BitchTapesCelebrating Black Women Musicians

Donald Trump tried it. He thought declaring June African American Music Appreciation Month—something Jimmy Carter began in 1979—would persuade Black folks to overlook his administration’s blatant bigotry. Although his motivation is skewed, African American Music Appreciation Month matters. It’s a chance to reflect on the social contributions of Black musicians. For this BitchTape, we’ve compiled a list of Black women who have shaped music in R&B, hip hop, soul, funk, and everything in between.

Track List:

1. Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye - “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”
2. The Supremes - “Stop! In the Name of Love”
3. Etta James - “A Sunday Kind of Love”
4. Betty James - “Don’t Call Her No Tramp”
5. Chaka Khan - “I’m Every Woman”
6. Destiny’s Child - “Survivor”
7. Gladys Knight & the Pips - “Midnight Train to Georgia”
8. Minnie Riperton - “Lovin’ You”
9. TLC - “Creep”
10. Janet Jackson - “That’s the Way Love Goes”
11. Whitney Houston - “I Will Always Love You”
12. Lil’ Kim - “No Time”
13. Janet Jackson - “If”
14. Eve - “Love is Blind”
15. Whitney Houston - “I Have Nothing”
16. Alicia Keys - “No One”
17. Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z - “Crazy in Love”
18. Sade - “Smooth Operator”
19. Nicki Minaj featuring Drake - “Moment 4 Life”
20. Tina Turner - “Proud Mary”
21. Brandy - “Sittin’ Up In My Room”
22. Erykah Badu - “On & On”
23. Monica - “Love All Over Me”
24. Jill Scott - “Golden”
25. Queen Latifah - “U.N.I.T.Y.”
26. Amel Larrieux - “For Real”
27. Toni Braxton - “He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me”
28. SWV featuring Michael Jackson - “Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)”
29. Sade - “No Ordinary Love”
30. Rihanna - “Take a Bow”
31. Grace - “Libertango”
32. Sister Sledge - “We Are Family”
33. Anita Baker - “Sweet Love”
34. Aretha Franklin - “Respect”

by Evette Dionne
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Evette Dionne is Bitch Media’s editor-in-chief. She’s all about Beyoncé, Black women, and dope TV shows and books. You can follow her on Twitter.

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