Ranking any work of art is a difficult task. You are left haunted by the ones that were left off the list rather than comforted by those that made the list. It often leads to debates that last for days and weeks about who should have made the list and at what rank. What we experienced recently when we went through NPR’s “The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women” was different. According to NPR, the list is “an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation.”
Every page of the list we went through led to a joyous travel down memory lane. Before we were done reminiscing about Alicia Keyes’ debut album, we got into a conversation about Solange’s A Seat at the Table. Then we pulled up Anita Baker’s Repture for a dose of soul to our afternoon.
We grooved to Macy Gray and got a fire in our hearts sparked by Queen Latifah’s All Hail The Queen. Whatever your opinion about the rankings or who made it to the list, this is a magnificent collection of incredible work by women of all races, from rock to pop to hip hop.
You must look at the full list here.