This weekend, Australian radio station triple J aired it’s Hottest 100 of all time – voted for by listeners.
Of the 100 featured songs, only two were sung by female vocalists.
The station’s talk back show Hack then hosted a discussion on the lack of women in the league table. It all prompted a conversation I had with a couple of pals last night (over our first knitting lesson – but more about that another time) – who was missing?
I struggled to come up with which women that I thought should be in there that were missing. The list of really-rather-good female singers that we came up with at the time was short. But I have now thought on it a little longer and there *are* people missing.
Lauryn Hill (the ‘fugees)
While everyone always contests the results of these things (should Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit rate higher than Lennon’s Imagine?) it is still incredibly interesting that the demographic that listens to one of Australia’s main radio stations should be attracted to only male singing voices.
I don’t imagine men massively outvoted women, which means we *all* voted for the men. Can women not write or perform memorable songs? Is the pitch of the female voice somehow inadequate at providing the emotional attachment required to label their song as your greatest ever?
The list (as you would imagine by the music Triple J plays) was dominated by a lot of rock – is that just more of a male genre?
But Triple J looked into their current playlist and found that female singers are strongly represented, making up close to half of the songs they categorise to be played regularly.
Why do you think women didn’t make the list? To get you thinking about who might have been there, this is a nice alternative female only list – a little tongue in cheek!