Landmark albums by women

In honor of Women’s History Month, let us revisit some revolutionary albums by women released over the years.

Robin Doyscher, Senior Reporter


For a long time, women have been helping lead the conversation in music, moving forward the art form in many new directions with boundary-pushing albums. The glass ceiling has been shattered by so many incredible releases over the years across so many genres.

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Carole King’s “Tapestry” (1971)

“Tapestry” was the second studio album by singer-songwriter Carole Kingーgrammy award-winner, and inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carole King’s “Tapestry” was primarily written by her, and showcased a litany of songwriting, vocal and instrumental talents. The highly acclaimed album’s conversational and introspective style brought forth a new age of female-led rock-pop and furthered the stylings of many female independent artists.

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Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (2006)

Considered one of the best albums of the twenty-first century, “Back to Black” was the second and final album by singer Amy Winehouse. The singer rode a wave of jazz-influenced pop albums that rocked the mainstream. Bringing her signature mixture of wit and vulnerability, “Back to Black” was solely written by Winehouse and, coupled with impeccable production from Mark Ronson, astounded critics from all corners of the music industry.

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Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” (2016)

Considered her most masterful and expansive project, Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” dove deep into the pain, struggles and emotional weight that Black women in America face every day. The trauma of racial injustice was laid bare through both the politically relevant songs and her stunning “Lemonade” film, which was credited to seven directors. Blending R&B and art pop together, the album also explored the infidelity of Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, and was an incredible dive into the psyche of a superstar.

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Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” (1971)

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” has remained one of the most iconic, animated and real albums for decades since its release in 1971. Known for her distinctive guitar style, Mitchell’s cheerful and eccentric style was highlighted across this album. Mitchell’s music embodied the idea of a free spirit, and brought meaningful pop ballads to a wide audience. 


So many women have furthered music as a medium over the years that it is difficult to choose the most influential, but starting with a few popular landmarks is the best way to go.