My Hummingbird 100 Female Songs of all-time which I voted for + some more


Nov 17 2009, 17:55

This from the HOTTEST FEMALE SONGS!!! Kind-off like Triple J's Hottest 100 of All-time early in the year but only female artists because there was very few women in Triple J's countdown. It's run by a new beer called Hummingbird and some pay TV channel (I don't know which one because I don't watch it). It's a cool idea and I found it so hard to cut it down just to ten in the end so I just made my own 100 tracks from my favourite female artists.

My Top Ten Votes
1. Portishead - Glory Box
2. Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
3. Sarah Blasko - {Explain}
4. Nina Simone - Sinnerman
5. Fiona Apple - Fast As You Can
6. Björk - Army of Me
7. Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
8. Beth Orton - Stolen Car
9. PJ Harvey - This Is Love
10. Magic Dirt - Dirty Jeans

This was very, very, very, very hard (have I made it clear how hard this was?) But I picked songs which I could listen to on repeat which I have done in the past (not here on yet). Most tracks are from the 90's too (I grew-up in that decade, if you haven't all ready guessed). It seems like's journals are made up of long lists of songs so I've joined in again with my very, very long short list of songs that didn't make it into the top ten. These songs can be any thing that I love really It's from A to Z (well it's Y really, then V). It's selected from the list of tracks which are on their website but I've added a few of my own ones at the end. If you have no idea what I'm talking about go here and read all about it (there's only 4 days left to vote so hop too it).

Aimee Mann - Save Me
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Beth Orton - Galaxy Of Emptiness
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Björk - Pagan Poetry
Björk - Violently Happy
Blondie - Union City Blue
Blondie - X Offender
Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billy Joe
The Breeders - Cannonball
Cat Power - Living Proof
Carpenters - Close to You
Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
Clare Bowditch - Lips Like Oranges
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Duffy - Syrup & Honey
Dusty Springfield - Breakfast In Bed
Eartha Kitt - I Want to Be Evil
Ella Fitzgerald - Black Coffee
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
Fiona Apple - Never Is a Promise
Fiona Apple - Red Red Red
Gabriella Cilmi - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
Janis Joplin - Tell Mama
Jessica Simpson - Angels
Jewel - Morning Song
Joan Baez - Suzanne
Joanna Newsom - The Book of Right-On
Joni Mitchell - Come In From The Cold
Kasey Chambers - Pony
Kate Bush - How to Be Invisible
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Kylie Minogue - Slow
Loretta Lynn - Fist City
M.I.A - Pull Up The People
Madonna - What It Feels Like for a Girl
Marianne Faithfull - Something Better
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
Nico - Femme Fatale
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Patsy Cline - Life's Railway to Heaven
Patti Smith - Because the Night
Peggy Lee - Don't Smoke in Bed
PJ Harvey - C'mon Billy
PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
Portishead - Humming
Portishead - The Rip
The Pretenders - I Go To Sleep
The Pussycat Dolls - Stickwitu
Regina Spektor - Samson
Renee Geyer - I Scare Myself
Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music
Rihanna - Unfaithful
Sarah Blasko - No Turning Back
Sarah Blasko - Perfect Now
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
The Seekers - 500 Miles
Tiffany - I Think We Are Alone Now
Tori Amos - A Sorta Fairytale
Tori Amos - Blood Roses
The Veronicas - 4ever
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control
Yoko Ono - Walking on Thin Ice
Some tracks I think should be on the list but are not so I've added them here:
Alela Diane - White As Diamonds
The Audreys - Lay Me Down
Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Resolve
Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
Divinyls - Boys In Town
The Drones - Work For Me
Elizabeth Cotten - Freight Train
Emilíana Torrini - Heartstopper
Emmylou Harris - Every Grain of Sand
Gillian Welch - Everything Is Free
Jane Birkin - My secret
Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea - Better off Dancing
Jolie Holland - Old Fashioned Morphine
Jolie Holland - Mexico City
Karen Dalton - Are You Leaving for the Country
Karen Dalton - Down on the Street (Don't You Follow Me Down)
Lene Lovich - Bird Song
L7 - Shitlist
Martina Topley-Bird - Anything
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On
The Paradise Motel - Bad Light
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Down by the Riverside
The Triffids - Raining Pleasure
The White Stripes - In the Cold, Cold Night
Vashti Bunyan - Rainbow River

So that is it. It wasn't so hard really (but cutting it down to ten was). I've most likely missed something which I'll remember later and be kicking myself about but I'm pretty happy with this mix. It seems my favorite female singer songwriter is Beth Gibbons with my number 1 track in my top ten. Plus two more Portishead songs and one from Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man project album. If you don't know she wrote My Secret for Jane Birkin a few years ago too. That adds up to five tracks out of one hundred which is not many but more that anyone else.

Anyway what do you think??? I liked writing these journal entries but I do like reading you comments and It's also the only way I can tell if anyone has been reading or looking at them. Thanks and bye for now.


  • Hummingbird100

    LOVE IT!!!

    Nov 17 2009, 23:47
  • zhalli

    You could make 200 ad infinitum! to infinity and beyond

    Nov 23 2009, 12:48
  • EncouragingSlug

    Really great list. What about that cover of Straight to You by Emm Gryner? Also, have you had a listen to Ines Pabst yet?

    Nov 29 2009, 6:10
  • elfonzobonzo

    Thats a good list, but i would definatly add Alison Krauss - Sister Rosetta goes before us. Just beautiful

    Gen 12 2010, 22:56
  • baltasound

    Does Merida Sussex (singer for The Paradise Motel) make it on the list twice for the Motels' cover of Raining Pleasure? Great list BTW.

    Gen 20 2010, 7:44
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