A few weeks ago I came across Spinner's
. It was great, don't get me wrong, but made me think of all the music loved that wasn't on the list.
So...Being the terrible editor I am, I created two lists. The first, music from angsty teen years and a couple from early college. The second, a mix of classics. I wouldn't say that each song is necessarily feminist, per se, but each does have a spark of humanist revolution.
P.S. If you're asking yourself, why the Loretta Lynn photo, give this
from Bitch Magazine a read. And then of course give the mix a little listen!
Now for a few interesting tidbits:
In 1960, the birth control pill was introduced in the United States. Revolutionary, yes. Controversial, oh hell yes. Loretta Lynn's, The Pill, tells the story of a woman fed up with pregnancy year after year, and overjoyed at the control she now has over her body. The song was held back three years because of it's controversial nature but eventually released in 1975.
Kitty Wells recorded It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels in 1952 as a response to Hank Thompson's The Wild Side of Life. Her song was initially banned on the NBC radio network and on the Grand Ole Opry.
This Natalie Merchant quote on her inspiration for the song Tell Yourself says it all, "I wrote this song to comfort all the awkward teenage girls I have ever met, will ever meet, and will never meet. The years 13 through 16 were the worst of my life and I wish that there had been someone who was perceptive enough to notice how much misery I was in. I would have had to turn myself inside out to become a pretty, outgoing, and popular girl. No one was there to tell me that it wasn't worth it."