In what has historically been a male-dominated industry, there have been a number of innovative and ground-breaking female musicians who have paved the way for women in modern music.
In the absence of any female role models for them to aspire to, women in the music industry have created and popularised their own individual identities - breaking records, destroying barriers and changing the entire landscape of music as they did so.
Without these women we wouldn't have musical techniques we consider as standard or songs we define as classics today.
No matter what genre, from jazz and soul to punk and and hip hop, these are just a few of the women who have trailblazed their way through their careers and carved out their own paths in music, inpiring whole new generations of female musicians. Here's to them.