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Mount Rushmore of Music – Female Edition

I love how idly chatting about something sparks a discussion which then leads to a potential post (or more).  A year or so ago, this discussion took place.  We talked about how we would post it.  Then we forgot about it.  We would bring it up now and again, here and there, just in passing. Talk about our idea, then move on to something else.  This week, something clicked and our talk is turning into action. We are finally making it happen.  Who am I talking about?  Marc (affectionately called B, by me) over at Sorryless and me.  What am I talking about, you ask?  Our personal idea of a Mount Rushmore of musicians.  Marc’s intro can be found here.

We decided to split them between us:  he, taking the men; me, the women.  This is no easy task and of course you understand that our choices are completely subjective. Your top four and my top four are surely not going to be the same and that’s more than all right.  But how to go about it?  How to narrow down our choices?  There had to be some sort of criteria, otherwise, we’d have the likes of Mozart or Memphis Minnie mixed in with today’s artists.  How the hell do you bring it down to four?

This is what we decided.

  1.  Only artists that have been productive within the last fifty years.  That still leaves us with a ridiculous list.
  2.  They had to be the writers of their own (and possibly others’) songs.  That eliminates a slew of fantastic performers.
  3.  They need to have been (or still are) an influence – not limited to us fans but to other artists, as well
  4.  They need to have stage presence – and by this, it could be on a huge stage or a small venue but they have that ‘it’ factor.

Who are the artists who’ve written the songs that put them atop this esteemed Mount?



135 thoughts on “Mount Rushmore of Music – Female Edition

  1. Q

    Barry Manilow . . I mean, what is not to love about that? After which you get down to the female side of the equation with four lovely Hall of Famers whose feline fastballs will be, no doubt . . en fuego!

    As for me . . no Justin Bieber in my mix. I know, I know . . peeps are going to be muy disappointed with that omission, but hey, it’s only four! And there just isn’t room for musical geniuses such as JB, I’m sorry, I really am.


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  2. Oh! This is Brilliant!
    Dusty Springfield, at a push but she was a great, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Mogen Heap, ( yes I know but she writes her songs, makes all her own music, produces and helps and involves all sorts of artists and has mad her invention Me Mu gloves accessable to all. 💜

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  3. Dear Dale,

    Narrowing it down to the last 50 years could cut some really wonderful ones out of the race. Adele would be one of my choices. Carole King is a standard. Who knows how many songs that lady has written? Joni Mitchel…but don’t forget one of my all time faves, Janis Ian. There you have my 2 cents worth. 😉

    Shalom and lotsa melodious hugs,


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  4. Whoa. This is impossible for me. I’m into music to much and can’t pick just 4. So, I assume I only pick the men? The Beatles (count as one), Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones & The Eagles.

    I realize that 3 of my choices are groups but didn’t see that restriction in your rules. My choices are based on what I consider huge, worldwide influencers in music, cultures, dress and motivators to others. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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    • It’s nary impossible for me, too. As far as choices go, well that is ups to you. Of course, I did mention that they are individuals – didn’t say they couldn’t belong to a group. No way the Beatles could count as one as all four of them were (are) song writers 😉

      And you can keep your choices because that’s the beauty of this. There are no wrong answers.

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  5. Golly, that is a toughie! Sorry to be cliche, but for the men, I’d pick the Beatles, they changed music so much in the 60s, and their music is still popular. The women? Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Madonna. There is my two cents! 😉

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  6. This is much too difficult. Too many good female artists to count. I’d probably start with Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, K. D. Lang, and Patti Smith, just to cover some of the different genres (and even then, I’m leaving out so many including the more recent artists such as Adele, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Shakira, etc., etc.).

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  7. This is such an interesting thought. Personally, I think Dolly Parton, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Joan Baez and Madonna would make the cut. However, I also think Adele and off late Taylor Swift would make a close second.

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  8. Well, this is an interesting challenge. Of course, I can’t participate, as I have no intention of, or ability to follow any rules. HA! One of my fave women is a man, for starters. Still, a fab idea. ⚡️💥

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