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The Soundtrack of Women’s History Month – MCs before #MeToo

Greatest Female MCs of All-Time Playlist

The new decade is starting strong for female-powered hip hop. Lizzo continues her dominance of the pop landscape, while MVPs like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B also continue to push hip-hop forward. There is a slew of other female MCs in this playlist that are breaking through the mainstream, including Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, City Girls, Doja Cat, and DaniLeigh. Critically acclaimed underground rappers like Rapsody, Little Simz, Tierra Whack, Noname, FLOHIO, and Princess Nokia are also making incredible music that deserves attention.

Greatest Female MCs of All-Time Playlist

In honor of Women’s History Month, created a special Greatest Female MCs of All-Time Playlist. The 10 Hip-Hop Classics in this playlist lay indisputable claim to the contributions women have made in this male-dominated genre while celebrating the iconic MCs who paved a path for today’s impressive female hip-hop artists. But don’t take our word for it, just press play and try to imagine a world without these timeless jams.

Roxanne Shante — “Roxanne’s Revenge” (1985)
Salt-N-Pepa — “Push It” (1986)
MC Lyte — “Paper Thin” (1988)
Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love — “Ladies First” (1989) (a twofer, though Queen Latifah’s later, timeless “U.N.I.T.Y.” deserves an honorable mention)
Lil’ Kim — “Queen Bitch” (1996)
Lauryn Hill — “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (1998)
Missy Elliott — “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
M.I.A. — “Paper Planes” (2007)
Nicki Minaj — “Super Bass” (2010)

Female-Powered Workout Playlist

As the leading music provider for the fitness tech sector, is in a unique position to see what songs motivate people the most during workouts. Our curation team works with fitness companies including Tonal, DailyBurn, and Nautilus, selecting music for a variety of exercise programs.

In honor of Women’s History Month, analyzed data from thousands of exercisers to create a special Female-Powered Workout Playlist. The 10 Pop Songs in this playlist have been top-performing across multiple workout types. You’ll see chart-toppers from your favorite female artists, alongside a song or two that may be new to you. The common thread? They all pair GREAT with exercise.

“Call on Me (Ryan Riback Remix)” — Starley (2016)
“Feelings” — Hayley Kiyoko (2017)
“Chained to the Rhythm” — Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley (2017)
“New Rules” — Dua Lipa (2017)
Your Song” — Rita Ora (2017)
“Alone (CID Remix)” — Halsey feat. Big Sean & Stefflon Don (2017)
“Girlfriend at the Time” — Emily Burns (2018)
“Solo” — Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato (2018)
“Consequences” — Camila Cabello (2018)
“7 Rings” — Ariana Grande (2019) 

Related: Top 20- All the Time Best Hollywood Movies

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