Best Female Country Singers of All Time

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1Carrie Underwood

As Brad Paisley has so aptly pointed out, Carrie Underwood is the best voice in country music if not all of music and the man has heard live some of the best. This is high praise indeed and she receives this kind of praise again and again from some of the best: Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker to name just a few. Carrie Underwood cannot only hit all of the right notes but with ease and she has a beautiful tone to her voice. Actually not one tone. I am constantly hearing different sides to Carrie's vocals from the power she employs in How Great Thou Art (Her live performance with Vince Gill is a must see/hear and should make even the most ardent skeptic a believer) to the pure head voice in Just A Dream to a soft and warm vocal in Mama's Song and Temporary Home. She sings from the heart.

Carrie Underwood is one of the best country singer... I compare herself to her voice she's beautiful and her voice is so beautiful and amazing!

She is country. Reminds me of the great ones... Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.
She is not worried about fame she truly wants to stand for something good.

I like Carrie but she should not be in the first spot on this list. You have Reba, Dolly, and Patsy on this list.

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2Dolly PartonDolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.

Are any of y'all serious. How can anyone on here be better than Mrs. Dolly Parton. She has been in country music longer than any other artist on this list, and she has one of the most natural country/bluegrass voices, which is what is should sound like, not the pop crap that Taylor Swift sings, which I don't even know why she is on this list. Taylor is one of those artist that faked a southern accent to fit in, until people caught on and learned that she is from PA. I'm just really ticked that Taylor Swift is just behind Mrs. Dolly, when Taylor only gets by because of her looks, while Dolly had to struggle through poverty from growing up in a family with 12 kids in the Smoky Mountains. That is how the best artist come by, through hard work and growing up with hardly nothing; case in point, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, etc.

I think Dolly Parton is the best female country music singer of all time.. Her songs and her voice is like no other... She has produced songs duo as well as solo.. Which is amazing.. She's a singer, actress, amusement park owner. Great success...

Dolly Parton has had one of the longest careers in country and is still around today, with her unique sounding vocals she lands herself at number 7.

This is the Queen of Country, bow down and respect her legacy.

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3Shania Twain

To me she is the total package... I don't think anyone has impacted country music the way she has

Shania Twain was able to merge two genres together, which is why she sold so many albums (besides the fact that her songs are great). Her music can be fun as noted in "Man! I Feel Like A Woman! ", however, it can be quite sentimental like "You're Still The One", and relatable like "Up! ". She's impacted many people's lives, including mine, and overall, she just seems like a genuine, kind, and honest woman unlike other artists.

She is the reason I love country music she is beautiful and has and amazing voice and does not lipsync live and writes a huge portion of her songs. Hope she makes a come back really soon.

She's from my town. Great singer I saw her many times at bars and had put up great show.

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4Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline's vocal prowess is still incomparable. Others pale before her monumental and seemingly devil may care singing. She tossed off scores like no other, before or since. Has any other woman ever dared to record any score- after her's -so that we, might somehow, find someone as good as, (or better) to compare to? You see, Patsy Cline besides her great range, her athleticism within the range, besides her warmth (resonance) of sound-SANG:A/K/A legato.

The others don't. They talk sing. Talk sing. And talk sing:Which is not singing... And never can be, singing

One of- if not the- best singers of all time. Her vocal range and voice are unbelievable. It is sad how singers like Taylor Swift have surpassed her in this list. Taylor's live performance with Stevie Nicks at the Grammy Awards was terrible.

Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn are also amazing, but Patsy Cline is the best.

No one has or ever will come close to the singing sensation of Patsy Cline. She was the ultimate of talent with a voice range for which there is no equal today.

Patsy should be number 1

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5Martina McBride

Martina McBride is not just the greatest country singer of all time, but I believe she is the greatest SINGER of all time! Her voice is not only strong and powerful, but it is also sweet and feminine, and her range is phenomenal. Plus, I really love that she sings every song with great passion & conviction & she uses her talents to promote a better world.

Martina is, if not the best singer of all time, then one of three, only equaled by Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. Her voice is so powerful and range so great that she brings tears to my eyes sometimes and raises the hair on my arms and neck. She and Celine have been the only performers that have I've ever had that reaction to their singing. She's got to be #1 on the country list because she is only equaled and not surpassed by anyone of any type.

I am a borne again country music fan and only discovered Martina in 2011 and the sheer range of vocals and collaborative music I have listened to featuring Martina I rate her ahead of the pack but with the likes of Carrie and Kellie Pickler snapping at her heels Female country music is set for a good few years.

Most beautiful voice I've ever heard.

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6Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin ...read more.

I think Taylor swift is the best country singer of all time and deserves to be listened to. She writes and composes her own songs and I think most of us girls can really relate to her. She might not be an inspiration to others but at least I know that she is mine. I love you Taylor swift!

She's so young and yet really talented. Her songs are so enchanting

I think why she's eleventh is because some people think she's not a country singer, which isn't true. She IS a country singer, only that when live, she makes her songs seems energetic. VOTE FOR TAYLOR SWIFT!

She's not a country singer, she's clearly a pop singer.

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7Reba McEntireReba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and television producer.

She's the queen of country music! That's the name she was given by the Academy of Country Music! Shes in the country music hall of fame also. Her songs are awesome and her voice is so amazing.

Reba is the best country singer/actor of all time. No one can beat her. She's my idol! Reba is a legend that can't be beat. She most certainly beats Patsy Cline

Reba has a voice that is so unique, it touches the heart and soul every time. She has her own way of getting the point of her songs across to the listener. Many of the lyrics resonate with women who listen to her music as they can relate many aspects of Reba's songs with what may be going on in their own lives. Reba is feisty, funny, charismatic, down to earth, and an incredible singer. She has amazing stage presence and is not afraid to reinvent herself. There's not much more I can say but to ask the question "Reba, when are you coming back to Ireland?

Best of all time! Hands down, there's no one better.

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8Miranda LambertMiranda Leigh Lambert is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is best known as a solo artist, and is a member of the Pistol Annies.

Miranda Lambert is true country. She is a sweet Texas girl and she is a wonderful influence to young girls. She is proud of her curves and shares her opinions whether you like them or not! She writes beautiful songs and writes about things that everyone goes through. Her marriage to Blake Shelton is just so sweet and you can tell that they really love each other. Miranda Lambert is the best female country singer of this generation!

How did Miranda Lambert place lower than Taylor Swift. Taylor just sings songs about her failed relationships. Miranda sings for the love of her fans. Just because you put on boots with a sundress and play guitar don't make you a country singer no matter how much of a southern accent you play off in your music.

Miranda Lambert is the best female country singer ever! She deserves all the recognition she is getting and more. She has an amazing voice and is very beautiful!

Her voice is amazing and her songs are not "pop/country", they are 100% country.

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9Faith Hill

I love Faith Hill! She is definitely in my top ten! Her voice is so pure and gorgeous! Pop or Country, she is great! I love all of her songs, and am looking forward to her newest album to be released in 2011! - JalonWatts

Faith Hill has a beautiful, melodic voice with such an awesome range! Way high to hit the notes which emanate strength as in "Stronger"... Way low to hit the notes with husband Tim McGraw as in "I Need You". So pure! Holds a note without cracking and breaking, unlike Carrie Underwood who is strong in the lower range, but cannot go high. Faith also sings from the soul, drawing you into the meaning of a song with heart and passion. Plus, she's not afraid to vary her songs and expand her style, instead of just sticking to what is considered popular. Always inspiring to hear Faith sing!

Faith's voice is spectacular. If anyone has any doubts just listen to "Where Are You Christmas". The subtleties and dynamics she displays during that song is phenomenal! To me, only Martina compares to her and I am torn as to which one is better. Taylor Swift doesn't come anywhere close to these two. She is a songwriter and that is about it. The only current singer that gives them a run for their money is Carrie Underwood who is also spectacular in her own right and definitely one of the best ever (I love her! ) But my vote still goes for Faith Hill simply because you can feel her emotion in her music more than any other female artist

Very beautiful lady and awesome singer. Breathe was a mega hit for her!

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10Linda Ronstadt 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 United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.

The very essence of a natural vocalist. Everyone else, even Patsy Cline, sound nasal compared to my Linda. Plus her material and her bands were the best.

She helped fuse country, pop and rock. She is the Queen of Country Rock! Many country performers/artists name her as an influence. Roy Orbison said that Linda was responsible for his resurgence after she did "Blue Bayou." A major icon with major class!

22!
It is insane, she was one of the most sensational women in her day, she invented half of Country.

Her time her music

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The Contenders

11Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is by far the most recognized name in county music. Well In any type of music.. People who are in pop, rock country all know who Loretta Lynn is! She is Country Music Royalty at it's best. She is real, down to earth and loves her fans. There are 5 great female singers of all time.
Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. I'm not saying the other girl singers did not pave the way.. But These Girls Kicked down the doors and Will forever Be Known as The Queens of Country Oh I'm sure some are jealous, but face the fact! Loretta Lynn is at the top!

The duet Queen as country has known to call her with the most appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and one of the purest voices known to country she is one and only.

She is a top 10 for sure. Who could make a top 10 list without Loretta Lynn? Her music endured for decades, and Coal Miner's Daughter is an epic song that she not only sang, but also wrote. I'm not wishing to trash on Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift. But gee gads, ranking them over Loretta Lynn on a "greatest of all time" list is crazy.

I'm in total agreement. We're talking about the greatest of all time. Some of these girls might be in the running for the last ten years... But, come on. Loretta has been a mainstay in country music for more than fifty years. She broke the door down so that female country artists could sing about real life. The only one that I would even consider being number two would be Patsy Cline. Her music has endured the ages just like Loretta's. And the woman is still touring and bringing audiences to their knees... And she will turn 83 in April. Who else can say that?!?!?

I believe Loretta Lynn is by far the best female singer ever. I've been watching her movie since I was a baby. I know the movie from beginning to end without watching it. I know almost all her songs. Even when it comes a day where she's not a part f the world I believe her music will continue for generations to come.

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12Sara Evans

She's amazing, she has the most beautiful voice in the world. The sings with her soul, and with her heart. I just LOVE her..

Love Sara Evans! She is beautiful and has an outstanding voice. She avoids the crazy media stuff and has actually continued to remain successful through the years. Still remember Suds in the Bucket from 2001! Needless to say I hope she is around for another 10 years!

She's wonderful. Great pipes, easy on the eyes. I love her.

Simply the best

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13Emmylou Harris

The first album in 1970... She does so many good songs really well, and she can harmonize perfectly with anybody... Emmylou you will always be in my heart.

Emmylou has a beautiful voice and can sing such an amazing repertoire. Her albums are crafted pieces of art in themselves, not just collections of individual songs. In the last 15 years Emmy has also blossomed into a very talented songwriter in her own right, and when she sings her own songs the result touches your soul.

Emmylou Harris is the epitome of real country music and no other artist has so successfully sustained a career in music that is now in its 4th decade - her ability to interpret a song to make it uniquely her's is unmatched in country music and she is also a fine songwriter as well.

One of the best country singers of all time.

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14Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette has a voice nobody can beat! I have no clue why she isn't number one. How many top records did she have? Like 36 if my memory recalls correctly!

Tsmmy Wynette was the first lady in country music to go platinum. She had over twenty #1 singles and had over fifty albums. Since her death, she is a very over looked star that deserves to be in the top 5 with her friends Dolly and Loretta.

Tammy is my all time favorite. She HAS the best voice. I love her song "Till I Get It Right" among others like when she sings with George too.

I can't believe Tammy is this far down the list. How embarrassing this is.

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15Patty Loveless

Having just retired I've had opportunity to discover youtube and country music. After hearing Patsy Loveless I'm wondering where I've been all my life. I've Perused female country/bluegrass/rock singers. She stands out. Her voice is full and resonate with just that twinge of twang.

Patty Loveless is the best and most real country music singer ever. Her voice touches emotions in the listener like no other singer. She doesn't need flashy costumes or choreography like today's singers. She is talent and class all the way.

The most beautiful and yet poetic haunting voice at times. Patty can touch your heart like no other when she sings.

Great soulful singer!

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16Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss is simply has an amazingly beautiful voice. She is highly respected amongst the music community for her talent -- people should check out the collaboration songs she's done and look at the renowned singers who lined up to sing with her.

My wife hates country, but when she heard Alison sing, she had nothing but good things to say about her -- even if she doesn't care for the bluegrass sound.

Alison Krauss should be on top of the list. She is not just an incredible singer, but also a true artist. If you have a chance to listen to her selected musics from blue grass, to duet with Robert Plan, James Taylor... Etc.. You would know how great she is.

Alison Krauss is not at the top of this list because she's not the great beauty that Shania Twain is. She is, however, one of the most unique and beautiful voices of our time, a true musician, and she has the knack of being able to back up anybody seamlessly. She is, I believe, one of the top two or three country music female talents of all time.

I love Alison Krauss! She sings like a canary and has such a beautiful timbre.

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17LeAnn RimesMargaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer.

Leann sings real country music with a fantastic voice singing each word so you can understand it, and has a real country music band backing up. And some of her cover songs like Patsy Montana's "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart, & Patsy Cline's "Crazy" & "I Fall To Pieces" sound better than the originals (especially when she has a steel guitar to back her up like Patsy Cline did. I don't believe there are true country songs on radio stations that claim they are playing country music for the last few years. Most music producers today are city folks that wouldn't know country if they heard it.

How on earth can you forget Lee ann Rimes? She ABSOLUTELY deserves a place in top 10. Listen to 'Blue' by her and then give it a thought. And what's more is that she has successfully crossovered into pop music and proven to be an all-rounder, a complete package...!

Shes one of a kind greatest country singer real country singer just like patsy cline loretta lynn

Best Country vocalist of our time. Don't believe me? Just go give any of her work a listen. She also recorded one of the best renditions of our National Anthem that I've ever heard.

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18Danielle Bradbery

Her voice is extremely flawless and has a great range for a 16 year old!

She has a gorgeous voice. Without a doubt, she should be in the top ten. She has a bright, sweet voice that can hit the high notes and the low ones.

The very best should be top 10 without a doubt, for. 17years old.

She is the best!

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19Kellie Pickler

Kellie has it all. She is true Country more than half of all that is listed. Her voice range is beyond and her control is the best. Taylor Swift is the least Country of all that is listed. She has no range.

Kellie has great tone, range, control, emotion, heart, soul, power and the most beautiful voice in country music! She's also the best singer of country classics. Look up the "Kellie Pickler Country Classic Covers" YouTube playlist.

Kellie is such an amazing singer. Her vocal range is just flawless. She's one of the best performers in her generation! She is a true star and I really admire her.

You would have to go all the way down to number 30 to find someone less accomplished than her. She may be good in the future, she has talent, but since this is an "all-time"list, or is supposed to be, this ranking is way too high.

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20Wynonna Judd

Wynonna should be at the very top of the list. She does heart touching, soul searching, and beautifully orchestrated songs, definitely not cry in your beer stuff. Simply nobody who can match her, not even the country western female vocalists of the past. Gotta disagree with comments about Whitney and Aretha. Love them both, but, their voices and styles aren't country western oriented.

How is she not #1 on the list? She is one of the greatest vocalist of our time, PERIOD! Male or female; country or pop. She transcends all genre's and stands alongside the likes of Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.

This list is a joke when Kellie Pickler can rank Higher than Wynonna Judd. Strictly listening to the voice Wynonna is the best ever judged by clarity, fullness of tone and range of highs and lows.

I can think of a few people she could replace on this list

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