Country music never gets old it is always changing and grabbing new stars who leave their marks and give us songs we live with, many female country singers have left a huge impact on the country music. unfortunately, most of the new generation doesn’t know about these classic female artists, you can get nostalgic with some of their hits that made a huge impact back in the ’90s.
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1. Trisha Yearwood
A three- times Grammy Award winner, Trisha was born in Jasper County, Georgia and her style affected by many other great artists like Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Emmylou Harris. She started her career in Nashville where she had an internship as a receptionist at MTM Records, She’s in Love with the Boy was the first hit song that made her a significant 90’s Country singer.
XXX’s and OOO’s was her first single to reach number 1 on the Billboard Country Chart, Thinkin’ About You was another single for her to take that position. Trisha won her first Grammy Award in 1994 and in 1997 she won her second award as the Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1998 she won her third award to consider one of the greatest female country singes of all time.
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2. Reba Nell McEntire
Reba Nell was one of the best-selling country music preforms of all time, she is also a Grammy Award winner. She was born in Kiowa, Oklahoma and started her career singing heavily pop-influenced ballads then she released her first hit song I Don’t Want To Be A One Night Stand in 1976. Four years later she released (You Lift Me) Up to Heaven which was one of the top 10 Country songs back then.
In 2005 Reba recapped about 21 songs which 11 of them reached the #1 on Billboard and other publications.
3. Lisa Brokop
Lisa was born in Surrey, British Columbia and is one of the greatest Candian female country singers plus being a writer and also an actress. She released six albums, some of their songs have crossed over the American Country Music Chart and more than 20 singles of her have charted on the Candian Country Music Chart.
Better Off Broken reached #8 in her native country in 1995 while Give Me a Ring Sometime and Take That reached #52 on The American Country Music Chart.
4. Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mary was born in Princeton, New Jersey and she is a multitalented artist; singer, and guitarist. Passionate Kisses is one of her widely famous singles, Down at the Twist and Shout (youtube) is another hit for her as she performed it at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.
Mary has special songs that support women through hard times and troubled relationships, He Thinks He’ll Keep Her is one of these songs that speak about strength and self-respect. Another theme that you can see widely in her songs is, follow your soul rather than goal-driven materialism, The Long Way Home (youtube) is the best example for that speaks about a man who retires work to stay at home.
She won five Grammy Awards; four for Best Female Country Vocal Performance from 1991 to 1994 and the fifth for Best Country Album in 1994. She released her latest albums Between Here and Gone in 2004 and The Calling in 2007.
5. Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann is known for her 2000 country hit I Hope You Dance, she was born in Jacksonville, Texas and released her first album in 1997 which heralded the neotraditional country music sound. That album contained three hits Never Again, Again, The Fool and You’ve Got To Talk To Me.
Her second album gave us another three hits A Little Past Little Rock, (Now You See Me) Now You Don’t and I’ll Think Of A Reason Later, I Hope You Dance considered her most successful album it contains four hits two original songs; Does My Ring Burn Your Finger and Why They Call It Falling beside two classic covers; Ashes By Now and Lord I Hope This Day Is Good.
Something Worth Leaving Behind another precious and worth-listening album that was released in 2002, There’s More Where That Came From is her latest album released in 2005 and features one hit single called I May Hate Myself In The Morning.
6. Kathy Mattea
Kathy was born in South Charleston, West Virginia she started her career singing demos for several songwriters in Nashville like Byron Hill who played a significant role in her singing career. Her third album drew the attention of people as it contained one hit song “Love at the Five and Dime” and three songs made the top 10; You’re the Power #5, Train of Memories #6 and Walk the Way the Wind Blows #10.
She also has many hit songs that riched #1 like Goin’ Gone (1988), Burnin’ Old Memories (1989), Lonesome Standard Time (1992), 455 Rocket (1997) and Eighteen Wheels (1998). The Innocent Years (youtube) in 2000 was Kathy’s last release and she tributed it to her ailing father.
7. Suzy Bogguss
Suzy Bogguss is one of the most acclaimed female country singers of both 80s and 90s, she won the Academy of Country Music award for Top New Female Vocalist and the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award. She was born in Mercer County, Illinois and her songs took the sense of the country and western flavor. Aces, Something Up My Sleeve, Swing are some of her hit albums.
8. Deana Kay Carter
Deana Kay was born in Nashville, Tennessee she had a strong entrance to the country music field by her famous album Did I Shave My Legs for This? which contained four hit songs. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Father Christmas, I’m Just A Girl, Greatest Hits and The Story Of My Life another great release for Deana.
She gained her passion for the music world from her father Fred Carter, Jr who was known for performing barefoot. Deana isn’t only a talented country singer, she also a great songwriter and performer. She performed in many television shows and network specials, she won a Golden Globe award and nominated for Grammy for her song Once Upon A December from the animated film Anastasia.
9. Tanya Denise Tucke
Another one of all-time female country singers is known for her hit song Delta Dawn (youtube) which reached number 6 on the American Country Charts, Tanya was born in Gaines County, Texas and she released her hit song at the age of 13 to be the youngest singer to have a major hit on the country charts.
10. Pam Tillis
Pam started her singing career at the age of eight as she grew up surrounded by music, her father was a well-known singer called Mel Tillis. She is known for her hit singles that break the Platinum barrier more than one time, Pam also a great songwriter and one of the best female country singers as she wrote many successful songs for famous singers many of them became a hit.
She was very connected to the country song and she never thinks to leave the field even when it started to lose its touch and new trends came along, her latest releases were It’s All Relative attributed to her father. Pam’s songs spoke from the soul, not like other songs that came out from boardrooms and focus groups of the country music industry.
11. Patty Loveless
Patty was born in Pike County, Kentucky and she was one of the famous female country singers due to her hit songs that took the tone of emotive country ballads. Only What I Feel is one of her most successful albums, she released after having throat surgery to repair her vocal cords and it won many awards.
12. Wynonna Ellen Judd
Her real name is Christina Claire Ciminella and she was born in Boyd County, Kentucky. Wynonna started his career with her mother who was also a singer, they created many successful dues under The Judds name but it was disbanded later in 1991 as she started her solo career.
She Is His Only Need, I Saw the Light and No One Else on Earth are from her best hits, all of the three reached #1 on the American Country Music Charts.
13. Terri Clark
Terri Clark was the first Candian woman to be inducted at Grand Ole Opry in 2004, she was born in Montreal, Quebec and started her career playing at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. Her first album, Better Things to Do, reached #3 on the American country charts.
When Boys Meets Girl, If I Were You, Suddenly Single, Something in the Water, Now That I Found You, You’re Easy on the Eyes, Getting There, Empty, I Just Wanna Be Mad, The World Needs a Drink, She Didn’t Have Time, Damn Right, Slow News Day and Dirty Girl is from her biggest hits.
14. Mindy McCready
Malinda Gayle “Mindy” McCready was born in Fort Myers, Florida where she started her career singing at the church and joined years later to formal opera training. Mindy’s first album, Ten Thousand Angels, gave her international fame and contained two of her biggest hits Ten Thousand Angels and Guys Do It All The Time.
15. Jo Dee Marie Messina
Jo Dee is one of the greatest female country singers of all time, her singles charted number one on the Billboard country music chart for six times and she has been honored by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She was also the first female country artist to reach number one for three consecutive weeks for the same album.
Marie was born in Framingham, Massachusetts and she made her first big entrance to the country scene with the single Heads Carolina, Tails California. Her second album I’m Alright produced five hit country songs all of them reached the top 10. She also has two Platinium and three Gold-certified albums from RIAA.
16. Allison Moorer
Allison was born in Monroeville, Alabama she is the younger sister of Shelby Lynne who was also a singer. She started her career singing harmonies with his sister, A Soft Place to Fall was her first hit song and she performed it in the 1999 Oscars Ceremony.
Show, The Dual, and Getting Somewhere are from her most successful albums, in 2008 Alison released an album contains covers for female singers and songwriters called Mockingbird. In 2010 she released her latest album Crown.
17. Jamie O’Neal
Jamie was born in Sydney, Australia and she came from a musical background as her parents were professional musicians. There Is No Arizona and When I Think About Angels where her first two singles and they both hit the Billboard country charts.
Shiver, I’m Not Gonna Do Anything Without You, Frantic, Every Little Thing, Trying to Find Atlantis and Somebody’s Hero were another hits for her and all of them charted on the Billboard. She was awarded Billboard’s Top New Country Artist, ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist and Gavin’s Top Country Artist.
18. Jessica Andrews
Jessica was born in Huntingdon, Tennessee and she started her singing career very early as she participated in a talent show after that she received a contract from DreamWorks Records then she produced her first album Heart Shaped World. She won Academy of Country Music’s top new female vocalist award and right now she working on her fourth album.
19. Gretchen Peters
One of the greatest female singers in the country music, she was also a very talented songwriter as she released many hits for singers like George Strait, Anne Murray, Patty Loveless, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride.
Gretchen was born in New York and she won the Country Music Association’s Song Of The Year for her hit “Independence Day.” Blackbirds and Juice are from her greatest album but didn’t sell much like her other releases. Her album Blackbirds speak about the pain of losing and appreciate the life we are given.
20. Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan
Loretta was born in Nashville, Tennessee and she was the daughter of George Morgan, she had a strong start in the country music scene as her first appearance was at the age of thirteen in Grand Ole Opry. She led her father band after his death but she disbanded a few years later, to make more than one hit song.
She was the youngest singer to join Grand Ole Opry, Trainwreck of Emotion was her first hit album and Five Minutes was the first single to reach #1. Lorrie was the first female country artist to have three certificated Platinum albums in a row.
21. Kelly Willis
Kelly Willis known for her clear unadorned voice, she was a very talented singer and songwriter. Her songs took the sense of contemporary and new traditional song, she was born in Comanche County, Oklahoma and released her first album Well Travelled Love in 1990.
A year later Kelly performed one of her most successful hit “Little Honey” in Ridley Scott’s film ”Thelma and Louise.” What I Deserve and Translated From Love are two of her most rewarded album.
22. Lari White
Lari was born in Pinellas County, Florida and she drew attention by participating in a talent show called You Can Be a Star. She charted twelve times on The Billboard country music charts and three of her hits reached the top 10; Now I Know #5, That’s My Baby and That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love) #10.
Flying Above the Rain was one of her early singles that made a huge success in the south of America, her first album made three minor hit singles What a Woman Wants, Lead Me Not and Lay Around and Love You.
23. Linda Kaye Davis
Linda was born in Dotson, Texas and she charted three minors country singles. Her highest-charted was a duet with Reba McEntire called Does He Love You (youtube) that reached #1 on the Billboard country charts and both of them won Grammy’s Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Some Things Are Meant to Be is another hit for her that reached #13.
24. Kay Toinette “K. T.” Oslin
Kay was born in Crossett, Arkansas and she started her career as a songwriter writing for well-known singers like Dottie West, Gail Davies, Sissy Spacek, and The Judds. She was the first female songwriter to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year. This Woman, I’ll Always Come Back, Come Next Monday, Hey Bobby, Hold Me, Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way was some of her hit songs.
K. T. branched out into acting and participated in some great works like Paradise, Evening Shade, and The Thing Called Love with Sandra Bullock and River Phoenix.
25. Chalee Tennison
Chalee started her career participating in several bands back in her hometown in Texas, her first two albums made minor chart entries. She charted six times on the Billboard Hot Country Songs for singles like Just Because She Lives There and Go Back both of the charted #36.
26. Martina McBride
With one of the biggest country music voices, McBride was a huge name in this era thanks to hits tracks like “Independence Day” as well as “My Baby Loves Me.”