“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 she if she hadn’t switched over to pop.