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Playlist: Groundbreaking women in music

With National Women’s History Month coming to a close this March, how can a music fan not stop and appreciate all the female talent that has been so impactful to our world?

Even with female artists being pillars of the music industry today, it can be surprising that there are still firsts for female artists, such as Taylor Swift being the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year three times. But, this month helps us recall that some of the most ground-breaking and celebrated artists of the past 100 years have been women.

Whether it be by being succeeding in a genre totally dominated by a male audience, such as The Breeders or Ms. Lauryn Hill, or by changing the musical industry as a whole, like artists such as Aretha Franklin, these artists were trailblazers for the world we have today full of female talents such Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Adele or Ariana Grande. 

The list of incredible female artists is never-ending and all deserving, so with such a wide selection, here is a return to some groundbreakers from before the radio was filled with today’s hit artists.

"Drivin' on 9" — The Breeders

"Kyoto" — Phoebe Bridgers

"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) " — Aretha Franklin

"Dark But Just A Game" — Lana Del Rey

"Nice and Quiet" — Bedouine

"It's Too Late" — Carole King

"Fade Into You" — Mazzy Star

"Give Me One Reason" — Tracy Chapman

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" — Pat Benatar

"J'ai jeté mon coeur" — Françoise Hardy

"Zombie" — The Cranberries

"Comeback Kid" — Sharon Van Etten

"Everyday People" — Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

"Down By The Water" — PJ Harvey

"Total Eclipse of the Heart" — Bonnie Tyler

"Ex-Factor" — Ms. Lauryn Hill

"All Nerve" — The Breeders

"Edge of Seventeen" — Stevie Nicks


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