Updated by The Wild Honey Pie on April 8, 2018
Behind every great song, there is usually a great woman, writing clever and profound lyrics, crafting industry-shifting production and belting out the sweetest of melodies. The women of music have long been underappreciated, but it is by the work of the women that this industry has been continuously propelled forward. It may be impossible to list off every single influential woman in music, so we decided to compile a list of the ones that inspired us the most. The ones that made us feel like we had a voice, too. The ones that laid down the foundation, like Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell, and the ones that continue to innovate, like St. Vincent and Grimes. We thank these women and celebrate them not only for giving us the gift of music but for allowing so many other women the opportunity to follow suit. Artwork by the amazing Natalya Balnova.