I Removed More Than 150 Sexist Songs from My Spotify and Don’t Miss a Thing

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I have finally decided to get rid of the sexist songs from my Spotify playlists. I’m a self-respecting woman, so why did it take me so long? No good reason, only that sexist songs are ubiquitous and most people don’t seem to care. But these are not acceptable excuses to finance music that perpetuates stereotypes and oppression. Which songs from which artists is not even worth mentioning, because the last thing I want to do is give them a plug!

I highly encourage you all to take inventory and rid yourselves of any sexist music you might have. We are already exposed to way too many sexist influences to also curate them.

Most-Streamed Artists of 2020 — Gender-Balanced

Though this beleaguered year 2020 is not yet over, Spotify has released its Top Artists of 2020 USA list. Great songs, but I was quick to notice that the list is 82% male. That is not fair, that is not merit-based, and that did not happen by accident. There is no difference between female and male brains, and there’s nothing about the vagina that makes women inferior singers or songwriters. So what gives?

The answer is that there is sexism both in the music industry itself and among male listeners. Only about 22 percent of signed music artists are women, and women make up only 12 percent of songwriters and 2 percent of producers. Women in the music industry face sexual harassment, overt sexualization, and discounting of their work and skills. Okay, so that’s bad. But why aren’t 22 percent of the most-streamed artists female then? Why only 18 percent? Well, it turns out that men listen to 94 percent male artists , mostly because they don’t want to be perceived as too feminine (shame of being perceived as feminine is misogynistic because it is contempt of femininity in at least one context; any man who debates this is kidding himself). Compare this to the listening patterns of women: 55 percent male artists. (I myself listen to 53 percent male artists, mostly because I succumbed to a couple of curated lists by Spotify, and curated lists by streaming services skew male. That’s why I have 100+ playlists entirely of my own making.) Women are more balanced listeners because we have lived without gender privilege and therefore don’t live in fear of losing it (or let it cloud our perception of the world).

So, now that we’ve gone over how unfair this world is, and how terrified men are at being discovered to like the same things we women like, and to have personalities even the slightest bit like ours (how flattering), let’s imagine a better world. A fair world. A world where a woman has no more obstacles to Spotify streaming success than a man does. A world that reflects the scientific absence of a relationship between brain and gender, as well as the scientific absence of a relationship between penis and musical ability, or vagina and musical ability (or Adam’s apple, breasts, facial hair, ovaries, testicles, what have you and musical ability). Drawing from the Top Female Artists playlist, and using a random number generator for fairness, here goes!

1 ) Dua Lipa

Future Nostalgia - Wikipedia

2 ) Gunna

Gunna: Wunna Album Review | Pitchfork

3 ) Mac Miller (RIP)

Mac Miller: Circles Album Review | Pitchfork

4 ) Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2 - Wikipedia

5 ) H.E.R.

I Used to Know Her - Wikipedia

6 ) Taylor Swift

Evermore (Taylor Swift album) - Wikipedia

7 ) J. Cole

KOD (album) - Wikipedia

8 ) Jhené Aiko

Chilombo (album) - Wikipedia

9 ) Billie Eilish

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Wikipedia

10 ) Roddy Ricch

Roddy Ricch: Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial Album Review | Pitchfork

11 ) J Balvin

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12 ) Melanie Martínez

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13 ) Eminem

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14 ) Kehlani

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15 ) Bad Bunny

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16 ) Rihanna

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17 ) Doja Cat

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18 ) Post Malone

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19 ) Pop Smoke


20 ) Ariana Grande

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21 ) Lady Gaga

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22 ) Luke Combs

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23 ) Kanye West

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24 ) The Weeknd

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25 ) Future

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26 ) Summer Walker

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27 ) Juice WRLD (RIP)

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28 ) Camila Cabello

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29 ) Lil Baby

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30 ) Megan Thee Stallion

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31 ) Drake

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32 ) Halsey

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33 ) Miley Cyrus

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34 ) Travis Scott

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35 ) Trippie Redd

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36 ) Katy Perry

Katy Perry dressed as a sad clown wearing a giant bow, with the album title written under.

37 ) Lana Del Rey

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38 ) DaBaby

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39 ) Khalid

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40 ) YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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41 ) Beyoncé

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42 ) Lizzo

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43 ) Justin Bieber

A red-filtered shirtless Justin Bieber turning to his right with the album title "Changes" stated on the album cover

44 ) BTS

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46 ) Selena Gómez

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47 ) Nicki Minaj

Minaj posing on a fallen tree trunk in front of a setting sun, wearing pasties and Egyptian head beads.

48) Cardi B

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49 ) SZA

SZA sits on grass, facing the camera. Behind her are various computer monitors and keyboards in a pile.

50 ) Demi Lovato

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That’s a good group, right? Happy listening!

But wait, Spotify made a playlist to recognize top female artists, and another one to recognize top male artists, so isn’t that fair? Well, no. It’s better than nothing. But lists and articles that focus exclusively on women in music aren’t enough to change the dynamics of the industry, or male listening habits. They aren’t enough to generate equal revenue for female and male artists. And in fact, they create this illusion that female artists are profoundly different from male ones (you know, different beyond being shorter on average and having higher voices, and the aforementioned penis-vagina thing). They also create an illusion that, because female artists are so different, they can only succeed in female-only spaces — that is, that there is something about female artists that makes them less successful in a male-dominated industry. When the truth is, there is something about male artists that makes female artists less successful in a male-dominated industry, and that something about male artists is what makes the industry male-dominated at all. That something, of course, being the active exclusion, hostility toward, belittlement of, and harassment of female artists, songwriters, and producers.

So what’s needed isn’t a room off to the side for women. What’s needed is to treat the women in the industry with respect, the same level of respect given to men, so that more female artists are signed by record labels and put their music out to the world. Respectful treatment and earnest promotion of female artists, and an absence of double standards in media coverage, would send a signal to male listeners that female artists are good and should be taken seriously, and therefore that liking them is something to be loud and proud of.

When half the artists, songwriters, and producers are female; when half the award winners are female; when every Spotify playlist is half female; and when female artists receive as many streams and the same amount of sales as male artists; that is when we will know this problem is over.

My Top Artists of 2020

Here are the artists I listened to the most this year! From listening in bed to dancing in the backyard, it is no exaggeration that they got me through this long year of shelter-in-place.

Visions (Grimes album) - Wikipedia


Femme Fatale (Britney Spears album) - Wikipedia

Britney Spears

EP (Beth Ditto EP) - Wikipedia

Beth Ditto

Joanne (album) - Wikipedia

Lady Gaga

No Mythologies to Follow - Wikipedia

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Wikipedia

Billie Eilish

Good Girl Gone Bad - Wikipedia


Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence [Explicit] - Amazon.com Music

Lana Del Rey

Marina, Anya - Felony Flats - Amazon.com Music

Anya Marina

Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps Album Review | Pitchfork

Phoebe Bridgers

The Christmas Albums I’m Listening to This Month

Kylie Christmas (Snow Queen Edition) by Kylie Minogue

Kylie Christmas (Snow Queen Edition) - Kylie Minogue [CD]

Warmer in the Winter by Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling - Warmer In The Winter [Deluxe Edition] - Amazon.com Music

Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson

Wrapped in Red - Wikipedia

And Winter Came… by Enya

Enya - And Winter Came - Amazon.com Music

This Christmas Day by Jessie J

This Christmas Day (album) - Wikipedia

Christmas Kisses by Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder - "Christmas Kisses" | Songs | Crownnote

Christmas by Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé - Christmas - Amazon.com Music

These Are Special Times by Céline Dion

These Are Special Times - Wikipedia

Christmas & Chill by Ariana Grande

Christmas & Chill - Wikipedia

Dream a Dream by Charlotte Church

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And more! Happy holidays!

My Spotify Playlists

I spend a lot of time on Spotify finding new music, so I thought I would share my playlists!

Cole, Nat King - The Christmas Song - Amazon.com Music

Christmas, including Nat King Cole

Erran Baron Cohen Presents: Songs In the Key of Hanukkah - Album by Erran  Baron Cohen | Spotify

Chanukah, including Erran Baron Cohen

Josef Tarrak - Album by Tarrak | Spotify

Under the Radar, including Tarrak

Ellie Goulding - Brightest Blue - Music

Pop, including Ellie Goulding

Lily Allen: No Shame Album Review | Pitchfork

Electropop, including Lily Allen

Pop Rock, including Ashlee Simpson

Lady Gaga - Born This Way - Amazon.com Music

Dance-pop, including Lady Gaga

Synth-pop including Lady Gaga

Ryn Weaver 'The Fool' Review | Time

Indie pop, including Ryn Weaver

Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life [2 LP] - Amazon.com Music

Dream pop, including Lana Del Rey

GRIMES - Art Angels - Amazon.com Music

Art pop including Grimes

P!nk - Beautiful Trauma - Amazon.com Music

Power pop including Pink

K-12 (album) - Wikipedia

Psychedelic pop including Melanie Martinez   

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die [LP] - Amazon.com Music    

Baroque pop including Lana Del Rey

Lorde Solar Power Album Cover Duvet Cover for Sale by Bonita G GirouxFolk pop including Lorde

K-12 (album) - Wikipedia

Progressive pop including Melanie Martinez

Spotify Lindsey Stirling

Classical, Women including Lindsey Stirling

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (soundtrack) - Wikipedia

Classical, Men including Howard Shore

Chinese Traditional Pipa Music by Liu Fang on Amazon Music - Amazon.com

Classical Chinese including Liu Fang 

Hasegawa, Aiko - Art of the Japanese Koto - Amazon.com Music

Classical Japanese including Aiko Hasegawa

Lin: Star Splendours - Album by Chin Cheng Lin | Spotify

Classical Marimba including Chin Cheng Lin

when the stars align - Single by Valencia Torres | Spotify

Classical Guitar including Valencia Torres

Make Believe! Marilyn's Fantastical Disney Collection! by Marilyn Byrnes on  Amazon Music - Amazon.com

Classical, Disney including Marilyn Byrnes

Dansal ha nijal - Album by Diwall | Spotify

Classical Breton including Diwall

Carolan's Draught - song by Margie Butler, Florie Brown | Spotify

Classical Celtic including Margie Butler

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale - CD - Walmart.com

Covers including Lady Gaga

The Little Mermaid Live! - Album by Various Artists | Spotify

Covers, Disney including Queen Latifah

Nicki Minaj 'Queen' Review - Nicki Minaj's Queen Doesn't Transcend the  ControversySPIN

Hip Hop including Nicki Minaj

Lizzobangers - Wikipedia

Alternative Hip Hop including Lizzo

Nightmare Vacation (album) - Wikipedia

Trap including Rico Nasty                                    Ella Mai (album) - Wikipedia

R&B including Ella Mai

FKA twigs: LP1 Album Review | Pitchfork

Alternative R&B including FKA Twigs

Jamila Woods: LEGACY! LEGACY! Album Review | Pitchfork

Neo Soul including Jamila Woods

Dirty Computer - Wikipedia

Funk including Janelle Monae

Jennifer Hudson - JHUD - Amazon.com Music

Soul including Jennifer Hudson

Album of the Week: Adia Victoria, 'A Southern Gothic'

Blues including Adia Victoria

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Amazon.com Music

Alternative Rock including Coldplay

Mitski: Be the Cowboy Album Review | Pitchfork

Indie Rock  including Mitski

Spend the Night (The Donnas album) - Wikipedia

Hard Rock including The Donnas

The Donnas (album) - Wikipedia

Punk Rock including The Donnas

Say You Will (album) - Wikipedia

Rock including Fleetwood Mac

Pussy Whipped - Wikipedia

Riot Grrrl including Bikini Kill

Lana Del Rey - NFR! [2 LP] - Amazon.com Music

Soft Rock including Lana Del Rey

Simulation Theory (album) - Wikipedia

Electronic Rock including Muse

Live Through This - Wikipedia

Grunge including Hole

THE LINDA LINDAS EP – In the Red Records

Pop Punk including The Linda Lindas

Love Stuff - Wikipedia

Blues Rock including Elle King

Black Holes and Revelations - Wikipedia

Space Rock including Muse 

Retrospective Review: Avril Lavigne- Let Go

Post-Grunge including Avril Lavigne

Music for Men - Wikipedia

Dance Rock including Gossip

Bajirao Mastani - Wikipedia

Filmi including Shreya Ghoshal

Imperfectly - Wikipedia

Folk including Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco - Amazon.com Music

Folk Rock including Ani DiFranco

Yael Naim (album) - Wikipedia

Indie Folk including Yael Naim

Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams - Amazon.com Music

Acoustic Rock including Jack Johnson

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Wikipedia

Dubstep including Skrillex

TOKiMONSTA: Lune Rouge Album Review | Pitchfork

Electronic including TOKiMONSTA

Chromatica - Wikipedia

House including Lady Gaga

New World Pt. 1 - Wikipedia

EDM including Krewella

Animal Vegetable Mineral, Pt. 1 - EP by Doctor P on Apple Music

Glitch including Doctor P

Divergent Spectrum - Wikipedia

Drum and Bass including Bassnectar

Lindsey Stirling - Brave Enough - Amazon.com Music

Progressive House including Lindsey Stirling

Calvin Harris - 18 Months - Amazon.com Music

Electro House including Calvin Harris

Comfort (Maya Jane Coles album) - Wikipedia

Deep House including Maya Jane Coles

Ibeyi: Ash Album Review | Pitchfork

Electro including Ibeyi

Princess Nokia: Metallic Butterfly — childish_fun

Trip Hop including Princess Nokia

Imogen Heap – Speak for Yourself (Deluxe Version) (2005/2012) [Official  Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz] – HDMusic

Electronica including Imogen Heap

The Virgin Suicides (score) - Wikipedia

Ambient including Air

My Dreams Dictate My Reality - Wikipedia

New Wave including Soko

Disco (Kylie Minogue album) - Wikipedia

Disco including Kylie Minogue

GRIMES - Art Angels - Amazon.com Music

Dance including Grimes

A Joyful Noise (Gossip album) - Wikipedia

Alternative Dance including Gossip

Chromatica - Wikipedia

Eurodance including Lady Gaga

Otra Era - Album by Javiera Mena | Spotify

Latin Pop including Javiera Mena

Frozen II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Amazon.com Music

Musicals including Sunitha Sarathy

Evanescence (Evanescence album) - Wikipedia

Alternative Metal including Evanescence

Evanescence - Fallen - Amazon.com Music

Nu Metal  including Evanescence 

Amazon.com: All Singleeees -& New Beginning-: Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry

J-Pop including GReeeeN

Enya - The Celts - Amazon.com Music

Celtic including Enya

Lost Whispers - Wikipedia

Piano Ballad including Evanescence

girl in red - chapter 1 - EP Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

Lo-Fi including Girl in Red

Release: Ce'Cile - Sophisticated

Dancehall including Ce’Cile

Tiwa Savage's Anticipated EP "Water & Garri" is Finally Here! | BellaNaija

Afrobeat including Tiwa Savage

Big Girl (Seyi Shay album) - Wikipedia

Afropop including Seyi Shay

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg - Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg -  Amazon.com Music

French Pop including Jane Birkin

Konstgjord andning - Album by Melissa Horn | Spotify

Swedish Pop including Melissa Horn

Great album: Dolly Parton - Jolene | RNZ

Country including Dolly Parton

And many, many more!