100 Songs By Australian Women That You Need To Know

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The full list of songs Jen Cloher has showcased as Double J Artist In Residence this September.

Jen Cloher dedicated her entire Artist In Residence stint with us through September to shining a light on the finest Australian women in music over the past 50-odd years. 

“I was inspired by a list that NPR put together – The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women – and I’ve been working my way through those records and discovering all sorts of music that I never knew about,” she said of her months’ theme.

“So I thought it would be a really cool thing to take a similar approach, but looking at women in Australian music."

Jen Cloher: Australian music has always been a bloke’s world, it’s time to celebrate the women

Her shows were a diverse mix of brilliant material from all manner of genres and eras, the only thing tying them all together being the fact that they're damn good songs. 

Check out the full list below:

  1. Adalita – ‘The Repairer’ (Adalita, 2011)
  2. Abbe May – ‘Mammalian Locomotion’ (Design Desire, 2011)
  3. Angie Hart – ‘Cold Hearted Killer’ (Grounded Bird, 2007)
  4. Anita Lane – ‘Jesus Almost Got Me’ (Dirty Pearl, 1993)
  5. Robyn Archer – ‘Dicks Don’t Grow On Trees’ (Take Your Partners For… The Ladies Choice, 1978)
  6. Ainslie Wills – ‘Fighting Kind’ (You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine, 2012)
  7. Tina Arena – ‘Chains’ (Don’t Ask, 1994)
  8. Baby Animals – ‘Early Warning’ (Baby Animals, 1991)
  9. Big Scary – ‘Harmony Sometimes’ (Not Art, 2013)
  10. Brous – ‘Streamers’ (Brous, 2011)
  11. Beaches – ‘Out Of Mind’ (She Beats, 2013)
  12. Beccy Cole – ‘Millionaires’ (ft. Kasey Chambers) (Beccy’s Biggest Hits, 2013)
  13. Bertie Blackman – ‘Heart’ (Secrets and Lies, 2009)
  14. Banoffee – ‘With Her’ (Do I Make You Nervous, 2015)
  15. Vika and Linda Bull – ‘Ninety Nine Years’ (Vika and Linda, 1994)
  16. Sarah Blasko – ‘We Won’t Run’ (As Day Follows Night, 2009)
  17. Clouds – ‘Hieronymous’ (Penny Century, 1991)
  18. Clare Bowditch – ‘Monday Comes’ (Autumn Bone, 2004)
  19. CATCALL – ‘Satellites’ (Magic Silver White Remix) (The Warmest Place, 2012)
  20. Courtney Barnett – ‘Elevator Operator’ (Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, 2015)
  21. Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes – ‘Love Letter’ (Baby Caught the Bus, 2012)
  22. Cable Ties – ‘Same For Me’ (Cable Ties, 2016)
  23. Camp Cope – ‘Done’ (Camp Cope, 2016)
  24. Caitlin Park – ‘Lemonade’ (The Sleeper, 2012)
  25. Christine Anu – ‘Island Home’ (Stylin Up, 1995)
  26. Deborah Conway – ‘It’s Only The Beginning’ (String of Pearls, 1991)
  27. Do Re Mi – ‘Man Overboard’ (Domestic Harmony, 1985)
  28. Dick Diver – ‘New Start Again’ (New Start Again, 2011)
  29. Divinyls – ‘Boys In Town’ (Desperate, 1983)
  30. Deadstar – ‘Don’t It Get You Down’ (Milk, 1997)
  31. Emma Donovan and The Putbacks – ‘My Goodness’ (Dawn, 2014)
  32. Ella Thompson and The Bamboos – ‘Medicine Man’ (Medicine Man, 2012)
  33. Eurogliders – ‘Heaven (Must Be There)’ (Island, 1985)
  34. Frente! – ‘Accidentally Kelly Street’ (Marvin The Album, 1992)
  35. Falling Joys – ‘Lock It’ (Wish List, 1990)
  36. George – ‘Breathe in Now’ (Polyserena, 2002)
  37. The Grates – ‘Trampoline’ (Gravity Won’t Get You High, 2006)
  38. Renee Geyer – ‘Sweet Love’ (Ready To Deal, 1975)
  39. Hiatus Kaiyote – ‘Nakamarra’ (Tawk Tomahawk, 2013)
  40. HTRK – ‘HA’ (Marry Me Tonight, 2009)
  41. High Tension – ‘Bully’ (Bully, 2015)
  42. Holly Throsby – ‘Would You?’ (ft. Will Oldham) (A Loud Call, 2008)
  43. Helen Reddy – ‘I Am Woman’ (I Am Woman, 1972)
  44. Ruby Hunter – ‘Down City Streets’ (Charcoal Lane, 1990)
  45. Penny Ikinger – ‘Kathleen’ (Electra, 2006)
  46. Judy Small – ‘Mothers, Daughters, Wives’ (A Natural Selection, 1982)
  47. Jackie Marshall – ‘You Want What I’ve Got’ (Fight n Flight, 2007)
  48. Jade Imagine – ‘You And I’ (What The Fuck Was I Thinking, 2017)
  49. Julia Jacklin – ‘Leadlight’ (Don’t Let The Kids Win, 2016)
  50. Jess Ribeiro – ‘Hurry Back To Love’ (Kill It Yourself, 2015)
  51. Judith Durham and The Seekers – ‘The Carnival Is Over’ (1965)
  52. Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ (Fever, 2001)
  53. Kate Miller Heidke – ‘Sarah’ (Nightflight, 2012)
  54. Kasey Chambers – ‘The Captain’ (The Captain, 1999)
  55. Kate Ceberano – ‘Brave’ (Brave, 1989)
  56. Kylie Auldist and Cookin on 3 Burners – ‘This Girl’ (Soul Messin’, 2009)
  57. Lisa Gerrard – ‘Paikea Legend’ (Whalerider OST, 2003)
  58. Laura Jean – ‘Australia’ (A Fool Who’ll, 2011)
  59. Luluc – ‘Little Suitcase’ (Dear Hamlyn, 2008)
  60. Little Ugly Girls – 'Tractor'
  61. Little Birdy – ‘Beautiful To Me’ (Big Big Love, 2004)
  62. Totally Mild – ‘When I’m Tired’ (Down Time, 2015)
  63. Love of Diagrams – ‘Double Negative’ (Blast, 2015)
  64. Loose Tooth – ‘Will You’ (Saturn Returns, 2016)
  65. Lisa Miller – ‘I Can’t Tell’ (ft. Tim Rogers) (Version Originale, 2009)
  66. Leonardo’s Bride – ‘Even When I’m Sleeping’ (Angel Blood, 1997)
  67. Macromantics – ‘Physical’ (2007)
  68. Magic Dirt – ‘Dirty Jeans’ (What Are Rockstars Doing Today, 2000)
  69. Mere Women – ‘Numb’ (Big Skies, 2017)
  70. Mia Dyson – ‘When The Moment Comes’ (The Moment, 2012)
  71. Missy Higgins – ‘Scar’ (The Sound Of White, 2004)
  72. Ngaiire – ‘Once’ (Blastoma, 2016)
  73. New Buffalo – ‘Cheer Me Up Thank You’ (Somewhere Anywhere, 2007)
  74. Natalie Imbruglia – ‘Torn’ (Left Of The Middle, 1997)
  75. NUN – ‘Evoke The Sleep’ (NUN, 2014)
  76. Olivia Newton John – ‘Magic’ (Xanadu, 1980)
  77. Olympia – ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ (Self Talk, 2016)
  78. Ouch My Face – ‘Creep Heart’ (Bunyip, 2015)
  79. The Orbweavers – ‘Spotswood’ (Loom, 2011)
  80. Pikelet – ‘Pressure Cooker’ (Calluses, 2011)
  81. Margaret Roadknight – ‘Girls In Our Town’ (Margaret Roadknight, 1976)
  82. The Red Sun Band – ‘The Devils Song’ (Peapod, 2010)
  83. RVG – ‘A Quality of Mercy’ (A Quality of Mercy, 2017)
  84. Cash Savage And The Last Drinks – ‘Rat A Tat’ (One Of Us, 2016)
  85. Sara Storer – ‘Children of the Gurindji’ (ft. Kev Carmody) (2012)
  86. Leah Senior – ‘Pretty Faces’ (Pretty Faces, 2017)
  87. Sui Zhen – ‘Take It All Back’ (Secretly Susan, 2015)
  88. Sampa The Great – ‘F E M A L E’ (The Great Mixtape, 2015)
  89. The Superjesus – ‘Down Again’ (Sumo, 1998)
  90. Liz Stringer – ‘Anybody’s Language’ (Warm In The Darkness, 2012)
  91. Sia – ‘Chandelier’ (1000 Forms of Fear, 2014)
  92. Spiderbait – ‘Calypso’ (Ivy and the Big Apples, 1996)
  93. Sophie Koh – ‘I Understand’ (Oh My Garden, 2012)
  94. The Spazzys – ‘Paco Doesn’t Love Me’ (Aloha! Go Bananas, 2004)
  95. Tiddas – ‘Maclolm Smith’ (Sing About Life, 1993)
  96. Tinpan Orange – ‘Rich Man’ (Love is a Dog, 2016)
  97. Teeth and Tongue – ‘Good Man’ (Grids, 2014)
  98. Lucie Thorne – ‘As You Find It’ (Black Across the Field, 2008)
  99. Tkay Maidza – ‘Brontosaurus’ (2013)
  100. The Waifs – ‘London Still’ (Up All Night, 2002)

I would like to acknowledge that some of the people on this list are non binary folk. 

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