Playlist: My Fave Songs of all-time by Female Artists

So it’s a extra amazing blog post list today! Over on Content Catnip blog or is it just a real website now? At the end of last month, she put together her list of favourite songs of all time by female artists linked here. I’ve just got to put together my own list in reply but it’s taken me a little longer to do and it’s been week or so since I said, I was going to do but here it is finally!

I’ve somehow narrow it down now to top 30 which I can’t get it down anymore than that, sorry if that is still too long? Making YouTube playlist again because I seem to enjoy doing them. I can’t number/rate them in anyway too so it’s just in order of release date from last year back to the late 60’s. Only one song per artist rule was applied but one artist somehow seem to have slipped in twice. Maybe, she scored my fave female artist of all-time award show gold medal! It’s Adalita of Magic Dirt with her bands’ 94 track Ice and then going solo in 2011 with The Repairer song. I have seen her playing live more than anyone else on my list which does seem to be import to me plus she’s an Aussie too which I do try to support the locals because they’re right here almost in my backyard. I’m most likely repeating myself yet again because all these songs have appeared my little blog countless times already, I’ll shut-up now and get on with it!

 Drum roll please, my Fave Songs of all-time by Female Artists are…

  • MOD CON – Kidney Auction Blues (2018)
  • Time For Dreams – Projects (2017)
  • Jen Cloher – Mount Beauty (2013)
  • Abbe May – Karmageddon (2013)
  • Sharon Van Etten – Serpents (2012)
  • Adalita – The Repairer (2011)
  • HTRK – Eat Yr Heart (2011)
  • Sarah Blasko – No Turning Back (2009)
  • Fever Ray – If I Had A Heart (2009)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Pin (2003)
  • Tori Amos – A Sorta Fairytale (2002)
  • Björk – Unison (2001)
  • Fiona Apple – Paper Bag (1999)
  • Cat Power – Metal Heart (1998)
  • Beth Orton – Galaxy Of Emptiness (1996)
  • The Paradise Motel – Calling You (1996)
  • Portishead – Biscuit (1994)
  • Magic Dirt – Ice (1994)
  • The Breeders – Cannonball (1993)
  • PJ Harvey – 50ft Queenie (1993)
  • L7 – Shitlist (1992)
  • Julee Cruise – Falling (1990)
  • Sonic Youth – The Sprawl (1988)
  • Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (1985)
  • Grace Jones – Private Life (1980)
  • Blondie – Union City Blue (1979)
  • Donna Summer – I Feel Love (1977)
  • Patti Smith – Birdland (1975)
  • Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind (1971)
  • Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe (1967)

Once again, I could easy expand this list because so many missed out above but I really couldn’t make it any shorter! I can’t believe I haven’t done this before on my blog too! But I hope, it doesn’t come across as a bit sexist asshole or something? Being a male blogger talking/writing/typing about female singer-songwriters type of artists only. I think, it’s very good or totally great thing just to editing out all the blokes because they do get the spotlight too much in the music scene anyway! Should I have any kind-of explanation why I pick what track by who? Maybe, if anyone wants more details of reasons or whatever? Just ask, if you want tooo?

Adalita gets to be today’s feature image because off course, there is no gold medal award show!

Please, why not post your own favourite songs of all time by female artists? Or have you already got one you can share or just what to tell me what they’re for you?

Cheers 🙂



  1. Great list. Personally I’d have to find a place for Martha Wainwright somewhere and maybe Eva Cassidy and geez …. can’t leave out Janis Joplin … and for some reason,right this second, Kate Spazzy…….
    I can see that limiting it to 30 is something of a challenge…

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    1. Well, maybe RR you need to put together your own list too? Because you’ve got some great names but which songs? i would love to know more? Just an idea! Cheers 🙂


  2. I punched these all into youtube and made a playlist of the ones I loved. What a revelation William.

    Love this song by PJ Harvey, it has the same rebellious ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude as her later Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea and that drum beat is just great.

    The Breeders Cannonball takes me back to my teens and watching Rage late at night 🙂

    Biscuit by Portishead – one of my favourites on that album Dummy too, love the trip hop beats here they are so timeless.

    Fiona Apple – Paper Bag, a classic pop song with a swing jazzy vibe.

    Bjork – Unison. Wow what a video clip and song, it reminds me of a trippy solo adventure game or some sort of manga. I think she should soundtrack a Miyazaki film.

    HTRK – “Eat Yr Heart” – like this gothic city, back alley vibe at 5 am vibe.

    Jen Cloher- I can’t believe I forgot her off my list she is a stand-out, a real original and this song is so good.

    Love MOD CON – are they from Melbourne? A live gig of theirs would be so good, I can tell.

    Thanks for this William you have introduced me to some really cool music!

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    1. oh well, i never ever really got into Joni sorry to say but i am giving her a another go more lately so i will check out those two albums!
      Cheers again Kev 🙂


  3. The female side of Rock?

    Here are some of my favourite princesses:

    10. Janis Joplin – a woman left lonely
    9. Bette Midler – delta dawn
    8. Blondie – Dreaming
    7. Patti Smith – privilege
    6. Nicolette Larson – Cant get away from you/Sweet Darling
    5. Heart – cooking with fire
    4. Doro Pesch – Warrior Soul
    3. Joan Armatrading – barefoot and pregnant
    2. Tanya Tucker – Angel from Montgommery
    1. Chi Coltrane – Don’t forget the queen

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  4. Hi William,
    Nice list (as always).

    Here are a few old school favourites of mine (in date order like yours)

    Klara and Johanna Soderberg (First Aid Kit) (Sweden) – Hard Believer (2010)
    Sarah Blasko (Oz) – All I Want (2009)
    Laura Marling (UK) – You’re No Godd (2008)
    Neko Case (USA) – Hold On, Hold On (2006)
    Traceyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) (Scotland) – Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken (2006)
    Lucinda Williams (USA) – Righteously (2003)
    Beth Orton (USA) – Central Reservation (1999)
    Jane Siberry (Canada) – Begat Begat (1995)
    KD Lang (Canada) – Constant Craving (1992)
    Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) (UK) – Here’s Where The Story Ends (1990)
    Andrea Croft (Honeys) (Oz) – Monster (1989)
    Debra Conway (Do-Re-Mi) (Oz) – Man Overboard (1985)
    Juliet Ward (Lighthouse Keepers) (Oz) – Springtime (1984)
    Christina Amphlett (The Divinyls) (Oz) – Boys in Town (1983)
    Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) (UK) – Love is a Stranger (1982)
    Chrissy Hinde (The Pretenders) (USA) – Brass In Pocket (1980)
    Debbie Harry (Blondie) (USA) – Heart of Glass (1979)
    Patti Smith (USA) – Gloria (1975)
    Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) (UK) – Who Knows Where The Time Goes (1972)
    Carly Simon (USA) – You’re So Vain (1972)
    Janis Joplin (USA) – Me And Bobby McGhee (1971)
    Carole King (USA) – It’s Too Late (1971)
    Joni Mitchell (Canada) – Big Yellow Taxi (1970)
    Dory Previn (USA) – Beware of Young Girls (1970)
    Laura Nyro (USA) – Stoney End (1968)
    Dusty Springfield (UK) – Son of a Preacher Man (1968)
    Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) (USA) – White Rabbit (1967)
    Martha Reeves (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas) (USA) – Nowhere to Run (1967)
    Cass Elliot (The Mamas and the Papas) (USA) – California Dreamin’ (1965)
    Diana Ross (The Supremes) (USA) – Baby Love (1964)

    Cheers, Peter

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      1. I’ve been listening to your list, and Mod Con reminded me of a lot of late-70s, early 80s women I used to listen to on cassette tape (until they disappeared when I was OS for a while). I guess you know these, but they are in a different vein to the ones above:

        Patti Smith – Piss Factory
        Ari Up (a.k.a. Ariane Forster) and Palmolive (a.k.a. Paloma Romero) (The Slits) – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
        Deborah Evans-Stickland (The Flying Lizards) – Money
        Nina Hagen – African Reggae
        Ari Up (New Age Steppers) – Fade Away
        Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
        Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie And The Banshees) – Happy House
        Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex) – Germ Free Adolescents
        Johanna Pigott and Julie Anderson (XL Capris) – My City of Sydney
        The Stray Dags – Self Attack
        Julie Mostyn (Flaming Hands) – Break Down And Cry
        Laurie Anderson – Sharkey’s Day
        Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson (The B-52’s) – Planet Claire

        (I had links in but they don’t appear in the comment unfort.)

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      2. Wow-wee Pete, another wicked cool list but i haven’t yet listen to your last one, sorry but i will get my shit together and listen to both of them!
        i got to see Mod Con live last year when i was over east sometime? they were a great live act and they’re in France right now touring! Erica did have a great radio show on PBS which i always listen too but that stopped now 😦 because she seems to be touring non-stop with one of her bands. i don’t know if you’ve notices? but i have blogged her other bands/projects a bit like the older acts Poor People and the SMB band in this post:
        Anyway what i was going to say when Erica had that radio show she did just play a lot of music which she called all of it her faves! it was something like 200 plus shows and over that time i am pretty sure she played all the above artists and off course way more, she was totally wicked at name dropping totally obscurer artists too, even stuff i hadn’t heard of before which off course liked/loved, i wish i did write down all the songs/artists she played on that show because PBS has updated their website this year now and because it’s not a current program it’s missing! Maybe, can find the playlist somewhere and blog them here? That would pretty insane blogging but does sound right up my alley, i think try and do that! Anyway always cool hearing from you Peter and I will listen BTW i think you might enjoy a post i am working on right now, fingers-crossed it will be up by the end of this month!
        Cheers again 🙂

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