If you’ve read any of my writing, you know how much I love excessive amounts of detail. And that’s why it seems clear to me that the best possible playlist for the women’s issue is one that includes as many specific women’s names as possible. Consider this a celebration of all those who bear these names, even if the songwriters bear a wide range of emotions for their subjects.

A couple of caveats: for one thing, I fully acknowledge that this exercise inevitably favors more common and more gender-normative names. I will try to include some less popular ones to balance that out. And in addition, because I took on such a broad category for this month’s playlist, I will limit selections to one-word titles only. (This is very painful given how much I love The Killers’ “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine,” but these are the sorts of sacrifices one must make.)

Reporter Henry Greenstein can be reached at 661-395-7374. Follow him on Twitter: @HenryGreenstein.

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