Aretha Franklin Earns Top Spot on Rolling Stone’s ‘Women Who Rock’ List
Michael Rowe
Aretha Franklin isn’t only the Queen of Soul, she’s also a woman who rocks. The ESSENCE Music Festival headliner’s album I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You was given the top spot in Rolling Stone‘s “Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time” countdown.

Rounding out the top five behind Franklin were Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Patti Smith’s Horses.

Other notable entries include Missy Elliot’s 2007 album Under Construction at number seven, Mary J. Blige’s My Life album at number 13, Donna Summer’s Bad Girls at number 23, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation at 26, Alicia Keys’s As I Am at number 30, Beyoncé’s 4 at number 37 and Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at number 43.

Even though there were only 50 spaces, several notable artists were left off the countdown who undoubtedly made greater contributions to music, like Diana Ross, Mariah Carey and Sade.

Whose album do you think deserves a place on Rolling Stone’s “Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time” countdown?

Click here to see Rolling Stone’s complete list.