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List Rules Only female singers who sing in the country music genre

Some of the biggest selling and most popular singers in country music are women. With their heartfelt lyrics, strong vocal range, and magnetic personalities, these female country singers are many country music fans' favorite vocalists. While many artists on this list are established icons, like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and the late June Carter Cash, others are newer to the genre. Some have even crossed over, finding audiences in the pop and rock worlds,, including women country singers Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, and top selling female singer of all time Shania Twain.

Many of the legends of the country genre are ladies who helped paved the way for the today's top female country singers. Women like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and Lynn Anderson are responsible for early hits that made lasting impacts for other girl country singers. As some of the foremothers of country music, they are considered to be not only the some of the top singers from a lyrical and popularity standpoint, but also due to their importance in making it culturally acceptable for country music to accept females in the usually male-driven industry.

Vote for who you think should be considered the best female country artists on this Ultimate List. There are so many of the most recognizable ladies in country, so you really can't go wrong with whomever you deem to be the greatest women of country music.
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

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2
3,012 1,285
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Patsy Cline Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

3
3,538 1,477
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

4
4,818 2,153
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

5
2,604 1,304
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

6
3,518 1,200
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Reba McEntire 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Reba, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Reba McEntire, Merry Christmas to You

7
2,679 1,257
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Faith Hill Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, This Kiss

8
2,716 1,050
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Martina McBride White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

9
3,053 1,538
Miranda Lambert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene

10
1,693 1,163
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Tammy Wynette Let's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together

11
1,773 1,197
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Alison Krauss Raising Sand, So Long So Wrong, Paper Airplane

12
1,417 958
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
June Carter Cash Johnny and June, June Carter and Johnny Cash: Duets, Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter

13
1,771 1,007
Sara Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Sara Evans Born to Fly, Restless, The Early Years

14
1,374 1,272
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Emmylou Harris Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl

15
1,650 1,069
Trisha Yearwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Trisha Yearwood The Sweetest Gift, Hearts in Armor, Inside Out

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1,122 1,016
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Linda Ronstadt A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New

17
1,733 1,567
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way, Home, Wide Open Spaces

18
1,148 829
Anita Carter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
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1,431 1,175
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
LeAnn Rimes Unchained Melody: The Early Years, Sittin' on Top of the World, Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart

20
1,099 1,084
Wynonna Judd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Wynonna Judd A Classic Christmas, Wynonna, What the World Needs Now Is Love

21
1,255 1,014
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

22
1,260 1,072
Lee Ann Womack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance, Something Worth Leaving Behind, The Season for Romance

23
617 459
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
RandolphGreer added Olivia Newton-John Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

24
973 960
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Anne Murray Anne Murray's Christmas Album, Christmas Wishes, Best of the Season

25
984 1,051
Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Barbara Mandrell Christmas at Our House, Midnight Angel, No Nonsense

26
942 769
Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Patty Loveless Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, Mountain Soul II, Mountain Soul

27
905 907
Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Crystal Gayle One From the Heart, A Crystal Christmas, Cage the Songbird / Nobody Wants to Be Alone

28
1,214 1,292
Jennifer Nettles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jennifer Nettles An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles II / Live from Eddie's Attic, An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles / Live from Eddie's Attic, That Girl

29
682 683
Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kitty Wells The Collection, God's Honky Tonk Angel: The First Queen of Country Music, 20 Greatest Hits

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663 484
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

31
952 895
Terri Clark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Terri Clark Greatest Hits, Honky Tonk Songs, Terri Clark Live: Road Rage

32
992 954
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

33
829 708
Lorrie Morgan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lorrie Morgan Merry Christmas From London, Something in Red, Leave the Light On

34
552 583
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

35
1,156 1,178
Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl, The Woman I Am

36
670 859
Mary Chapin Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Mary Chapin Carpenter Stones in the Road, A Place in the World, Shooting Straight in the Dark

37
585 547
Dottie West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Dottie West Every Time Two Fools Collide, Country and West, Country Boy and Country Girl

38
640 719
Pam Tillis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Pam Tillis Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My Place

39
538 502
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Coolza added Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

40
561 665
Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Rosanne Cash King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac

41
731 722
Jo Dee Messina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jo Dee Messina I'm Alright, Jo Dee Messina, Delicious Surprise

42
539 643
Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lynn Anderson The Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden

43
876 783
Gretchen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, Right on Time

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673 494
Helen Carter Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
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674 726
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jewel Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit

46
469 568
Kathy Mattea is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kathy Mattea Time Passes By, Good News, Lonesome Standard Time

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494 598
Deana Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Deana Carter Did I Shave My Legs for This, I'm Just a Girl, Everything's Gonna Be Alright

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281 99
The Judds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
The Judds Greatest Hits, The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi, Christmas Time With The Judds

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283 204
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
RustyRentfro added Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go 'Round

50
345 328
Naomi Judd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Female Country Singers