M.I.A. Tops NPR's "200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women"

M.I.A. Tops NPR's "200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women"

Beyonce, Lorde, Amy Winehouse, and Adele also included.

Beyonce, Lorde, Amy Winehouse, and Adele also included.

Text: Lilly Pace

As part of their "Turning the Tables project," NPR recently released their 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women list, and it is topped by none other than ingenious singer and rapper: M.I.A. Awarded the number one spot for her 2007 song "Paper Planes", the hit "made M.I.A. famous, but more significantly, it solidified her as a biting analyst willing to use her pop stardom to expose the flaws in the very system of pop stardom itself — an uncomfortable outsider and iconoclast whose incongruities are as fascinating as her brilliant music."

Selected by a panel of more than 70 women and non-binary writers, the songs awarded are by artists "whose major musical contributions came on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and have shifted attitudes, defied categories and pushed sound in new directions since then."

Also featured in the top 20 are Beyoncé for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" and "Formation", Amy Winehouse for "Back To Black", Lorde for "Royals" (2013), Lana Del Rey for "Video Games", and Adele for "Rolling In The Deep".

Congratulations to these ladies on their well-deserved honors! Check out the remaining iconic women who were featured below.

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