The Top Female Country Singers

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List Criteria: 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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    Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the

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    Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has set and broke several records

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    Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase Virginia Patterson Hensley, known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. She died at

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    Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas Loretta Lynn, is a multiple gold album American country music singer-songwriter whose work spans more than 50 years. She has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in

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    Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling female

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    20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Reba, 20th ... Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local

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    Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, This Kiss Faith Hill is an American country pop singer and occasional actress. She is one of the most successful country artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Hill is married

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    White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am Martina Mariea Schiff, known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country pop

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    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene Miranda Leigh Shelton is an American country music artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and later signed to Epic Records.

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    Let's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally by her stage name Tammy Wynette, was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female

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    Raising Sand, So Long So Wrong, Paper Airplane Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the

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    Born to Fly, Restless, The Early Years Sara Lynn Evans is an American country singer and songwriter. For her entire career, she has been signed to RCA Records Nashville. Evans' debut, Three Chords and the Truth, did not produce a Top 40

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    Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl ... Emmylou Harris is an American singer and songwriter. She has released many popular albums and singles over the course of her career, and as of 2015 she has won 13 Grammys as well as numerous other

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    Johnny and June, June Carter and Johnny Cash: Duets, Carryin' On With ... Valerie June Carter Cash was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and author who was a member of the Carter Family and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. Prior to her

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    The Sweetest Gift, Hearts in Armor, Inside Out Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood is an American singer, author, and actress. She is known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective that have been described by

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    Folk Songs Old and New, Ring Of Fire Ina Anita Carter, the youngest daughter of Ezra and Mother Maybelle Carter, was a versatile American singer who experimented with several different types of music and played upright bass with her

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    A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous

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    Taking the Long Way, Home, Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres, including alternative country. The band is composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily

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    Unchained Melody: The Early Years, Sittin' on Top of the World, Put a ... Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer. Known for her rich vocals, Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of the Bill

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    I Hope You Dance, Something Worth Leaving Behind, The Season for Romance ... Lee Ann Womack is an American country music singer and songwriter, who is best known for her old fashioned-styled country music songs that often discuss subjects such as cheating and lost love. Her

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    A Classic Christmas, Wynonna, What the World Needs Now Is Love Wynonna Ellen Judd is an American country music singer. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to the singular name Wynonna. Wynonna first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi,

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    Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya Tanya Denise Tucker is an American female country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child

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    Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE is an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100

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    Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, Mountain Soul II, ... Patty Loveless, is an American country music singer. Since her emergence on the country music scene in late 1986 with her first album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of the

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    Christmas at Our House, Midnight Angel, No Nonsense Barbara Ann Mandrell is an American country music singer and actress. She is known for a series of Top 10 hits and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s that helped her become one of country's most

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    Breakaway, Stronger, My December Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as "The Original American

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    One From the Heart, A Crystal Christmas, Cage the Songbird / Nobody Wants ... Crystal Gayle is an award-winning American country music singer. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", she accumulated 20 number one

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    An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles II / Live from Eddie's Attic, An ... Jennifer Odessa Nettles is an American country music singer-songwriter and musician. She is known primarily for her role as lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland alongside Kristian Bush. Before

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    The Collection, God's Honky Tonk Angel: The First Queen of Country Music, ... Ellen Muriel Deason, known professionally as Kitty Wells, was an American pioneering female country music singer. She broke down a female barrier in country music with her 1952 hit recording, "It

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    Anne Murray's Christmas Album, Christmas Wishes, Best of the Season Morna Anne Murray CC ONS, known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 54 million copies worldwide as of

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    Greatest Hits, Honky Tonk Songs, Terri Clark Live: Road Rage Terri Lynn Sauson, known professionally as Terri Clark, is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she released her

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    Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl, The Woman I Am Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place. In 2006, she

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    Merry Christmas From London, Something in Red, Leave the Light On Loretta Lynn "Lorrie" Morgan is an American country music singer. She is the daughter of George Morgan, a country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in

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    Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two compilations, a

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    Stones in the Road, A Place in the World, Shooting Straight in the Dark ... Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C., clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who

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    Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology Brenda Mae Tarpley, known as Brenda Lee, is an American performer and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the

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    Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My ... Pamela Yvonne "Pam" Tillis is an American country music singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis and Doris Tillis. Originally a demo singer in

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    Helen Carter Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Female Country Singers

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    I'm Alright, Jo Dee Messina, Delicious Surprise Jo Dee Marie Messina is an American country music artist. She has charted nine number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the

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    Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, Right on Time Gretchen Frances Wilson is an American country music artist. She made her debut in 2004 with the Grammy Award-winning single "Redneck Woman," a number-one hit on the Billboard country

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    The Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden Lynn Rene Anderson is a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop, worldwide megahit " Rose

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    King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac Rosanne Cash is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin. Although Cash is often classified

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    Every Time Two Fools Collide, Country and West, Country Boy and Country ... Dottie West was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and co-recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre's most influential and

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    Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk

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    Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has sold

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    Naomi Judd is an American country music singer, songwriter, and activist.

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    Time Passes By, Good News, Lonesome Standard Time Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic and traditional country sounds to her music. Active since 1983 as a recording

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    Did I Shave My Legs for This, I'm Just a Girl, Everything's Gonna Be ... Deana Kay Carter is a country music artist who broke through in 1996 with the release of debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, which was certified 5× Multi-Platinum in the United States for

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    The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin Wanda Lavonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock

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    The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., My Second Album, Shame On Me Donna Fargo is an American country singer-songwriter, who is best known for a series of Top 10 country hits in the 1970s. These include "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" and "Funny

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