I used to love the Hottest 100 - it was a summer milestone. Somehow I got old, and it ceased to be as meaningful to me. I watched with a vague nostalgic interest as people tweeted during this year's JJJ Hottest 100 of all time. I nodded and frowned when I read of the curious outrage about the very very few numbers of women artists who made it in to the list. But today when people started posting about the 99.9% one woman show who decided to do something positive and create a poll to find the Hottest100Women - I felt inspired. Here's my list - not necessarily my all time favourite songs, but great songs that came to mind when I thought about it for a good 10 minutes. Also in a kind of arbitrary alphabetical order.
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bette Midler - The Rose
Edith Piaf - Non, je ne regrette rien
Euyrthmics - Sweet dreams
Frente - The book song
Jenny Morris - She's got to be loved
Joan Jett - I love rock and roll
Madonna - Frozen
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing compares to You
Tori Amos - Leather
I missed the actual voting... here's the results!
"A poll for the all-time hottest 100 songs by female artists, in response to Australian radio station JJJ's poll of 2009 which had almost no female artists in the final results."
Ya know - we're not invisible - and it seems we do still have to actively write our own herstories.