With all the press around Beyoncé’s latest album and Taylor Swifts music, it got TMB thinking about other amazing women in music who have pushed the boundaries and been a voice for women. We’ve put together what we think are the greatest women in music. Find out the reasons why below!
It wouldn’t be a ‘greatest women in music’ list without including Madonna. With an estimated net worth of over $800 million, she has had comeback after comeback. From her memorable Like a Virgin performance at the MTV awards in 1984, to the release of Ray of Light in 1998 after the birth of her first child, this woman has constantly reinvented herself and pushed the boundaries of music for women.
We couldn’t resist including her famous 2014 VMA performance. Majority of Gen Y will have followed Bey on her journey: When she was starting out with her ladies in Destiny’s Child, her romance with Jay Z during the release of Dangerously in Love, and surprising all her fans by dropping her self titled auto-visual album. She’s touched upon feminism, perfection, as well as body image in her music, and is constantly at the top of powerful women lists. While she was having her first child she worked on another album, and more recently released a new clothing range. Is there anything this woman can’t do?
There’s one thing TMB really admires about Taylor Swift and it isn’t the fact that she spoke about feminism during her interview with Maxim magazine. It’s the fact that she’s always kept it classy when marketing herself in music. Too many times the industry can change women and put the focus on image, rather than music and Swift is an exception. She also makes our list because she openly talks about double standards in music, “A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining.”
Who could forget about Debbie Harry from Blondie? She’s on of the most iconic women in punk rock from the 80’s and is known for her music, style, and attitude. Looks like Swift has taken a leaf out of Harry’s book too: “I wasn’t going to be told by my record company how to look,” (Taken from the Telegraph). Her attitude paid off as her eagerness to experiment with clothes and play dress-up during performances made her a source of inspiration to the fashion world is one of the greatest women in music today.
Last but certainly not very least, Kathleen Hanna makes our list. While she may not be well known in the mainstream music industry, this woman has achieved so much for women using her voice. With the help of other like-minded female musicians in Olympia, Washington during the early 90’s, Hanna launched the Riot Grrrl Movement, which triggered third-wave feminism and is the reason why she makes our list of the greatest women in music.