Twitter @Hottest100women

Today’s Guest Hoyden: “Fuckpoliteness would like to note that her morning (and arguably her life) is not running to any plan she made for it. She enjoys unladylike behaviour and making her partner giggle and occasionally blush.”

I’d just like to draw everyone’s attention to a grassroots Twitter campaign to compile a Hottest 100 list of songs by female artists in response to the JJJ list that included (at the uppermost) six songs with female band members.

The rules are it needs to be a female muso, a female led band, or a band with at least two female members in it.

It’s actually a really interesting and satisfying process, to go through your collection and realise how many excellent female performed songs you have – and to be cut free of the ‘ten BEST EVER’ which I find pressured and heirarchical – instead I get to say ‘Oh, and THIS song, I love this song’ but not have to bother over which of them is better than the other.

It’s picking up pace – the creator of the twitter account is being interviewed on RRR radio tonight, and has brought the list to the attention of JJJ twitter accounts, and Clare Bowditch – if anyone else has any suggestions for how to get more exposure for this list, I’m all ears (and Tweeting fingers).

I would dearly LOVE for this list to be absolutely everywhere – in the aftermath of the justifications of the lack of women in the JJJ list (oh, it’s 90s heavy, women just don’t rock hard enough, not that many women were involved in music til recently) I would love to give such a lovely, choc full of talent and easy to read lesson in music history to a whole bunch of grumbling defenders.

I’m aware that there’ll be people for whom twitter is a new thing/they can’t be bothered. So if you want to submit songs, you can do it here, and I’ll submit them to the @Hottest100Women twitter account and when the results are published, I’ll pop the list on here.

So get amongst it, have at it, how hard is it to submit it in comments here if you’re not a Twitter person? If you’ve got a beef over the blandness/exclusion of the JJJ list, or simply listen to female musos you wish people listened to more, then what are you waiting for?

Categories: arts & entertainment, gender & feminism, media


28 replies

  1. Whoops, I forgot to give it a heading – perhaps simply Twitter @Hottest100women?

  2. And ta so much for rescuing me from my technical ineptitude.

  3. Oops, I was so busy finding the link that I forgot about a heading too! Oh well, sorted now.

  4. Woot! This is brill.
    I’d also like to point to a Livejournal meme, Female Appreciation Month, also inspired by the Hottest 100 genderfail. Lots of clips and links and terrific posts about women the posters love.

  5. This is the coolest idea ever!

  6. It’s WAY fun and so addictive!

  7. I am not a twitter person, so can I humbly submit some songs here?
    kd lang Hallelujah
    Tori Amos Professional Widow
    Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
    Concrete Blonde Joey
    Sleater K inney Jumpers
    Wow, now I’ve started I could go on for hours, but that’ll do for now.

  8. YAY! I’ll copy and paste

  9. I’ll humbly submit mine here too. Once I started thinking I couldn’t stop! Maybe I’ll have to submit these in batches of 10 or something. 🙂
    Brass In Pocket – Pretenders
    Tomorrow Wendy – Concrete Blonde
    Oh Bondage, Up Yours – X-Ray Spex
    Land … – Patti Smith
    Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
    Mandinka – Sinead O’Connor
    It’s Too Late – Carole King
    PJ Harvey – 50 Foot Queenie
    Joni Mitchell – The Circle Game
    Constant Craving – KD Lang

  10. Hymn to Her – The Pretenders
    Professional Widow – Tori Amos
    I Kissed A Girl – Jill Sobule
    Queer – Garbage
    Transylvanian Concubine – Rasputina

  11. See for some of the responses being sent on Twitter.

  12. Does hottest mean sexiest here, or just best? Not all of my picks would suit the former.
    Only Happy When it Rains – Garbage.
    Caught a Light Sneeze – Tori Amos.
    Crucify – also Tori Amos.
    Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall.
    You and Ur Hand – Pink.
    Never Say Goodbye – Hayley Westenra.

  13. Best…like hottest 100 with jjj was supposed to mean.

  14. My collection’s not very current (but then neither was the TripleJ list, particularly!) “Where is the disco?”, I’m thinking.
    I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    I Love Rock n Roll – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart
    Love Shack and Roam – B-52s
    Island Home – Christine Anu
    Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
    Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
    Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
    Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walking
    Killing Me Softly – Fugees
    Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
    Divinyls – Science Fiction
    Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor
    Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
    k.d. lang – Constant Craving and Hallelujah
    Blondie – Heart of Glass
    Kim Wilde – Kids in America
    Summertime – Billie Holliday
    Why do Fools Fall in Love – Diana Ross
    Madonna – Like a Prayer, Into the Groove
    Roxette – The Look
    Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
    Mr Sandman – the Chordettes
    La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf
    Think & Respect – Aretha Franklin
    Always Something There to Remind Me – Rebecca’s Empire
    The Lady is a Tramp – Ella Fitzgerald
    Linger- Cranberries
    Straight Life – Black Box Recorder
    Mother of Pearl – Nellie McKay
    Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time, True Colors
    Pat Benatar – We Belong
    Bring Me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge
    Michelle Branch – Goodbye To You
    Drop The Pilot – Joan Armatrading
    Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams


  16. Fee B Squared, breakfasters presenter on Triple R in Melbourne did an entire hottest 100 female artists and songs playlist/broadcast on a couple of days after the JJJ poll came out, which generated huge buzz on twitter, with tonnes of people following. You can find her on blip here: <a href="</a&gt;

  17. Done, up to comment 14, keep them coming!

  18. Hi all, I have only recently discovered this great website so this is my first comment 🙂
    Here are my top 10;
    Standing in the Way of Control- The Gossip
    Cry Baby- Janis Joplin
    Cornflake Girl- Tori Amos
    Pass the Dutch- Missy Elliot
    Malibu- Hole
    I Love Rock n Roll- Joan Jett
    Why- The Eurythmics
    California Dreaming- The Mamas & The Papas
    Hand in my Pocket- Alannis Morrisette
    Mandika- Sinead O’Connor
    There are so many wonderfully talanted female artists out there- I think JJJ should do another countdown for female artists- I mean we’ve pretty much just had one for the males!

  19. R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Aretha Franklin
    Gloria – Patti Smith
    Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico
    Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez
    Cannonball – Breeders
    Los Angeles – X
    I Get Out – Lauryn Hill
    Supernova – Liz Phair
    Foolish Games – Jewel
    Songbird – Eva Cassidy
    Waterfalls – TLC
    You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt
    Human Behaviour – Bjork
    Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
    Doll Parts – Hole
    Juice – Headless Chickens
    Pretend We’re Dead – L7
    Cross Bones Style – Cat Power
    Jolene – Dolly Parton
    Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
    Alone – Heart
    Alive and Brilliant – Deborah Conway
    Pain In My Heart – Babes in Toyland
    The Sound of White – Missy Higgins
    What You Waiting For? – Gwen Stefani
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – The Supremes
    ABBA – Dancing Queen 🙂

  20. How could I forget Dolly Parton? 9 to 5 FTW!

  21. I’m so glad someone still remembers Bring Me Some Water, I thought it had disappeared forever. I promise to get a list up today (though it is likely to duplicate Lauredhel’s in many areas).

  22. Well that’s a good thing, your fav songs will have more ppl voting for them! I love that, that everyone has a slightly different bent and you can see the overlaps and the differences. I have absolutely no idea what’s in the top five now though.

  23. Just an update that from around 350 votes the other day, it’s up to 1905 (or something like that) now. Two weeks left of voting. All votes on this thread so far have been plugged in – NE doing a sensational job.

  24. It’s interesting with a list like this, there are artists like PJ Harvey who I play all the time, and ones like Tina Turner who I don’t actually play (dig it every time I hear someone else play it) but I think her influence and talent puts her in my ‘all time’ list. These songs were not deliberately put in any order but I think I started ‘going back’ more, in my mind, towards the end of the list. So in some spots I kind of feel like I’m dipping into memories of the things that Mum and Dad played that I liked and seem to have stood out over the years. There are so many more so I need to just post this list and stop thinking about it or I’ll never get it posted …
    PJ Harvey – Angeline
    PJ Harvey – The Devil
    PJ Harvey – White Chalk
    Cat Power  –  Metal heart
    Fiona Apple – Paper bag
    Feist – My Moon my man
    Portishead   – Wandering star
    Tori Amos – Crucify
    Tori Amos – Professional widow
    Sinead O’Connor – Nothing compares to you
    Divynls – I touch myself
    Kate Bush – Babushka
    Kate Bush – Running up that hill
    The Pretenders – Brass in pocket
    Veruca Salt – Seether
    Skunk Anansie – Hedonism
    Goldfrapp – Pilots
    Golfrapp – Strict Machine
    Tracey Chapman – Fast car
    Kaki King – Pull me out alive
    Kate Miller Heidke – words
    Garbage – Queer
    Lamb – Goreki
    Zero 7- Destiny
    The Audreys – Lay Me Down
    Bjork – Human Behaviour
    Madonna – Just like a prayer
    Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
    Joni Mitchell – Big yellow taxi
    Seekers – Carnival is over
    Tina Turner – What’s love got to do with it
    Eurythmics – here comes the rain again
    Marianne Faithfull – Broken English
    Sam Fox – Touch me
    Randy Crawford – One day I’ll fly away
    Sam Brown – Stop
    Blondie – call me
    Joan Jett – I love Rock n Roll
    Carole King – It’s too late
    Carole King – You’re so vain
    Linda Ronstadt – You’re No Good
    Roberta Flack – Killing me softly with his song
    Dusty Springfield – Son of a preacher man
    Bonnie Tyler – Total eclipse of the heart
    Suzie Quatro – devil gate drive
    Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
    Billie Holliday – Summertime
    Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
    Aretha Franklin – Respect
    Marlene Dietrich – Lily Marlene
    Edith Piaf – Non, je ne regrette rien
    Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walking

  25. Roads – Portishead.
    Why? – Annie Lennox.

  26. More votes please!! Ta for the last two. There have now been over 3100 votes, and there’s still a week/a week and a half left? The aim is for 7000 votes, so if anyone can think of ways to advertise the list/ask friends to submit their votes etc that would really be appreciated.

  27. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
    My Sister – Juliana Hatfield
    Man Overboard – Do Re Mi
    Let My Children Be – Ruby Hunter
    Silent All These Years – Tori Amos
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
    Fighter – Christina Aguilera
    Lock It – Falling Joys
    Echo Beach – Martha & The Muffins
    Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
    Language Is A Virus – Laurie Anderson
    Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing – Salt ‘n Pepa
    The Valley – Issa (formerly Jane Siberry)
    Dirty Jeans – Magic Dirt
    Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
    What’s Going On? – Linda Perry
    A New England – Kirsty MacColl
    No Doubt – Just A Girl
    Left of Centre – Suzanne Vega
    Janis Ian – Society’s Child
    Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
    ESP- Shonen Knife
    What I Am – Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
    Crazy Mary – Victoria Williams
    Broken English – Marianne Faithfull
    Baby Can I Hold You? – Tracey Chapman
    California Dreaming – The Mamas and The Papas
    The Leader of the Pack – The Shangri-Las
    Kool Thing – Sonic Youth
    Superstar – The Carpenters

  28. Thanks, FP, for taking charge of transmitting the votes for the twitless among us.
    Order a bit random:
    Sway – Bic Runga
    Cornflake Girl, Crucify – Tori Amos
    Strange Fruit, Satin Doll – Billie Holliday
    Summertime – Sarah Vaughn
    Piece of My Heart – Erma Franklin
    Never Loved a Man – Aretha Franklin
    Alive and Brilliant – Deborah Conway
    Stretched on Your Grave – Sinead O’Connor
    Wuthering Heights, Cloudbursting – Kate Bush
    Bring me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge
    Fast Car – Tracey Chapman
    In These Shoes? – Kirsty MacColl
    Queer – Garbage
    Stop – Sam Brown
    Baby’s Coming Back – Eurythmics
    I Go Off – Diana Ah Naid
    Big Yellow Taxi, A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
    Hymn to Her – the Pretenders
    Groovin’, Ain’t Y’ Mutha – Tina Harrod with the Grandmasters
    AND: PJ Harvey’s version of Ship Song.

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