Our Favorite Boomer Rock Chicks

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  • This groundbreaking group has given us generational anthems, attitude-heavy punk rock, traditional songs and some of the best rock music ever recorded. Here's to them!

    Stevie Nicks

    Flowing scarves. Twirly skirts. A wispy appeal. Nicks, 62, has appealed to generations of women who love her sad yet strong songs. Nicks, a longtime mainstay of Fleetwood Mac, collaborated with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham on the 1977 album Rumours—which sold 40 million copies worldwide. She’s just released her seventh solo album, In Your Dreams, which went to No. 6 on Billboard the first week of its release. And she’s performed one of the songs on Dancing With the Stars. No other boomer rock chick can say that!
  • Bonnie Raitt Now 61, Raitt had to wait a long time for her success. She got her start as a blues artist in the early 70s, but it wasn’t until 1989 that she hit it big with her album Nick of Time. The song spoke to a generation of women who had make a mistake in love the first time around and were hoping for a second chance. The album sold five million copies.
  • Chrissie Hynde Hynde, 59, is more than the lead singer of the group The Pretenders. She is The Pretenders, one of the most influential New Wave bands. Since it began in the late 1970s, Hynde has been the only consistent member, masterminding ebullient, jangly songs like "Back On The Chain Gang" and "Don’t Get Me Wrong."
  • Cyndi Lauper The helium-voiced Lauper, whose megahit “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” became a 1980s anthem, could easily have been mistaken for a novelty artist. But Lauper, 57, has recorded eleven albums in styles ranging from acoustic to blues. And even though “Girls” was undoubtedly her biggest hit, she’s retained a rabidly devoted group of fans.
  • Carly Simon Ever since You’re So Vain was released in 1973, millions of Simon’s fans have guessed who the song’s about. She’s not telling, even though David Geffen emerged as a suspect last year. Not true, apparently. But Simon, who was famously married to James Taylor, had a whole bunch of hits besides that, including the reflective “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” and “Anticipation.” She’s also a grandmother and a 14-year survivor of breast cancer.
  • Joni Mitchell With songs like “Woodstock” and “Chelsea Morning,” Mitchell, 67, was the voice of the 60s generation. But her career and her creativity have endured for decades beyond that. Besides her subtle, poignant music, Mitchell’s scored hits with songs like the exuberant “Raised On Robbery.” And her musicianship has won kudos from jazz great Herbie Hancock.
  • Sheryl Crow Crow’s first big paycheck ($40,000) came when she played on a McDonald’s commercial. Since then, the down home, 49-year-old guitarist has gone on to become a megastar. Her best-known song is still her first big hit, “All I Wanna Do,” which chronicled the aimless life of a beer drinker peeling the label off a Budweiser bottle. Crow was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2006.
  • Joan Jett Mellow she’s not. Beginning at 15 in the classic girl band The Runaways, Jett, 52, has made a career out of hard-rock/verging on punk. She’s been an idol to younger female rockers, producing riot grrl bands like Bikini Kill. Her signature song is still “I Love Rock’n’Roll,” but she records anything she likes, including a cover of “Love Is All Around,” the theme of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • Linda Ronstadt After the mid-1960s, when she played with the folk-rock group The Stone Poneys, Ronstadt went on to become one of the top-grossing concert acts of the 1970s. Her albums Heart Like A Wheel and Living In the USA consistently topped the charts, she appeared six times on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and she’s won eleven Grammy Awards over a period of 25 years. She’s also made critically acclaimed albums of jazz standards and Mexican music. It’s no exaggeration to say that Ronstadt, most of whose 30 albums have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum, is one of the most popular women ever in the history of U.S. performing arts.
  • Carole King Ask any boomer to list their top ten albums, and chances are Tapestry will be one of them. Every track on the 1971 album is a classic. “So Far Away” and “You’ve Got A Friend” exude an early 1970s mellowness, while legendary pop songs like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” exhibit King’s skills as a writer of early 60s pop numbers. The album sold 10 million copies in the US alone. Recently, King, 69, has been touring with another boomer favorite, James Taylor.