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The ZORA Music Canon

The 100 most iconic albums by African American women

ZORA Editors
Jun 15 · 34 min read
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Ella Sings Gershwin

Sarah Vaughan

Lady Sings the Blues

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1957

Gospel Train

Stormy Weather

Live at Newport 1958

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Abbey Is Blue

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Etta James, 1960

At Last!

Leontyne Price (Arias from Verdi and Puccini)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands and 18 Other Spirituals

Drinking Again

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One Grain of Sand

Anyone Who Had a Heart

Where Did Our Love Go

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The Supremes, 1966

I Put a Spell on You

Dance Party

You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

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You’re All I Need

Stronger Than Dirt

First Take

Color Me Country

Amazing Grace

Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

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Gladys Knight, 1973

Imagination

Perfect Angel

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Nightbirds

They Say I’m Different

Zoning

Natalie

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Transfiguration

The Earthshaker

The Boss

Please Be Patient With Me

We Are Family

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Donna Summers, 1979

Bad Girls

Diana

You Brought the Sunshine

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Break Out

I’m in Love Again

Private Dancer

Whitney Houston

Control

Rapture

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Hot, Cool & Vicious

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Whitney

Tracy Chapman

Rhythm Nation 1814

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Queen Latifah, 1989

All Hail the Queen

What’s the 411?

It’s Not About the Melody

It’s About Time

Funky Divas

Femme Fatale

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Still on the Journey: The 20th Anniversary Album

Ma Rainey, 1928: The Complete 1928 Selections in Chronological Order

My Life

Merry Christmas

CrazySexyCool

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Pronounced Jah-Nay

Waiting to Exhale

New Moon Daughter

Hard Core

Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1

Secrets

One in a Million

The Velvet Rope

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Erykah Badu, 1998

Live

Supa Dupa Fly

The Essential Bessie Smith

#1’s

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Lauryn Hill, 1999

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The Boy Is Mine

Never Say Never

The Writing’s on the Wall

Mountain High… Valley Low

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Kelis, 2000

Kaleidoscope

Thankful

Mama’s Gun

Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1

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Miss E… So Addictive

Songs in A Minor

Acoustic Soul

Mahogany Soul

Ashanti

Outrun the Sky

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Santogold

Esperanza

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Janelle Monáe, 2010

The ArchAndroid

Pushin’ Against a Stone

Beyoncé

Ego Death

Lemonade

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Heavn

A Seat at the Table

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Solange, 2017

Dreams and Daggers

Invasion of Privacy

Eve

Jaime


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