Singers 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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1
4,553 2,198
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

2
3,725 1,661
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

3
4,351 2,020
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

4
5,756 2,598
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

5
3,245 1,565
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

6
4,350 1,414
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
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
3,217 1,590
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, This Kiss

8
3,367 1,338
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

9
2,138 1,353
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Let's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together

10
2,180 1,423
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Raising Sand, So Long So Wrong, Paper Airplane

11
3,548 1,853
Miranda Lambert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene

12
1,693 1,205
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Johnny and June, June Carter and Johnny Cash: Duets, Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter

13
1,667 1,481
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl

14
1,975 1,274
Trisha Yearwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
The Sweetest Gift, Hearts in Armor, Inside Out

15
2,105 1,226
Sara Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Born to Fly, Restless, The Early Years

16
1,749 1,421
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Unchained Melody: The Early Years, Sittin' on Top of the World, Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart

17
1,372 1,256
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New

18
2,038 1,948
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Taking the Long Way, Home, Wide Open Spaces

19
1,570 1,180
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

20
1,386 1,293
Wynonna Judd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
A Classic Christmas, Wynonna, What the World Needs Now Is Love

21
1,501 1,246
Lee Ann Womack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
I Hope You Dance, Something Worth Leaving Behind, The Season for Romance

22
1,133 1,069
Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
One From the Heart, A Crystal Christmas, Cage the Songbird / Nobody Wants to Be Alone

23
1,252 1,050
Anita Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
HarperGranvilleGrimmJr added Folk Songs Old and New, Ring Of Fire

24
1,203 1,204
Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Christmas at Our House, Midnight Angel, No Nonsense

25
1,171 903
Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, Mountain Soul II, Mountain Soul

26
872 818
Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
The Collection, God's Honky Tonk Angel: The First Queen of Country Music, 20 Greatest Hits

27
1,157 1,139
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Anne Murray's Christmas Album, Christmas Wishes, Best of the Season

28
789 708
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
RandolphGreer added Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

29
1,486 1,474
Jennifer Nettles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
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

30
976 724
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Breakaway, Stronger, My December

31
1,188 1,181
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

32
711 730
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

33
1,115 1,059
Terri Clark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Greatest Hits, Honky Tonk Songs, Terri Clark Live: Road Rage

34
833 1,016
Mary Chapin Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Stones in the Road, A Place in the World, Shooting Straight in the Dark

35
1,035 854
Lorrie Morgan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Merry Christmas From London, Something in Red, Leave the Light On

36
1,342 1,367
Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl, The Woman I Am

37
751 669
Dottie West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Every Time Two Fools Collide, Country and West, Country Boy and Country Girl

38
720 681
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Coolza added Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

39
687 770
Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
The Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden

40
800 856
Pam Tillis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My Place

41
700 819
Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac

42
887 872
Jo Dee Messina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
I'm Alright, Jo Dee Messina, Delicious Surprise

43
1,035 952
Gretchen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, Right on Time

44
837 915
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit

45
540 227
The Judds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Greatest Hits, The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi, Christmas Time With The Judds

46
721 653
Helen Carter Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
henrymartinhamm added Helen Carter Jones

47
458 351
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
RustyRentfro added Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go 'Round

48
612 726
Deana Carter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Did I Shave My Legs for This, I'm Just a Girl, Everything's Gonna Be Alright

49
481 485
Naomi Judd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Female Country Singers

50
568 700
Kathy Mattea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Time Passes By, Good News, Lonesome Standard Time