Triple J is counting down the Hottest 100 of the last twenty years today. It’s by popular vote and very few female artists or women-fronted acts have made the cut. So if anyone tries to argue that’s because women just don’t make very good music you might want to share this. And if you don’t hear women on your radio, make your own playlists! I hope this gets you off to a good start as an alternative snapshot of the last twenty odd years.
PJ Harvey, Bjork, Hole, L7, Veruca Salt, The Breeders, Bikini Kill, Belly, Elastica, Garbage, The Cranberries, Tuscadero, Babes in Toyland, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Sleater Kinney, Le Tigre, Mazzy Star, Throwing Muses, Lush, Concrete Blonde, Transvision Vamp, No Doubt, Magic Dirt, The Divinyls, Portishead, Belly, Sneaker Pimps, Frente, Lush, Liz Phair, Michelle Shocked, Tracy Chapman, Yeasty Girls, Catatonia, Natalie Merchant, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Patti Smith, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Sinead O’Connor, kd lang, Cowboy Junkies, Cocteau Twins, Wild Flag, Martha Wainwright, Janelle Monae, Camille, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cat Power, Missy Higgins, Clare Bowditch, The Waifs, Blondie, Kim Deal, Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Biftek, Metric, The Dixie Chicks, Paramore, The Pretenders, Rilo Kiley, Lucinda Williams, Sugarcubes, The Lunachicks, The Donnas, The Spazzys, The Gossip, The 5, 6, 7, 8s, The Slits, Keren Ann, Frida Hyvonen, First Aid Kit, Robyn, Adele, The Cardigans, Beth Orton, Kasey Chambers, Gillian Welch, Juliana Hatfield, The Knife, Little Birdy, Neko Case, Skulker, Georgia Fields, Angie Hart, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, Emily Mae and the Alarum Belles, The Dames, Those Darlins, Beaches, The Be Good Tanyas, Indigo Girls, Haim, Fire Party, Luscious Jackson, The Pandoras, Skunk Anansie, Ladyhawke, The Motels, Feist, Killing Heidi, Superjesus, Dresden Dolls, Tegan and Sara, Santigold, Missy Elliot, Regina Spektor, Joan as Policewoman, Howling Bells, Electrelane, Baby Animals, Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom, Mountain Man, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jen Cloher, Cash Savage, Mia Dyson, Sarah Blasko, Monique Brumby, Sia, Liz Stringer, Kimbra, Holly Throsby, Vika & Linda, Katie Noonan, Sally Seltmann.
Please add more in the comments. This is just the stuff *I* like, so there’s plenty more amazing female talent in musical neighbourhoods I don’t visit often.