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Who is the Greatest Female Country Music Singer?

I was having this discussion with a friend. Comment why you chose the singer.

I tried to get "the best," but understand there is someone I left off.

by Anonymousreply 55February 5, 2023 4:21 PM

Dolly Parton*****

So sorry

by Anonymousreply 1January 27, 2023 4:46 AM

Of all of them Patsy Cline was the best singer by far. And she was REAL country. A good ol' girl.

by Anonymousreply 2January 27, 2023 4:47 AM

If we are talking vocal chops, Reba in her prime.

If we are talking crafting a song, Patsy Cline.

by Anonymousreply 3January 27, 2023 5:22 AM

No one can belt it out like Reba McEntire

by Anonymousreply 4January 27, 2023 1:40 PM

Loretta Haggers

by Anonymousreply 5January 27, 2023 2:27 PM

Martina McBride

Trisha Yearwood

by Anonymousreply 6January 27, 2023 2:28 PM

Patsy Cline, for both her technique and her influence

by Anonymousreply 7January 27, 2023 2:31 PM

Patsy Cline. She was the real deal. I like the other singers, especially Loretta and Tammy. Patsy, really had a distinct and elegant voice. She was tough too.

by Anonymousreply 8January 27, 2023 3:17 PM

Happy to see Cline in the lead

by Anonymousreply 9January 27, 2023 6:09 PM

Patsy, Dolly, and Reba

by Anonymousreply 10January 28, 2023 3:16 AM

You forgot me!!

by Anonymousreply 11January 28, 2023 3:23 AM

Tammy, without a doubt.

by Anonymousreply 12January 28, 2023 3:39 AM

There's a difference between "country" and "western" music. Patsy Cline sounded more western than the others.

I'd say Tammy Wynette. She could hit some really high notes and she sang a lot of country-flavored lyrics about relationships gone wrong, etc.

by Anonymousreply 13January 28, 2023 4:12 AM

Cline. She's truly in a class by herself.

Within her genre, her talent is unsurpassed.

She never over sings. Quiet subtlety rather than belting or bombast, is more effective when conveying heartache.

by Anonymousreply 14January 28, 2023 4:26 AM

This might be controversial.

I don’t consider Patsy Cline “country”. I know she’s country but her music sounds very 1950s and 60s pop and rock and roll to me.

When I think of female country, I hear Loretta and Tammy or Dolly.

I’ve always put Patsy with Patti Page and Connie more than Loretta and Tammy.

Is it just me?

by Anonymousreply 15January 28, 2023 5:41 AM

Like if Connie is pop and Patsy is the difference? Patsy could have sang “Who’s Sorry Now”. But the genres are considered different.

I guess it’s like how Adele is a pop singer even though it’s actually R&B.

by Anonymousreply 16January 28, 2023 5:43 AM

R15, I feel the same way about Patsy. My vote would go to Bobbie Gentry or Loretta Lynn.

by Anonymousreply 17January 28, 2023 6:10 AM

Very tough to select just one, for me Loretta Lynn just marginally edges out Dolly Parton, but all of these artists have done some great songs. I have 167 Loretta Lynn tracks downloaded into my phone

by Anonymousreply 18January 28, 2023 8:20 AM

r15 I think this sounds pretty country

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by Anonymousreply 19January 28, 2023 9:30 AM

Nobody can touch Cline's voice.

by Anonymousreply 20January 28, 2023 9:34 AM

Anita Carter

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by Anonymousreply 21January 28, 2023 9:42 AM

Bitsie Mae Harling.

by Anonymousreply 22January 28, 2023 10:44 AM

I just watched “Sweet Dreams” again last night. I love those performances.

by Anonymousreply 23January 28, 2023 1:45 PM

Loretta Lynn was close personal friends with George H.W. and Barbara Bush

by Anonymousreply 24January 28, 2023 2:01 PM

Skeeter Davis merits a mention here.

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by Anonymousreply 25January 28, 2023 2:20 PM

Reba is the most ridiculous over singer in the history of country music. Patsy is a far superior vocalist.

by Anonymousreply 26January 28, 2023 2:25 PM

OP how are you defining greatest? Greatest voice? Greatest overall image? Most well known? Greatest person?

Overall I'd vote Dolly Parton, although Reba, Patsy, maybe Loretta have voices just as strong if not stronger.

by Anonymousreply 27January 28, 2023 2:27 PM

Reba McEntire is great when she’s restrained. She’s like all belters that get huge success and start trying to hit the back of the rafters on every song, see Whitney and Christina. The evolution of her voice is very interesting. This is 1988.

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by Anonymousreply 28January 28, 2023 4:05 PM

Dolly is a great songwriter and has a pleasant singing tone but her voice is weak.

by Anonymousreply 29January 28, 2023 4:08 PM

Dolly's voice is weak, now. Here she is in ~ 2015 singing live, Little Sparrow.

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by Anonymousreply 30January 28, 2023 5:25 PM

Meant to say that Dolly did have a very strong voice, even into her older age.

by Anonymousreply 31January 28, 2023 5:25 PM

I thought "Fancy" (Reba) was a DL fave.

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by Anonymousreply 32January 28, 2023 5:28 PM

Pam Tillis and Wynonna, their voices held up the best.

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by Anonymousreply 33January 28, 2023 5:30 PM


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by Anonymousreply 34January 28, 2023 5:31 PM

Patsy- rich, fat naturally powerful voice with all manner of vocal shading. I put in a category with Aretha, Judy and Barbra- perfect storm of vocal gifts and musical artistry.

by Anonymousreply 35January 28, 2023 5:32 PM

Gretchen Wilson.

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by Anonymousreply 36January 28, 2023 5:35 PM

R36 Repug cunt

by Anonymousreply 37January 28, 2023 5:35 PM

Reba is very showy with little subtlety, that’s why she was perfect for Broadway.

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by Anonymousreply 38January 28, 2023 5:37 PM

Reba’s song about HIV/AIDS almost got her cancelled by conservatives in country, her next album’s sales slipped by half. It brought great awareness and a different perspective to the disease. Definitely was an uncomfortable song at the time to hear. I think the song had a profound effect on thoughts about it.

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by Anonymousreply 39January 28, 2023 5:43 PM

Fancy was not Reba's song; it was written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry in the late 60's.

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by Anonymousreply 40January 28, 2023 7:14 PM

Thanks, R40, didn't know that.

by Anonymousreply 41January 28, 2023 7:17 PM

The first version of Fancy I heard was Lynn Anderson's. My parents had this album.

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by Anonymousreply 42January 28, 2023 7:21 PM

Reba's Fancy is the best.

by Anonymousreply 43January 28, 2023 7:22 PM

Say what you will of her voice, no country female past or present comes close to her as an entertainer. I know quite a few queens who begrudgingly tagged along to one of her concerts in the 90s and left a fan.

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by Anonymousreply 44January 28, 2023 7:29 PM

Miranda Lambert doesn't have the years that everyone else does on the list. However give her another decade or two.

by Anonymousreply 45January 28, 2023 7:35 PM

Nobody can sing a fucking story like Dolly Parton.

Extra points for being the songwriter of most of her work, including this.

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by Anonymousreply 46January 28, 2023 7:42 PM

R45 Miranda is turning into some fat, small town, busybody hedgehog

Her affected twang is okay in doses, she has zero stage presence

by Anonymousreply 47January 28, 2023 7:47 PM

Lee Ann Womack has a beautiful country voice. Here she is, singing "The Grand Tour" at the Opry, George Jones tribute (he's in the audience).

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by Anonymousreply 48January 28, 2023 7:50 PM

Does LeeAnn Rimes even sing country any more? She has a gorgeous, incredibly versatile voice.

by Anonymousreply 49January 28, 2023 7:59 PM

I always thought Barbara Mandrell had a great soulful country sound. Too bad she went all Christian. She could sing about whorin’’ around with the best of them!

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by Anonymousreply 50January 28, 2023 8:12 PM

Bobbie Gentry had a velvety, sensuous voice best appreciated on some of the slow, intimate tracks she recorded.

Her sound wasn’t exactly pure country, but her songwriting captured the gothic aspects of the Deep South so fantastically that she deserves for more accolades than she’s gotten in the genre.

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by Anonymousreply 51January 28, 2023 8:33 PM

Beautiful song, r51. I love Bobbie Gentry and remain intrigued by her sudden departure and continued ability to happily live outside the spotlight.

by Anonymousreply 52January 28, 2023 8:49 PM

There was a deliberate attempt, beginning in the late 1950s, to make country music that was slicker and more pop-oriented. Gone were the fiddles and pedal steel guitars, replaced by piano, swirling strings, and background vocal choirs. This became a subgenre known as the Nashville Sound. In the ‘60s, it evolved into the Countrypolitan style, an even more overtly country-pop sound.

Patsy Cline is probably the most famous example of the Nashville Sound, which is why some have commented that her music sounds indistinguishable from, for instance, Connie Francis. There was a lot of overlap between Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan and adult pop/easy listening music of the 1950s and ‘60s.

by Anonymousreply 53January 28, 2023 9:35 PM

R49 for the most part Leann Rimes doesn't make country music anymore. It's been about ten years. She's gone down a lot of interesting musical paths. If she had stayed singing country she might have ended up on the list. There's her pre Eddie career and her post Eddie career.

by Anonymousreply 54February 5, 2023 12:31 PM

r49 I will always love this

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by Anonymousreply 55February 5, 2023 4:21 PM
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