Sirens Of Song – The Best Female Led Tracks of 2017

Sharon Jones. Ending the year off right. My annual tradition with my sister out law Hannah Marrs. Every year we release a Best Of List of this year's tracks from only female identified musicians. It rules.

If the next three years are anything like 2017, we are personally going to need a lot of lavender scented self-care baths, coffee, and warrior goddess power anthems to soldier on. Luckily, the sirens of song have come out in full force to provide the collective soundtrack we need to fight the patriarchy while still nourishing us; heart, mind, and soul.

Valerie June’s new album, The Order of Time, wasn’t on my radar until the end of the year, but her captivating sound quickly sent this album to the top of my list. June’s rhythmic guitar playing and distinct voice combine blues, gospel, bluegrass, and Appalachian folk music to create a soulful and energizing brew that is pure magic(k).

Tori Amos’ fifteenth studio album, Native Invader, is a fierce and articulate commentary on the current political landscape with a deeply personal thread running through each carefully crafted song. The album addresses global warming with tracks like Up the Creek and Bang, and Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election in the aptly titled bonus track, Russia. Climb is perhaps my favorite song on the album with its intricately woven themes of Christianity, female oppression, esotericism, the divine feminine, and reclaiming personal power – this is the terrain Tori knows. This is why we love her.

We couldn’t possibly publish our best of list without mentioning the ever prolific, brilliant, badass that is Amanda F***ing Palmer. In addition to releasing a full length studio album with Legendary Pink Dots frontman, Edward Ka-Spel, Palmer released two songs through Patreon this year: Drowning in the Sound and Mother. While, Drowning in the Sound, acts as witness to the pain and loss experienced by so many this year, Mother reminds us of the responsibility, and maybe more importantly, the power we possess as parents.

To quote Amanda’s blog, “You can try all you want to build a trillion-dollar wall: but suck it. We have the children, and we get to teach them.”


Our annual tradition. Every year we release a Best Of List of this year's tracks from only female identified musicians. It rules.

Hannah and Paula, the sister outlaw team, have worked together again to bring Punkies the Best of 2017 Playlist of female identified women musicians. You can stream it now for free on our Spotify Station or use the embedded player below to play it right here on the site! Have an idea for a Punky Moms mixtape? Get in touch and pitch us your idea. We publish new Spotify music playlists to stream for free every two weeks on our site. To see the complete list of our mixtapes, click here

Best Of Female Identified Tracks of 2017 

  • Zola Jesus – Exhumed
  • Austra – Future Politics
  • Tori Amos – Bang
  • Valerie June – Shakedown
  • L.A. WITCH – Good Guys
  • Roya – Dr. Death
  • Priests – Jj
  • Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
  • Shannon Wright – Division
  • Big Thief – Shark Smile
  • ANOHNI – Paradise
  • Julie Byrne – Follow My Voice
  • TORRES – Three Futures
  • Vagabon – Cold Apartment
  • Widowspeak – Expect the Best
  • Jay Som – Baybee
  • Allison Crutchfield – I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California
  • Girlpool – It Gets More Blue
  • Feist – Pleasure
  • KC Ortiz – 30 Dollar Coat
  • Ibeyi – No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms
  • Alvvays – In Undertow
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff – Living In the City
  • Amanda Palmer – Mother 
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Just Give Me Your Time

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Hannah is a body positive feminist & mama to two boys living in New Orleans with her sweetheart who she married in a cemetery. She spends her free time collecting music, gardening, practicing Magick, & making stuff & things.

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