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M.I.A., Beyoncé Top NPR's 200 Greatest 21st Century Songs By Women List
National Public Radio has released a list of the 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women+ that includes GRAMMY winners and nominees, and places M.I.A's "Paper Planes" in the No. 1 spot.
The project is "dedicated to recasting the popular music canon in more inclusive — and accurate — ways," the media organization said in the post. The list was compiled by more than 70 women and non-binary writers and includes artists who are women and non-binary. The list "tackles history in making, celebrating artists whose work is changing this century's sense of what popular music can be," NPR stated.
In addition to M.I.A., "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (fronted by Karen O.) came in at No. 2, Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" earned No. 3, Amy Winehouse's classic "Back To Black" took No. 4, and Alabama Shakes' "Hold On" landed at No. 5 thanks to the unforgettable vocals of frontwoman Brittany Howard. Additional GRAMMY winners — from to Lori McKenna to Adele — and nominees, among them SZA and Demi Lovato, also made the list.
With so many great female artists and songs to celebrate already in the 21st century, did your favorite female artists make the list?