The Greatest Albums Made By Women (Part 2)

Bobbie_Gentry-The_Delta_Sweete_3by Kris Smith

Here’s our second selection of the Greatest Albums Made By Women from the last 50 years. We had to do a Part 2 because we ran out of space for so much music last time! Here are 201 more LOUD WOMEN-endorsed records, with our trademark emphasis on punk and indie and a massive side-order of soul, hip-hop, post-punk, queercore and everything else we like, as long as it’s LOUD.

Any list like this is a mixture of personal tastes and some arbitrary criteria so bear in mind that your favourite globe-bestriding corporate-pop diva or chamber-folk chanteuse may not be here as that’s not really our priority. On the other hand they might be here if we really like them and their album. Our zine, our rules!

As with our Part 1 it’s a response to this and this article from last year, and highlights albums and artists that they missed. Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions this time, and keep them coming for Part 3.

A parting thought: 2015, 2016 and 2017 have the most entries here. We think that reflects not only more women involved in music at every level – which LOUD WOMEN plays a part in promoting – but also the fact that the best music being made is always the music being made at the moment. Don’t look back in nostalgia: look at the music of now. Support the bands, see them live when you can and buy the music when you can. 

Bobbie Gentry – The Delta Sweete (1968)

Ruth Brown – Black is Brown and Brown is Beautiful (1969)

The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World (1969)

Martha Reeves – Martha Reeves (1974)

Blondie – Blondie (1976)

The Runaways – Waitin’ for the Night (1977)

Penetration – Moving Targets (1978)

The Rezilllos – Can’t Stand the Rezillos (1978)

Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette (1980)

Martha & the Muffins – Metro Music (1980)

The Passions – Michael and Miranda (1980)

Pink Military – Do Animals Believe in God? (1980)

Bow Wow Wow – See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah (1981)

Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Mambo Nassau (1981)

8 Eyed Spy – 8 Eyed Spy (1981)

Girls At Our Best – Pleasure (1981)

Pretenders – Pretenders II (1981)

Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club (1981)

Go Go’s – Vacation (1982)

Legal Weapon – Death of Innocence (1982)

Maximum Joy – Station MXJY (1982)

Poison Girls – Where’s the Pleasure? (1982)

Romeo Void – Benefactor (1982)

Sado Nation – We’re Not Equal (1982)

Klymaxx – Meeting in the Ladies Room (1984)

Propaganda – A Secret Wish (1985)

Skeletal Family – Futile Combat (1985)

As Mercenarias – Cade As Armas? (1986)

Fuzzbox – Bostin’ Steve Austin (1986)

Shop Assistants – Will Anything Happen (1986)

Chumbawamba – Never Mind the Ballots, Here’s the Rest of Your Life (1987)

Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll (1988)

J.J.Fad – Supersonic (1988)

Joyce McKinney Experience – Joyce Offspring (1988)

Cookie Crew – Born This Way (1989)

Fire Party – New Orleans Opera (1989)

Sofa Head – What a Predicament (1990)

ESG – Erase You (1991)

Oaktown’s 3.5.7. – Fully Loaded (1991)

Babes in Toyland – Fontanelle (1992)

God Is My Co-Pilot – I Am Not This Body (1992)

Lida Husik – The Return of Red Emma (1992)

Little Annie – Short and Sweet (1992)

Mecca Normal – Dovetail (1992)

Sister George – Drag King (1992)

Sonic Youth – Dirty (1992)

Yo Yo – Black Pearl (1992)

Conscious Daughters – Ear to the Street (1993)

Me’shell NdegeOcello – Plantation Lullabies (1993)

Patra – Queen of the Pack (1993)

Echobelly – Everyone’s Got One (1994)

Thee Headcoatees – Ballad of the Insolent Pup (1994)

Lady Saw – Lover Girl (1994)

Scum of Toytown – Strike (1994)

Thrum – Rifferama (1994)

Veruca Salt – American Thighs (1994)

Voodoo Queens – Chocolate Revenge (1994)

The Amps – Pacer (1995)

Bandit Queen – Hormone Hotel (1995)

Belly – Star (1995)

Helium – The Dirt of Luck (1995)

Picasso Trigger – Bipolar Cowboy (1995)

Sidi Bou Said – Bodies (1995)

Splendora – In the Grass (1995)

Foxy Brown – Il Na Na (1996)

Cypher In The Snow – Blow Away the Glitter Diamonds (1997)

Lady Of Rage – Necessary Roughness (1997)

Longstocking – Once Upon a Time Called Now (1997)

Prolapse – The Italian Flag (1997)

Cadallaca – Introducing (1998)

Garbage – Version 2.0 (1998)

Lucid Nation – American Stonehenge (1998)

Les Nubians – Princesses Nubiennes (1998)

Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun (2000)

Broadcast – The Noise Made by People (2000)

Sunshine Anderson – Your Woman (2001)

Harum Scarum – Suppose We Try (2001)

The Quails – We Are The Quails (2001)

Ladytron – Light & Magic (2002)

Ms. Jade – Girl Interrupted (2002)

Pretty Girls Make Graves – Good Health (2002)

Rogers Sisters – Purely Evil (2002)

Soffy O – Tok Tok vs. Soffy O (2002)

Anjali – The World of Lady A (2003)

Dominatrix – Beauville (2003)

Goldfrapp – Black Cherry (2003)

Lil Kim – La Bella Mafia (2003)

The Knife – Deep Cuts (2003)

Fried – Fried (2004)

Jean Grae – This Week (2004)

Numbers – In My Mind All the Time (2004)

Yumiyumi – Alchemy (2004)

The A-Lines – You Can Touch (2005)

Amerie – Touch (2005)

Gravy Train!!!! – Are You Wigglin? (2005)

Be Your Own Pet – Be Your Own Pet (2006)

Mika Miko – C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. (2006)

Pony Up! – Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes (2006)

Psalm One – The Death of Frequent Flyer (2006)

Shitting Glitter – Free Alongside Ship (2006)

Tanya Stephens – Rebelution (2006)

Swan Island – The Centre Will Hold (2006)

Victory At Sea – All Your Things Are Gone (2006)

Demander – The Unkindness of Ravens (2007)

Beverley Knight – Music City Soul (2007)

Northern State – Can I Keep This Pen (2007)

The Kills – Midnight Boom (2008)

Red Herring – Faster Moving Forward (2008)

Lemuria – Get Better (2008)

Santogold – Santogold (2008)

The Shondes – The Red Sea (2008)

Vancougar – Canadian Tuxedo (2008)

Yo Majesty – Futuristically Speaking Never be Afraid (2008)

Comanechi – Crime of Love (2009)

Drunk Granny – Music for Archives (2010)

Grass Widow – Past Time (2010)

TacocaT – Shame Spiral (2010)

Teeth – Whatever (2010)

Corin Tucker Band – 1000 Years (2010)

Belgrado – Belgrado (2011)

Household – Items (2011)

Joan As Police Woman – The Deep Field (2011)

Jessica 6 – See the Light (2011)

No Mas Bodas – Erotic Stories from the Space Capsule (2011)

Poly Styrene – Generation Indigo (2011)

The Rayographs – The Rayographs (2011)

Wild Flag – Wild Flag (2011)

Deep Time – Deep Time (2012)

Grimes – Visions (2012)

Rapsody – The Idea of Beautiful (2012)

The Splits – The Splits (2012)

The Courtneys – The Courtneys (2013)

Potty Mouth – Hell Bent (2013)

Big Eyes – Almost Famous (2013)

Savages – Silence Yourself (2013)

Silver Fox – Silver Fox (2013)

Mavis Staples – One True Vine (2013)

Tank & the Bangas – Think Tank (2013)

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We the Common (2013)

Throwing Up – Over You (2013)

Cayetana – Nervous Like Me (2014)

Cold Beat – Over Me (2014)

Ex Hex – Rips (2014)

She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses (2014)

Neighbourhood Brats – Neighbourhood Brats (2014)

Ravioli Me Away – The Inevitable Album (2014)

tUnE-yArDs – Nikki Nack (2014)

Bellies – Sinister World Music (2015)

Chantal Claret – Battles of a Heavy Heart (2015)

Efa Supertramp – Rhyddid Yw Y Freuddwyd (2015)

Fleshworld – Wild Animals in My Life (2015)

Gauche – Get Away With (2015)

Lonelady – Hinterland (2015)

Nervous Twitch – Get Back in Line (2015)

Oracy – Foot in the Door (2015)

Personal Best – Arnos Vale (2015)

Shopping – Why Choose (2015)

Stealing Sheep – Not Real (2015)

THEESatisfaction – EarthEE (2015)

U.S. Girls – Half Free (2015)

War On Women – War On Women (2015)

Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me (2016)

Bent – Snakes and Shapes (2016)

Deap Vally – Femejism (2016)

Doe – Some Things Last Longer Than You (2016)

The Empty Page – Unfolding (2016)

Honeyblood – Babes Never Die (2016)

Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (2016)

Little Simz – Stillness in Wonderland (2016)

Muncie Girls – From Caplan to Belsize (2016)

Naked Lights – On Nature (2016)

Petrol Girls – Talk of Violence (2016)

Rattle – Rattle (2016)

September Girls – Age of Indignation (2016)

Skating Polly – The Big Fit (2016)

Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos (2016)

3D Na’Tee – The Regime (2016)

The Tuts – Update Your Brain (2016)

The Twistettes – Jilt the Jive (2016)

Cupcakke – Queen Elizabitch (2017)

The Darts – Me.Ow. (2017)

Desperate Journalist – Grow Up (2017)

Ex People – Bird (2017)

French Vanilla – French Vanilla (2017)

Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man (2017)

Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam (2017)

Leikeli47 – Wash and Set (2017)

Marauder – Marauder (2017)

Menstrual Cramps – We’re Not Ovaryacting (2017)

Party Fears – Party Fears (2017)

Pet Crow – A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pond Life (2017)

Priests – Nothing Feels Natural (2017)

Red Red Krovvy – Red Red Krovvy (2017)

Jemma Roper – The Thumping Heart of Night (2017)

Sacred Paws – Strike a Match (2017)

Nitty Scott – Creature! (2017)

Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love (2017)

Sneaks – It’s a Myth (2017)

SZA – Ctrl (2017)

Vagabon – Infinite Worlds (2017)

The World – First World Record (2017)

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