This Saturday marks 2021's National Album Day. Returning for its fourth year, National Album Day will this year be boasting the theme 'Celebrating Women in Music'!
Teaming up this year with BBC Sounds and Bowers & Wilkins, National Album Day aims to applaud the album format. In particular this year, it'll be championing acclaimed albums created by female-identifying artists throughout history.
At See Tickets, we've decided to also turn our attention to the albums we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts, made by - or featuring - pioneering women in the music industry.
Take a look through why we've chosen our favourite records, and some honourable mentions for other female-led albums that we adore. From Kylie Minogue to Kate Nash, Solange to Sharon Van Etten... we guarantee there'll be an album you love on our list too. If not, why not let us know which ones we've missed and we'll give them a spin!
Chris - Christine & The Queens
In 'Chris', the world saw Christine & The Queens in her most sincere, unapologetic form. Her sophomore album is an ode to fluidity: flirting with gender and sexuality in a way rarely seen in pop music, since the likes of Prince and David Bowie. I'm grateful to have discovered Christine on my first listen in 2016. In her art and presence, Christine has been a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry that can often feel stagnant with the weight of the same formulaic vision of pop music. In 'Chris', we find a masterclass in alt-pop. While debut album 'Chaleur Humaine' introduced Christine's genius to the world, I truly feel that 'Chris' solidified her status as an icon and an inspiration to anyone who has felt they don't fit inside the box of traditional societal norms. - Sarah M.
Grey Area - Little Simz
Little Simz is a master of her craft, and her 2019 album ‘GREY Area’ struck a chord with me and solidified her as a staple in my listening rotation. She is a powerhouse with her gifted lyricism and sharp tongue. Not one song is there without a purpose, and it is almost impossible to choose a favourite.
'Venom’ and ‘Offence’ pack a punch with her game changing MC’ing, while showing off her ability to flow between vulnerability and self-assuredness. Not only is she the best woman in the game right now, but she is in my view, the best in the game outright. The way she tackles difficult themes in a colourful, emotionally charged way results in a masterpiece. - Abi L.
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
I didn’t know a huge amount about Amy when I was gifted this album but it remains one of my all-time favourites to this day. It reminds me of a very specific period in my life, and when I had a very tiny 1GB iPod Nano to take with me on travels to Australia this was one of albums I had on repeat.
Amy’s voice and sound weren’t like anything else I’d listened to before and that’s one of the reasons it really stuck out for me. My favourite track from the album has always been ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’. - Kiren P.
Remind Me Tomorrow - Sharon Van Etten
‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ is the fifth LP from Sharon Van Etten, and the one that belatedly introduced me to her stunning sound. I can’t quite remember exactly how or why I stumbled across it – probably via the anthemic single ‘Seventeen’ – but it instantly hooked me, and I declared it my ‘album of the year’ in 2019 after hearing the likes of ‘Comeback Kid’, ‘Jupiter 4’ and ‘No One’s Easy To Love’ from it at NOS Alive Festival that summer. A truly flawless album that ages like a fine wine. 10/10. - Callum T.W.
Born to Die - Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s second album was the soundtrack to my university days. Carefree and dreamy, Del Rey took inspiration from old school Hollywood, and I fell for it hook line and sinker. Ever since I became entranced with ‘Video Games’ and the mesmerising Tumblr style video that was released alongside it, me and my friends were OBSESSED with 'Born to Die' and Del Rey’s storytelling abilities. ‘Blue Jeans’, ‘National Anthem’ and ‘Dark Paradise’ were some favourite songs from the album, but in truth, I just loved it all. - Georgia T.
Lemonade - Beyoncé
Tapestry - Carole King
Pang - Caroline Polachek
LP1 - FKA twigs
Rumors - Fleetwood Mac
Art Angels - Grimes
Women in Music Pt. III - Haim
Petals for Armor - Hayley Williams
Honeyblood - Honeyblood
Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae
Girl Talk - Kate Nash
I'm All Ears - Let's Eat Grandma
Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt
Woman On The Internet - Orla Gartland
After Laughter - Paramore
Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers
Sawayama - Rina Sawayama
No Cities To Love - Sleater-Kinney
A Seat At The Table - Solange
Blue Weekend - Wolf Alice
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
Man Made – Greentea Peng
Source – Nubya Garcia
It’s Not Me It’s You - Lily Allen
Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish
Ctrl – SZA
If You Leave - Daughter
Don’t Let The Ink Dry – Eve Owen
Evermore – Taylor Swift
Turn Out The Lights – Julien Baker
Home Video – Lucy Dacus
Bashed Out – This Is The Kit
Two Hands – Big Thief
Color Theory – Soccer Mommy
Silver Tongue - TORRES
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
Live Through This - Hole
Spice - Spice Girls
Like A Prayer - Madonna
Fever - Kylie Minogue
Check out the highlights from all of these incredible albums on one handy playlist, and celebrate women in music with us!
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