10 Songs By Female Musicians That Should Be In Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years

The last time Triple J held a Hottest 100 of All Time, no female artist or band with a permanent female vocalist made the countdown. 100 songs and not one female in the entire list. Given the number of amazing and talented Australian and international female musicians, this is a pretty deplorable statistic.

In light of this, I’ve put together a list of my own favourite songs by female artists and female fronted bands that are more than worth voting for in the station’s upcoming Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years. As it turns out, the same list is almost identical to the list of my favourite songs, female or male, from the past 20 years.

Of course, this list is very far from exhaustive. Every day female artists release more and more brilliant songs. You don’t have to vote for all, or any of these songs, but hopefully you will be more keenly aware of the ongoing gap that exists between male and female musicians in modern independent music.

Beyonce – Crazy In Love

Missy Higgins – Scar

The Cranberries – Zombie

Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Bjork – Hyperballad

M.I.A – Paper Planes

Sarah Blasko – Don’t U Eva

The Knife – Heartbeats



About Liam Carswell & Jamila Fontana

We are two twenty something, pop culture loving, politics loving, left leaning, female rap adoring, fashion obsessive friends from Hobart, Tasmania, Almost Melbourne. On politics, world affairs, relationships, society and all things unspoken and awkward. Liam likes vinyl, Topman and coke. Jamila likes Eve, middle aged folk singers and Che Guevara (still!).
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2 Responses to 10 Songs By Female Musicians That Should Be In Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years

  1. sarahroskell says:

    Some Little Birdy definitely rates a mention in this list..

  2. David says:

    I agree with Sarah Roskell – how could Little Birdy be left out! I love Katy Steele’s work. I definitely agree with Robyn – Dancing On My Own; surely that song can’t be based on a true story – I mean who would not want to dance with someone like Robyn who is [a] beautiful and [b] an extremely talented singer/songwriter

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