NPR recently published a list called “Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women”:
This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation. Compiled by nearly 50 women from across NPR and the public radio system and produced in partnership with Lincoln Center, it rethinks popular music to put women at the center.
It’s a fascinating list, and one that sparked quite a bit of conversation between Jonathan and I. The usual questions that always accompany a ranking of any kind – Why this album and not that one? Why this artist but not that one? – seemed excellent fodder for a broader conversation at Country Universe, especially as we prepare for the 10th Anniversary edition of our 100 Greatest Women list.
Over the next few days, we will discuss the nineteen country (and country-adjacent) albums included among the 150 entries, make note of some artists overlooked, and even chat a bit about the non-country entries that we have some strong opinions about.
Please join us in these conversations by commenting!
Here is a breakdown of our upcoming discussions:
11. Dolly Parton, Coat of Many Colors
18. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
24. Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter
39. Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator)
46. Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball
Part Two: NPR #51-#80
53. Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like a Wheel
62. Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
68. Rosanne Cash, King’s Record Shop
76. Tammy Wynette, Stand By Your Man
Part Three: NPR #81-#100
83. Bobbie Gentry, Ode to Billie Joe
88. k.d. lang, Ingenue
89. Shania Twain, Come On Over
91. Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite
99. Taylor Swift, Fearless
Part Four: NPR #101-#150
110. Miranda Lambert, Platinum
114. Reba McEntire, Rumor Has It
132. Shelby Lynne, I Am Shelby Lynne
142. Iris DeMent, My Life
146. Patty Griffin, Flaming Red
Part Five: NPR MIA
Part Six: NPR Non-Country