motown girl groups defined a strain of soul music that keeps us dancing in the street.
For every anthem and romantic ballad, female artists have also asserted their independence through empowering lyrics, challenging the constraints of gender stereotypes, bad relationships or the music industry itself.
There is no shortage of talented vocalists, but the best female jazz singers possess unique voices which hold their own against their male counterparts.
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.
Motown’s story is often told by the superstars who helped define the company’s sound, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.