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50 Greatest Women Songs – Part 3
30) When Will I Be Loved – Linda Ronstadt
Pop star Linda Ronstadt had a huge hit in country music with 1975’s When Will I Be Loved. The song reached the top of the country charts that year as well as reaching #2 on the pop chart. The Everly Brothers originally recorded and released the track, but it was Ronstandt’s song that captured the aching hearts of country fans everywhere. The song told the story of a cheated on lover feeling desperate and lonely. Country fans going through similar feelings were thinking “I wrote this country song…”
29) Honey, I’m Home – Shania Twain
In 1998, Shania Twain was the biggest female in country music. Her album Come On Over was a sensation, selling more copies than all previous country albums. The 5th single released in the US off the album was the fun song Honey I’m Home. The song was a proclamation for women as they sought out some understanding from the men in their lives. Too many times guys come home and just want a beer and a few minutes in front of the TV, but roles need to be reversed once and a while. Shania reminded the guys out there that women work hard all day too.
28) Two More Bottles Of Wine – Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris released Two More Bottles of Wine in 1978 and it became a #1 hit. The song is a classic now in country music. The song is about being left by a lover, but feeling not too bad because there is plenty of wine to wash the sorrows away. For better or worse, folks have a drink or perhaps a few too many when feeling let down, but Emmylou helped put a positive spin on things. She connected with an audience that was feeling let down and I’m sure it helped a few ladies get by. It’s a great help to know that you’re not the only one feeling down. Songs like Two More Bottles of Wine can be great therapy.
27) Is There Life Out There – Reba McEntire
In 1992, Reba McEntire had a huge #1 hit with the song Is There Life Out There. The song and the video received major airplay as fans connected with the story and the passionate vocals Reba put behind the lyrics. It’s common for women to look back at their busy lives and think about how things could be different if they made a few changes. It seems healthy to love the life you lead, but always want to improve things as well. And it’s also fine to get a little crazy every now and then. Life is too short to worry about consequences 100% of the time. Even just getting away and relaxing can make things seem great.
26) Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? – Shania Twain
For all successful artists there is one song that starts it all. For mega-star Shania Twain that song was 1995’s Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?. The song was catchy and fun and everybody – including guys – were loving it. The song introduced Shania to most of the world as it climbed just shy of the top ten on the country charts. The song’s impact has stood the test of time and is still a favorite Shania song among her millions of fans. Shania put a positive twist on a cheating situation and let all the guys know that women were going to stand up and ask some questions when it came to messing around. With more hooks than a tackle box, Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? is still a sing along classic when it comes on the radio in trucks across the country.
25) In Between Dances – Pam Tillis
It was the fifth and final single from her most successful album Sweetheart’s Dance, but Pam Tillis’ song In Between Dances had a major impact with female country fans. The song is about a lady sitting at a bar. She’s lonely since she’s recently gone through a breakup. Sometimes it takes awhile to get over someone you cared about so much. It’s hard to take that next step with someone new even if it’s just a dance. Will the next guy trust you? Will they care for you? It’s hard to trust again when someone lets you down. The song spoke to a lot of women in her audiences and Pam Tillis became a symbol of understanding as the song climbed into the top five in 1995. It was a major hit in ’95 and still is a favorite today.
24) Shut Up And Kiss Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
With a little sass and a little attitude, Mary Chapin Carpenter had another smash hit in 1994 when she told a guy to whisper to her Shut Up And Kiss Me. The song is kind of groovy and fun. It’s a unique sound on the radio still today and that’s why fans continue to love it so much. It’s impossible not to sing along in the car and tell the one next to you to just be quiet for a second and do some smooching. Mary Chapin Carpenter is still going at it today. She continues releasing new music while touring. Shut Up And Kiss Me is always a fan favorite.
23) The Fool – Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack’s The Fool must connect with women on a very personal level because I have met many that frequently cite this song as one of their favorite country song. The tune sees the narrator feeling a little down because she always falls in love with the guys she can’t really have. The song has a sad tone to it and nobody could sing it better than the classic country artist Lee Ann Womack. The Fool is simple in its storytelling and that’s likely one of the main reasons it connects with so many women across the country. For those that fall in love with someone that’s already taken, The Fool is your song.
22) Did I Shave My Legs For This – Deana Carter
By the time Deana Carter got around to releasing the title track to her career album Did I Shave My Legs for This? she had already had four huge hits including 3 number ones on the country charts. Everybody’s favorite girl next door hit the nail on every guy’s head with this tune about guys taking their women for granted. When a woman cleans the house, gets dressed up, and does everything else to please her man the least he could do is pay a little attention. Sometimes guys just don’t get it.
21) Girls Lie To – Terri Clark
It was a big surprise to guys out there, but when the women heard Terri Clark’s 2004 #1 hit Girls Lie Too made the women out there smile. The song is upbeat and a little tongue-in-cheek and that’s just how fans liked it. The song pokes fun at guys’ misconception that girls are always interested in what they have to say as well as always being impressed. The song is fun and a good reminder to all the guys out there that women like to get away with a few lies every once and awhile too…only for their own good of course. The song was a big hit and the Johnny Depp look alike didn’t hurt the video either for the ladies…
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