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The Top Female Country Singers

Updated July 1, 2020 200.2k votes 25.5k voters 1.9m views158 items

List RulesOnly female singers who sing in the country music genre

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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. Many classic artists on this list, like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and the late June Carter Cash, are established icons of Country/Western's old guard. Others still are newer to the genre, and are currently among the most famous singers of the modern day. Many 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 today's top female country singers. Country 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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