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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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3,809 1,811
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
3,128 1,339
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
3,676 1,575
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
4,973 2,230
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

5
2,699 1,342
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
3,618 1,237
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
2,753 1,312
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
2,796 1,109
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
3,128 1,589
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
1,762 1,183
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
1,825 1,232
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
1,456 994
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
1,819 1,040
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
1,421 1,300
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
1,700 1,107
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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16
1,153 1,063
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
1,775 1,637
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
1,181 851
Anita Carter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
HarperGranvilleGrimmJr added Anita Carter Folk Songs Old and New, Ring Of Fire

19
1,491 1,222
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
1,302 1,039
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

21
1,142 1,116
Wynonna Judd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Wynonna Judd A Classic Christmas, Wynonna, What the World Needs Now Is Love

22
1,294 1,098
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
641 498
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
950 921
Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
1,015 1,076
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
996 993
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Anne Murray Anne Murray's Christmas Album, Christmas Wishes, Best of the Season

27
980 789
Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Patty Loveless Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, Mountain Soul II, Mountain Soul

28
700 520
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

29
1,259 1,316
Jennifer Nettles is listed (or ranked) 29 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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716 696
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

31
1,025 987
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

32
977 918
Terri Clark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Terri Clark Greatest Hits, Honky Tonk Songs, Terri Clark Live: Road Rage

33
577 601
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

34
861 726
Lorrie Morgan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lorrie Morgan Merry Christmas From London, Something in Red, Leave the Light On

35
1,189 1,201
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
562 529
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Coolza added Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

37
696 878
Mary Chapin Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
614 559
Dottie West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Dottie West Every Time Two Fools Collide, Country and West, Country Boy and Country Girl

39
661 739
Pam Tillis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Pam Tillis Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My Place

40
577 691
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
561 666
Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Lynn Anderson The Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden

42
751 749
Jo Dee Messina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jo Dee Messina I'm Alright, Jo Dee Messina, Delicious Surprise

43
700 761
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Jewel Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit

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44
896 817
Gretchen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, Right on Time

45
686 519
Helen Carter Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
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46
320 119
The Judds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
The Judds Greatest Hits, The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi, Christmas Time With The Judds

47
368 351
Naomi Judd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Female Country Singers

48
313 592
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

49
424 579
Donna Fargo is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
304 224
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Female Country Singers
RustyRentfro added Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go 'Round