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In honor of Women’s History month a local record store owner curates our weekly list

“Hill & Dale” the new (and only) vinyl record store in Georgetown has been described as “clean and airy” sort of like the art gallery space it renovated in February, where all new records are put on display alongside photography and posters. In honor of Women’s History month we asked the shop’s owner, former pharmaceutical suit Rob Norton, to curate a list of music by women worthy of the MoMA — or maybe even the White House.

1. Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”
“Nina Simone’s work is a national treasure, and this song radiates celebration and freedom.”

2. Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire”
”’She’s living in a world, and it’s on fire filled with catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away’. What more do we need to know?”

3. The Pretenders, “Middle of the Road”
“Chrissie Hynde is a rocker and in this song she’s singing about turning 33 and having a kid.”

4. Aretha Franklin, “Think”
“A celebration of women’s history is incomplete without the Queen of Soul. The obvious choice is ‘Respect,’ but it’s time everyone expands their Aretha Franklin repertoire.’

5. The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb”
“The Runaways was an all-woman band that defied the ridiculous notion that punk was for men. This is a ‘coming of age’ song that puts freedom front and center.”

6. Patti Smith, “Gloria”
“This is a thoughtful cover of a classic song. Patti Smith moves away from Van Morrison’s original and makes this song her own.”

7. Savages, “Shut Up”
“Modern, in-your-face punk by women who censor nothing when they express themselves through music.”

8. Joni Mitchell, “Cactus Tree”
“Beautiful imagery and storytelling express feelings a yearning for freedom and a struggle with relationships.”

9. Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”
“Beyonce eviscerates beauty pageants with a nice groove and painful lyrics.”

Helena Andrews-Dyer is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to



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