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50 Greatest Women Songs – Part 4
20) Five Minutes – Lorrie Morgan
Lorrie Morgan’s first #1 hit came in 1990. The song was Five Minutes. Lorrie declared that she was finally leaving the man that was under appreciating her and that he only had a mere five minutes to beg for forgiveness. It’s a common feeling among many. When the person your with doesn’t get it after awhile it’s time to pack your bags and move on to a better life. If they’re lucky you’ll give them one last chance like Lorrie did. The song was a big hit for Lorrie and she would go on to have many more throughout the ’90s.
19) 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton came up with the melody for her smash hit 9 to 5 while in between shots during the movie of the same name. The wonderfully cheery, beautiful and talented country artist started playing a little melody with her fake nails and the rhythm turned into 9 to 5. The song became a smash hit as did the movie. It was a #1 hit across the board on country and pop charts and further established Dolly as one of the greatest singer-songwriters in all of music – any genre. Today you can still catch women singing along to the catchy chorus as they do their jobs and get through the work day.
18) D-I-V-O-R-C-E – Tammy Wynette
Unfortunately, more than 50% of marriages end in divorce. Tammy Wynette took another approach to an all too popular occurrence in country music. The song spells out the words so the kids can’t understand exactly what’s going on…although most kids usually can pick up on the body language and the tension in a home coming apart. Tammy sang a sad song, but it was a powerful song that meant a lot to many that listened. Nobody could quite put the wane of emotion into a lyric and melody like the great Tammy Wynette.
17) I Saw The Light – Wynonna
In 1992 it was time for the daughter from the superstar duo The Judds to breakout on her own. Wynonna broke out in a huge way with her first album. The self titled album saw the first three singles go to #1 as the album sold 5 million copies. The second single from the album was I Saw The Light and it became one of Wynonna’s biggest solo singles. The song was about finding out that a loved one was cheating by looking through the window. Wynonna used the song’s clever double meaning to perfect and turned the song into a catchy smash hit. Women all over were singing along as they saw the light in their own relationships. The song remains a big hit with fans today.
16) Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter
Deana Carter and her team were a little hesitant about releasing a slow ballad about a young girl’s first experience with love, but the gamble paid off in a big way in 1996. That fall, Strawberry Wine reached out and connected with women everywhere and the song spent multiple weeks at the top of the charts in November. The song is about a young girl falling in love while spending time out on a rural farm. It’s a universal emotion and experience women go through and the waning slow melody captured the mood and experience perfectly. Deana’s down home, girl-next-door demeanor and sultry voice made the song a signature hit – one that fans will always remember.
15) She’s In Love With The Boy – Trisha Yearwood
In 1991, a young and powerful singer broke out onto the country music scene with a smash #1 hit. She’s In Love With The Boy became an instant signature song for Trisha Yearwood and set her on the path to superstardom. The song is about a young girl falling in love with a guy that her dad doesn’t think is quite right for her. The young guy is a little rough around the edges, but the daughter’s heart burns for him. It takes a little nudging reminder from the girl’s mom to remind dad that he was once exactly the same as the young boy their daughter now loves. All young girls fall in love for the first time once. Things usually work out on their own so it’s best for parents to remember to let nature take its course.
14) Fancy – Reba McEntire
In 1991, everybody’s favorite red head Reba McEntire recorded a Bobby Gentry song and turned it into what is perhaps the Reba’s most well-known tunes. The song was Fancy and as young girls began singing along to the catchy melody, parents everywhere were turning their ears to hear the story. The song was about a young girl, brought up in poverty that is prepared for a life of making the men happy as a way to get out of the humble beginning. Reba put emotion into the song that is unparalleled and women responded by requesting the song in hoards. Fancy remains one of Reba’s biggest and most fun songs to perform live. Generations of women sing along with every lyric – no matter what the story is about.
13) Wild One – Faith Hill
At the end of 1993, a fun song about an adventurous young girl was released and the world was introduced to America’s Sweetheart. Faith Hill was beautiful, talented, and fun and her debut single Wild One became an instant #1 hit on the country charts. When parents, especially dads tell their young girls they can grow up to be whatever they want it’s a powerful permission. The more adventurous girls are usually the ones that go onto to do great things in life. I’d imagine that Faith Hill was one of those adventurous girls and she put that feeling into every lyric in the tune. Women still sing along with every note when the song comes on the radio. It’s an anthem for aspiring young women and girls and likely will be forever.
12) Crazy – Patsy Cline
Possibly the women cited by most contemporaries as a major influence, Patsy Cline released her biggest hit in 1961. The song was written by the great Willie Nelson that same year as he struggled to find success in Nashville. The tune became a signature song for Patsy and remains so today. Patsy lost her life in 1963 when she died in a plane crash, but her unparalleled voice and delivery on her collection of hits including Crazy left a huge mark on country music. The song was a smash hit back then and remains heavily covered today as Patsy continues inspiring young female country singers today.
11) Jolene – Dolly Parton
You can never go wrong with writing a country song about cheating. Dolly Parton did just that when she asked the name of an autograph seeker – Jolene. Dolly turned the pretty name into a song about a woman cheating with her man and the attitude and sass in the song made it an instant hit on the charts. The song became another #1 in a collection of many for Dolly. Nobody could sing a song with emotion quite like Dolly. Fans almost feel as if Dolly was living every lyric. Dolly is a storyteller in her purest form and the story of Jolene is a classic in country music history.
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