When it comes to choosing the top ten female country singers, there’s more to think about than their voice, their abilities with the guitar or even their looks; in fact it might even be an impossible task. The older generation will most probably think or Patsy Cline, or maybe Dolly Parton songs. Whilst the ‘kids’ will more than likely point to Taylor Swift or Martina McBride – Shania Twain rests somewhere in-between I suspect
With that in mind I will just mention a few, and let you decide – you can always add your comments at the bottom of the page. Since I am a bit of an ‘Oldie’ myself it’s natural that I will start with the more mature woman shall we say, and vote for Dolly Parton!
No 1 – Dolly Parton: Always a bit of an enigma for me, especially with regard to her outrageously ‘womanly’ figure; she has such a history of great songs that there is no doubt she should be on this list. “Coat of Many Colours” “Jolene” and “I will always love you” remain hot favourites today, and guarantee her success in the ‘greatest female country singer/songwriters’ list.
No 2 – Shania Twain: I just love Shania – and not only because she is a ‘hot babe’ honestly…..hmmph anyway, her music is always vibrant and even challenging. “Man, I feel like a woman” is perhaps my fav, while “You’re still the one” and “From this moment on” are both beautiful romantic compositions, guaranteed to stand the test of time.
No 3 – Taylor Swift: Of course Swift is very much in the headlines these days – and not without justification. Her unique blend of country with popular music, has certainly struck a chord (see what I did there?) with the younger country music enthusiasts; and popular country songs like “I knew you were trouble” and “You belong with me” have certainly assured her a strong place amongst the ‘contenders.’ As for her song “Never ever getting back together” It just drives me crazy Can this music really compete with Country Roads?
No 4 – Carrie Underwood: Carrie has a deserved reputation as being one of the best voices in the country music scene. Songs like “Before he cheats” and “blown away” certainly establish her as a versatile artist of incredible talent. In fact I believe that “Before he cheats” sold more records than any of her other singles in the all-genre music charts.
No 5 – Martina McBride: Martina is another female country artist who has a reputation as having a powerful voice, able to ‘deliver the goods’ so to speak. Compared to Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand, she puts such emotion and character into her music, it is truly awe-inspiring. “I’m gonna love you through it” about a woman suffering breast cancer, touched the hearts of millions, and remains one of her most moving songs.
No 6 – Faith Hill: Since her move to Nashville in 1987, Faith has worked hard to get where she has in her music career. “This Kiss” seen her being widely played and appreciated not just on the country music scene, but also on the popular music radio – guaranteeing her music many more listeners, later to become followers! “It matters to me” the title track of her second album, is one of my favourites from this incredibly hard-working and talented singer/songwriter.
No 7 – Patsy Cline: Considering that she only recorded for 8 years before her tragic death in 1963, Patsy is deeply ingrained in the US Country music scene. She paved the way for all female country artists who came after her, and opened a world of opportunity for the woman of following generations. ‘Sweet dreams’ is perhaps a song I remember her most for; and I find it a little amusing that the great Willie Nelson got his first number 1 hit when he recorded Patsy’s ‘Crazy.’ Gone from this world, but definitely not forgotten.
No 8 – Reba McEntire: It’s hard to know just where to start with this Country music singer, who is also an accomplished actress! A Broadway star in ‘Annie get your gun,’ and multiple other tv shows, Reba has had awesome success with many songs including ‘I’m a survivor’ ‘Is there life out there’ and ‘The greatest man I ever knew.’ I have no doubt that she has a lot more in the pipe-line!
No 9 – Leanne Rimes: This list definitely would not be complete, without the addition of this fantastic talented lady! ‘Blue’ has to one of my favourite songs from her, and her rendition of ‘Crazy’ I love also. Leanne first broke into the music scene in 1996, when she was only 13 years old. She made a huge impact then, and still does!
No 10 – Tammy Wynette: Another ‘golden great’ in the list of female country artists who are no longer with us; Tammy is something of an iconic figure in the country music scene. Songs like ‘Your good girls gonna go bad’ and ‘stand by your man’ are almost as popular now as they were “back in the day” and who can forget ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ ? a great song – much abused by Billy Connelly who brought out his own hilarious version in 1975.
That’s it, or at least for now at any rate; a quick break-down of some of the best female country artists – in my own not-so-humble opinion!