PLAYLIST: Tough Bitches

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This is a long ode to all the women in music who have either directly or inadvertently redefined feminism, allowed us to express ourselves or paved the way for more women in popular culture. Some of this may surprise you. This list covers 100 years of recorded music and we feel we hit a lot of different cultures, emotions and generations that make up who we are: tough women, aka “bitches.” Reclaim it.

Lauryn Hill: We opened this mix with some words of wisdom from Lauryn Hill. Lauryn has been through her share of trials and tribulations and it only matters because she, stripped bare in this 12-minute soliloquy, has articulated her struggles in a way every woman, and person, can identify, learn and grow from. “If you aren’t growing, you are dead,” she says. 

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders: So many people, men and women alike, still seem to believe women-fronted rock bands just aren’t as good as the ones fronted by men. Hynde released single after single with The Pretenders, and even if you don’t know  the names you are guaranteed to sing along when you hear them.

Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston: We paired these two because not only are they both legends of their genres (Country-Pop and Pop-R&B respectively) but they are forever tied by “I Will Always Love You.” Who sang it better? For years, Dolly has hands-down given that credit to Whitney saying “Oh I love Whitney Houston… she has made me a lot of money.” (Parton wrote the original). They both are massive gay icons and legendary divas. 

The immortal Selena. 1971-1995

The immortal Selena. 1971-1995

Chloe Chaidez of KittenChaidez is just 17-years-old. She wrote the Cut It Out EP during her sophomore year of high school. We think her music speaks for herself and cannot wait to hear what is coming from her.

Karen O of the Yeah Yeah YeahsKaren O is that weird girl who seems to keep making it normal for the rest of us weird girls to be weird and we love her and her weirdness. 

Selena: Selena made a bold move when no one else was doing it. In her 23 short years on this planet she made it big in the Latin music world and then crossed over to mainstream American-English stardom. She paved the way for so many to come after her: Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez, just to name a couple. 

Elly Jackson of La Roux: La Roux is new to the scene but their songs are addicting. What’s cooler: front-woman Elly Jackson has no qualms about blurring the gender lines. Keep it coming Elly!

 

Well that is just to name a few, so who did we miss?