FEATURE: All I Want: Female Icons and the New Breed

FEATURE:

 

All I Want:

 

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Female Icons and the New Breed

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BEFORE writing this, I promised myself two things…

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The first was to relax my near-obsession/crusade with/against gender inequality; the second was to stop using song-based puns for my features. To be fair, on that point, the title, ‘All I Want’ refers to Joni Mitchell – it is the first track from the album, Blue. The sentiment applies to my desire: finding festivals with fewer men and giving headline slots to women.

The first point, irrevocably, was never going to be realistic. Over the past few weeks, especially, I am seeing anger and annoyance from all factions of the social media landscape. I saw an article that related to women being paid less than their male peers. Another reflected on how female performers are often kept waiting outside venues – before they go to play – and made to feel like second-class citizens.

I shall not ramble too much – I have done that sufficiently before – but will, in a piece free from zeitgeist-reflecting and cynicism; collate a list of the legendary female artists who have helped shape music – and the new generation who are worthy of huge affection.

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Kate Bush

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Standout Album: Hounds of Love

Essential Cut: Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) (Hounds of Love)

PJ Harvey

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Standout Album: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Essential Cut: Rid of Me (Rid of Me)

Björk

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Standout Album: Post

Essential Cut: Human Behaviour (Debut)

Amy Winehouse

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Standout Album: Back to Black

Essential Cut: Back to Black (Back to Black)

Joni Mitchell

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Standout Album: Blue

Essential Cut: Woodstock (Ladies of the Canyon)

Aretha Franklin

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Standout Album: I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

Essential Cut: Respect (I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

Debbie Harry

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Standout Album: Parallel Lines (Blondie)

Essential Cut: Heart of Glass (Parallel Lines)

Madonna

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Standout Album: Ray of Light

Essential Cut: Express Yourself (Like a Prayer)

Stevie Nicks

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Standout Album: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)

Essential Cut: Edge of Seventeen (Bella Donna)

Patti Smith

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Standout Album: Horses

Essential Cut: Gloria (Horses)

Lauryn Hill

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Standout Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Essential Cut: Doo Wop (That Thing) (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

Kylie Minogue

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Standout Album: Light Years

Essential Cut: Spinning Around (Light Years)

Billie Holiday

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Standout Album: Lady Sings the Blues

Essential Cut: Strange Fruit (Lady Sings the Blues)

Janis Joplin

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Standout Album: Pearl

Essential Cut: Summertime (Janis Joplin and the Holding Company) (Cheap Thrills)

Whitney Houston

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Standout Album: Whitney Houston

Essential Cut: It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (My Love Is Your Love)

Alicia Keys

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Standout Album: Songs in A Minor

Essential Cut: Fallin’ (Songs in A Minor)

Laura Marling

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PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Connelly

Standout Album: Once I Was an Eagle

Essential Cut: The Beast (A Creature I Don’t Know)

Taylor Swift

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Standout Album: 1989

Essential Cut: Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar) (1989)

Billie Marten

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PHOTO CREDIT: Liz Seabrook

Standout Album: Writing of Blues and Yellows

Essential Cut: Emily (Writing of Blues and Yellows)

Beyoncé

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Standout Album: Beyoncé

Essential Cut: Crazy in Love (ft. JAY Z) (Dangerously in Love)

Lorde

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Standout Album: Melodrama

Essential Cut: Green Light (Melodrama)

Julia Jacklin

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Standout Album: Don’t Let the Kids Win

Essential Cut: Coming of Age (Don’t Let the Kids Win)

St. Vincent

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Standout Album: St. Vincent

Essential Cut: Digital Witness (St. Vincent)

Savages

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PHOTO CREDIT: Colin Lane

Standout Album: Adore Life

Essential Cut: Shut Up (Silence Yourself)

Jorja Smith

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Standout Album: Project 11 (E.P.)

Essential Cut: Teenage Fantasy (single)

HAIM

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PHOTO CREDIT: Levis

Standout Album: Days Are Gone

Essential Cut: The Wire (Days Are Gone)

Warpaint

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PHOTO CREDIT: Mia Kirby

Standout Album: Warpaint

Essential Cut: New Song (Heads Up)

Kate Tempest

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Standout Album: Let Them Eat Chaos

Essential Cut: The Beigeness (Everybody Down)

Marika Hackman

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Standout Album: I’m Not Your Man

Essential Cut: Boyfriend (I’m Not Your Man)

Nadia Rose

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Standout Album: Highly Flammable (E.P.)

Essential Cut: Skowd

Lucy Rose

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Standout Album: Work It Out

Essential Cut: My Life (Work It Out)

RAY BLK

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Standout Album: Durt (E.P.)

Essential Cut: My Hood (ft. Stormzy) (Durt)

Lola Coca

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Standout Album: The Only Child

Essential Cut: Bad Girlfriend

Rews

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Essential Cut: Shake Shake

Dua Lipa

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Standout Album: Dua Lipa

Essential Cut: Be the One

The Japanese House

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Standout Album: Swim Against the Tide (E.P.)

Essential Cut: Cool Blue (Clean)

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