Rolling Stone’s top albums of 2006: 10% women, 100% predictable

 
 

Rolling Stone magazine has announced its take on the Top 50 albums of 2006, and it seriously bums me out to report that only 5 of the 50 are by individual women artists (and one by an all-woman band), though there are a handful of bands fronted by women.

The lucky 5 are:

#6: Cat Power – The Greatest

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#19: The Dixie Chicks – Taking the Long Way

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#21: Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope

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#45: Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

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#48: Lady Sovereign – Public Warning

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Granted, they are really great albums by really cool women, but can’t we do better than 10%? These lousy stats bring to mind the NME magazine controversy a few weeks ago. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of the women listed above responded to this list by posting her own Lily Allen-style rant about the lack of respect for women in rock?

I nominate Natalie Maines.