Best Female Country Singers of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

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 is the best in almost any genre. How Great Thou Art was the best performance I've heard in anything. - Butch

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!

Heck ya!
Carrie is amazing. Her range and tone are beautiful and ease together to make legendary songs. I look up the best songs, just to try them out.
Sometimes it can be a pretty hard time for me. I listen to Panic! At the Disco for some genres and Carrie Underwood for life.
Carrie has inspired me so much and I love her song, 'Champion'. I don't want to brag or hint about my life behind the screen, so I'll just say that it really helps me get through some hard times.
I agree. Carrie Underwood deserves all the metals in the universe and more.
That's not exaggerating. - itsuniminecraft

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.

2 Shania Twain Shania Twain Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.

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 turned country music upside down and changed the face of country music as no one else has. Her voice and her songs obviously touched all segments of the country music scene far beyond her home country of Canada and embraced the world.

3 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton Dolly 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.

Actually, Dolly did have some country-pop stuff, from what I heard. - Katanaceilingfan

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.

She is the worst, her voice is like someone dragging their fingers on a blackboard, she can not sing.

4 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about 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!

I do like her, but in the beginning it was her being the victim and standing up for yourself and being kind... then all of a sudden she went backwards and now it's about Look What you Made me Do and all those tragic songs... it's like she's a whole different person. The best song she's done for a while is You need to Calm Down, and I don't not like her, in fact I know a lot of people do. This isn't a hate comment, I just don't like how she's changed so much. Her songs are still good... but why so dark all of a sudden? - itsuniminecraft

5 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia. She became a professional country singer in the 1950s, and became one of the most important artists in American music history. Patsy died on March 5, 1963, in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. She was inducted more.

Patsy was in a league by herself, period!


I think her voice is magic, simply unique and will last forever, though her life has to end so early - she is the best of all time, no doubt about. Glory on Her.

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

6 Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Reba 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 at #10 is most laughable. She's top 3, maybe 4 of all time.

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

Really? Behind Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert. They are both very talented but have been far less influential that Reba McEntire and wonder where they will be in 2040? Longevity says it all and these women haven’t nearly come close. Sara has completely disappeared from country radio already.

7 Miranda Lambert Miranda Lambert Miranda 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.

She and Carrie Underwood are my favorite female singers. She was the reason I stayed with country other wise I would have gone back to pop. " He only loves me for my big sunglasses." guess what song it is because it is my favorite one she wrote so far

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!

I think that Miranda Leigh Lambert should be the first greatest singer

She is just adorable to be honest and I love her voice - Lightnin9

8 Martina McBride Martina McBride Martina Mariea McBride is an American country music singer-songwriter and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country pop material.

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.

Martina McBride, is absolutely the best, I enjoy every album she produces! I love all of her songs (they're all full of such meaning and heart. ) She has such an amazing and powerful ranged voice! She is beautiful inside & out! I love her, & her music! - JalonWatts

9 Sara Evans Sara 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.

Hands down one of top three country artist voices in the industry!

10 Faith Hill Faith 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

She is amazing and talented she sings good live even without all the editing she deserves respect for her natural voice she doesn't let fame go to her head she seems like a person who is easy to like I love her music and he has been in the music industry to know a variety of styles for her songs taylor swift is all about break ups and has so real value if you ask me faith hill knows true love and how to handle the trails and tribulations that may be thrown at her


The Contenders

11 Linda Ronstadt Linda 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.

A master interpreter of song. Sad that her health condition has taken her marvelous voice.

Ninth are you kidding?! She should be just behind Dolly Parton. This women could see rock, country and any other genre of music she touched with power and ease. She helped to revitalize interest in traditional American country music. She is number nine, it is incredible! and a shame.

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.

Linda Ronstadt is the number one singer of all time. At least number two on here. Carrie is great. - Butch

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

12 Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn is an American country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning almost 60 years.

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!

Pure country

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?!?!?

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.

13 LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer.

She is absolutely fantastic.

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

14 Emmylou 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.

Simply the most beautiful voice of heartbreak songs ever she got me through many a hard time of my own just the needle run through any of her amazing albums what a voice that gets better as she ages so beautifully

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.

15 Kelsea Ballerini

YES. VOTE FOR HER. - itsuniminecraft

Kelsea is just AMAZING! She has a pretty voice, and her songs from her latest release deliver such a good message to girls. Not to mention she has only one or two (I'm pretty sure it's one) songs that sad a bad word ONE time! She deserves more attention.

Dibs is one of my absolute favorite country songs, along with Fly by Maddie and Tae, Confession by Florida Georgia Line, and Peter Pan, which is also by Kelsea Ballerini!

She has a beautiful voice. And she keeps my courage up to singing country music like here so I really hope she never stops singing

16 Tammy Wynette

So I am really in to the ballads of country music. Not this new wave mess that tries to sound like they are country. When I want to say for Miss Tammy Wynette. There is no other performer that is or ever will be country like her again. I mean I give credit to Miss Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Barbara Mandrell and the women of Miss Wynette's era so much credit for doing such a wonderful job in performance. But, like I said before. No other performer will ever come close to being admired by me the way I admired Miss Wynette. What a shame to lose someone so special like her. I miss her voice so much. Her meaning in her music is why I listen to country music. I miss her terribly. GOD Speed to you Miss Tammy.

There will never be another voice like Tammy, so distinctive, clear, and powerful. She IS the 'first lady of country music' and should be number one hands down! If you've not listened to her or haven't for awhile, sit down and listen, she puts her heart and soul into every song. I regret not being able to ever see her in concert. RIP, Ms. 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.

17 Alison Krauss Alison Krauss Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recording for the first time at 14.

I am absolutely mad about Alison Krauss. Her voice is absolutely perfect and sends shivers down my spine. I also find her to be supremely attractive, I know she is not a classic beauty but she has something else. There is something about her that makes you catch your breath and melt.

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.

18 Olivia Newton John

Again, would probably be rated higher if she were purely country. Let Me Be There is country, Physical is not.

Excellent Voice I loved to see her in the Movie "Grease"

Number five behind, Tammy, Loretta, Patsy and Dolly

Olivia Newton-John please turn my Facebook and I am in Moore house

19 Danielle 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.

GO Danielle! Amazing voice!

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

20 Patty 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.

Patty Loveless is my "babe" I LOVE AND ADORE HER SINCE MANY YEARS. She's my # 1. My queen of country music. PATTY. You're the one and in my heart is a secret place for you. May God bless and protect you. Chuck - the country boy - Houston

21 Raelynn

I Love You’re music God made girls and for a boy are some of my favorite songs

She and Kelsea Ballerini are the best

God DID make girls they're hot

22 Barbara Mandrell

The all time best is Barbara Mandrell!

Barbara is without question the best variety entertainer of all time. She was the best female country music musician, the best female country music dancer, entertainer and she was a great singer and has an influence on all the country artists that came after her. She should be #1 on this list.

Barbara is the Ultimate Entertainer I Love her

Barbara Mandrell is the all time best female country music entertainer and singer.

23 Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood who is married to the most successful country star in history, Garth Brooks has also proved herself with her rich voice and southern comfort appeal

She was as dominant in the 90's as any woman singer around. I am shocked she is behind Patty Loveless or Sara Evans. Honestly I have her 1st...

This is a silly list anyone who actually knows what vocal talent sounds like knows Trisha is one of the all time best!

One of the best voices and most genuine performers out there.

24 Madison Marlow

Who is she? this is my name

25 Hillary Scott Hillary Scott

Her voice is AMAZING! Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott has the best voice there is!

She has such a beautiful voice that no singer will ever have.

Awesome voice/ great range

She deserves to be in the top ten page.

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26 Wynonna Judd Wynonna Judd Wynonna Ellen Judd is an American country music singer. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to the single name Wynonna. She first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother Naomi in the country music duo The Judds.

Who is the deaf idiot who made this list? Best vocals Wynonna and Allison Krause are second to no one on this list. You should listen to these gals more often and you will agree. Thanks ladies

Best voice country music has ever had!

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.

27 Maren Morris

I love her! She's amazing and her voice is absolutely incredible

Great to see someone rejected by the reality shows and their so-called "expert coaches" make it.

My Church and 80's Mercedes are great songs. - DMacLean15

I love maren

28 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.
29 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.


Loved this talent when she first left Disney, of course she was great while working with Disney, but I don't understand the theatrics she pulls now and how it has anything to do with her God given talented voice. I just hope she doesn't lose herself in the over-exagerated hype of pushing the envelope to be noticed. She is a great actress, very pretty and a killer voice to top it off. Come back Miley, don't get lost You have an endless amount of fans who really enjoy your songs. Stay on course and enjoy life.

What happened to you you were my favorite on Disney

She has really good music

30 Tegan Marie
31 Mandy Barnett

Awesome, underrated, beautiful voice. Very sweet to fans after shows.

32 Lorrie Morgan

I agree with one of the other poster.I had same thing happen to me., she was very unfriendly...I also will never go to her concert ever again or buy any more of her CDs.

Greatest singer ever in my opinion.

Love her singing, and I was a big fan until I met her. Not impressed at all. She was very unfriendly and egotistical. Never purchased any more of her music or concert tickets again after that.

One of the best and maybe least known

33 Maddie and Tae

I love your guy's voice

Kelsea Ballerini RaeLynn and Maddie and Tae as the best

I honestly think maddie and Tae should be number one on this list

Maddie & Tae should be at lest in the top ten.

34 Sylvia
35 Maddie Marlow
36 Kathy Mattea

Amazing voice, great presentation, excellent rapport with the audience, magnificent interpretation of standard and innovative songs.

Just an excellent voice and delivery desires top ten honors

I loved her voice and her songs. Most of them certainly described my way of life

First female country singer that I loved and became a fan of.

37 Lucinda Williams

#88?!? Lucinda Williams is a really great song writer. She has never gotten the attention she deserves. She has a fantastic and unique voice along with great instrumental parts. Just listen to anything by her.

She's a great songwriter.

This list is joke... Shania Twain and Garth Brooks are the 2 worst things to ever happen to country music...

Excellent artist with soul!

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38 Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary consistently produces work of the highest quality, taking Country Music to new heights. Between Here and Gone sets a new benchmark for all aspiring songwriters.

"Stones in the Road" is one of the greatest songs of the last few decades. Mary is one of the greats.

She is a terrific singer and wonderful entertainer.

The poet laureate of country/folk/Americana! Plus a terrific guitar player and one of the best live performers in any genre. My generaton's Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. And she keeps getting better after 30 years and 14 albums.

39 k.d. lang

Absolutely beautiful voice


Most amazing range ever

The most honest girl I ever heard.

40 Tanya Tucker Tanya Tucker Tanya Denise Tucker is an American female country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched more.

This list is junk, no way Tanya should be this low

Delta Dawn or Texas (When I Die) Oh...too many good ones. It's awful being so indecisive! - Britgirl

Some of the best songs ever!

You have Tanya Tucker below Bonnie Raitt and Kelly Clarkson, who aren't even country singers? How insulting.

41 Brenda Lee Brenda Lee Brenda Mae Tarpley, known as Brenda Lee, is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s.

She should be in the top ten on the strength of "I'm Sorry" alone. She also has a huge following world wide which very few of those singers rated above her have. Also, she is at the end of her career now, a career brighter and longer lasting than most of the afore mentioned singers will never have.

Only Woman in the Rock a BIlly hall of fame, Rock Hall of fame, and Country Music call of fame... Sold millions of albums all over the world. one of the best representatives of country music that you can find. Terrific attitude and wonderful personality. What a talent!

Don't tell me that you actually think there are 81 singers in Country Music better than Brenda Lee. Just admit your list is a travesty.

One of the best female voices of all time. Her Christmas recording is still very popular.

42 Kimberly Perry

This list needs to be redone she's awesome - TheUmbreon

Should've already BEEN on the list.

Amazing voice, songs tell a story

She is precious! She is so unique and deserves top 20 atleats

43 Gretchen Wilson

Miss hearing you on the radio. Please give us some more great hits.

She should be in at least top 20! She has been the best for many years and brought out the rednecks!

Gretchen Wilson I would love for you to be in my Facebook is the NAA man is more house

This Redneck Woman is awesome! I'd love to hear more music from her!

44 Jessie James

She's married to eric decker of course she is one of the best there is

She's such a powerhouse! Who wouldn't vote for her?!

I thought she robbed trains...

45 Taylor Dye
46 Jennifer Nettles

I have never heard anyone with stronger vocals. She delivers her songs perfectly and makes the listener feel every word. Plus, she has a great personality and an extreme passion that you can hear in all her songs. Her songs all have meaning, and they can move the listener to strong emotions. She has also performed or covered Bon Jovi, Beyonce, the B 52s, Nelly, and Kings of Leon songs, showing that she has talent in more than just country singing. Her unique voice is just an added bonus.

Listen to the Crossroads performance when she sang with Bon Jovi. She could join the band tomorrow and fit right in. She sings everything with passion and crystal clarity. She can sing the soft sections beautifully and fill the room with powerful sound when required. She is simply the best.

All the Woman Singers listed would agree that Jennifer Nettles has the total package. She has the strength, clarity and range that a very few singers posses. Listen to the one season of "duets" and you will see and hear what I am talking about.

She could school everyone on this list. Her duet with Lady Gaga at an award show sets a standard Martina could never reach. One word... Amazing. Oh, and another... Hot!

47 K.T. Oslin

Best of them all. Exceptional sultry voice and so full of emotion.

Breakthrough vocals and most creative songs that truly tell a story.
Carla McAlevy
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48 Connie Smith

I can't believe Connie Smith is rated this low. Connie's very first song, "Once a Day", became the first debut single by a female country artist to reach number one & it stayed there for 8 weeks. For nearly 50 years the single held the record for the most weeks spent at number one on the Billboard country chart by a female artist.

My mother & Connie are best friends, & Mom says she was on her way to super stardom, but put her kids & family first so not many concerts or records released. Over the last 40 years, I've asked a lot the greatest stars of country music, who is the best female vocalists in country music & over 90% have said, "Connie Smith." Great talent knows great talent, so I think that is reason enough to put her up to #1. And if Taylor Swift has ever made a country record, I have not heard it.

Love connie' voice, no other, what I call a country music, todays country female singer are not country. They ruin the real country music.

If you are going to list Connie Smith as number 49 in Country Music, then you ought to just admit your insanity right now and go home.

She is a real country singer in her voice, style, every thing. No other can stand by her.

49 Cassadee Pope Cassadee Pope Cassadee Blake Pope is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Pope was the lead vocalist of the rock band Hey Monday (on hiatus as of December 2011), with whom she released one studio album and three EPs.

She should be number one her songs help out a lot of people who are in a tough position. she help me get over a break up/relationship with a guy who cheated on me and then tried to tell me that everything was gonna be ok and that he would never do it to me again and yet he did it again and she helped me. she is amazing, and if you ever feel like your nothing listen to her song she will dig you out of the hole that you are in. SHE IS AMAZING!

Cassadee is definitely one of the best artists I listen to!

You should be at the top your awesome!

50 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt

I've never viewed Bonnie Raitt as a country singer - but okay. She's amazing either way. - Britgirl

I only heard one song I can't make you love me. But I can't help but admire her voice. Many artists here are so underrated and stars like Katy and selena and Taylor are overrated. I like them but they don't have strong voices.

So much soul, my son and I both love her and her music I just don't hear enough of her these days even in this world of technology. She's the greatest.

Still going strong and better than ever

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