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A List of the 30 Most Powerful Female Country Singers of All Time Includes Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, and Reba McEntire

October 19, 2018

"Taste of Country" has a list of the 30 Most Powerful Female Country Singers of All Time and DOLLY PARTONis #1.  They based it on commercial success, influence, career longevity, vocal ability, and songwriting skills. 

Here's the Top 10:

#1. Dolly Parton. There's her "artistry, versatility, business sense, and courage."  And she even has her own amusement park, for cryin' out loud.

#2. Loretta Lynn. She was chosen because of her influence as a singer, songwriter, and female trailblazer.

#3. Miranda Lambert.  She's 34 years old and "already has 14 combined Female Vocalist of the Year wins" plus two Grammys.

#4. Reba McEntire.  A country music icon who's done pretty much everything you can in the entertainment industry, and she's still going strong.

#5. Carrie Underwood.  Everything she touches turns to gold, but the "depth and value of her most inspiring songs" is what put her so high on this list.

#6. Patsy Cline.  Despite a tragically short life, her "tremendous legacy has given her iconic status that compares with Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra."

#7. Tammy Wynette. It's based on her resume and legacy.

#8. Shania Twain. They call her "a watershed artist." Also, she's sold a gazillion records.

#9.  Kitty Wells. She's considered the first real female country star.

#10. Faith Hill. They chose her because of name recognition, and because she's an all-time great female country singer.  

Other highlights include the Dixie Chicks at #11, Kacey Musgraves at #26, and Taylor Swift at #30, and imagine if she hadn't switched over to pop.