music The Top Female Country Singers

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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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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

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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Sara Evans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Sara Evans Born to Fly, Restless, The Early Years

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Emmylou Harris Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl

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Trisha Yearwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Trisha Yearwood The Sweetest Gift, Hearts in Armor, Inside Out

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June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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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

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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

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Anita Carter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Anita Carter Folk Songs Old and New, Ring Of Fire

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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

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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

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Lee Ann Womack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance, Something Worth Leaving Behind, The Season for Romance

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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

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Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Barbara Mandrell Christmas at Our House, Midnight Angel, No Nonsense

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Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Patty Loveless Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, Mountain Soul II, Mountain Soul

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Olivia Newton-John Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

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Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Anne Murray Anne Murray's Christmas Album, Christmas Wishes, Best of the Season

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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

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

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Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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

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Lorrie Morgan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lorrie Morgan Merry Christmas From London, Something in Red, Leave the Light On

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Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl, The Woman I Am

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

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Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

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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

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Pam Tillis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Pam Tillis Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My Place

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Jo Dee Messina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jo Dee Messina I'm Alright, Jo Dee Messina, Delicious Surprise

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Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lynn Anderson The Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden

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Helen Carter Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
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Gretchen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, Right on Time

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Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Rosanne Cash King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac

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Dottie West is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Dottie West Every Time Two Fools Collide, Country and West, Country Boy and Country Girl

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

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Jewel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jewel Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit

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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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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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Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Wanda Jackson The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin

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Naomi Judd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Female Country Singers

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Donna Fargo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Donna Fargo The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., My Second Album, Shame On Me