I am a child of the 1980s, and many of the unique, grrrl-power singers and rockers from the decade remain important to me. You can find them on my playlist at any given time, and I typically sing homages to them in the shower – as long as no one is home to hear me. Here is my top seven list, of the favorite-favorite girls who still make me want to secretly be a rockstar.
1. Joan Jett
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My A1 choice of all time (although she's tied with #2). I loved the Runaways as well, but Joan's solo career was my favorite. If anything, she's gotten hotter than she was back in the day, and I am so, so glad she's still around. This growling little pixie packs a lot of punch and she snarls like James Dean. I fell in love the first time I saw the video to “I Love Rock 'n' Roll.”
2. Annie Lennox
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Also my A1 choice of all time. I would marry Annie Lennox if I could. Her androgyny and sense of style spoke to me when I was younger, and it still does. I love her in the Eurhythmics and I love her now. Her videos are some of the most theatrical works of art I have ever seen, and of course I adore her for putting Hugh Laurie in “Walking on Broken Glass.” Her voice is like a miracle and she is so ridiculously beautiful, someone ought to make her into a porcelain doll. She looks like one anyway.
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The Material Girl was awesome in the 1980s. Watching her evolve throughout the decade was something else. At the time, a lot of people simply assumed she would find her niche and settle, but twenty years later, I am pretty sure that she'll be innovative right to the grave. I love a lot of Madonna's music, but I think her rebellion was more natural when she was first starting out in the business.