In the past couple of years, we’ve heard a lot about the lack of women on country radio. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have mostly dominated the charts as solo female artists until recently when we started hearing more and more from country ingénues like Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris. It hasn’t always been this way, though.
Back in the ’90s, one of our favorite eras of country music, women were all over the country road. In fact, on a recent journey down that road, as we were picking our favorite ’90s hits, we called out a few of our favorite females.
We’re going to tell you who those lovely ladies are, but you’ll have to watch the video as our Rare Country’s 5 host, Erin Holt, reveals those songs you know by heart.
No list from any decade in the past three would be complete without Ms. Reba McEntire occupying a spot. And when it comes to creating magic in her live shows, Reba is truly the queen, but in the 1990s, she had a spotlight moment with one special song that had the crowds roar with delight. Hint: “To thine own self be true.”
She has one of the best female voices in the history of country music and music in general. The sheer vocal power she possesses belies her diminutive stature, but when Martina McBride released this powerful anthem, we realized what she was truly capable of, and it blew our minds. Martina has released several songs that empower women, but this one set the bar high and is often considered her signature hit. Hint: “I ain’t saying it’s right or it’s wrong.”
Way back before she was Mrs. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood was a successful solo female artist. And she didn’t play around with getting started on that road to success. She broke out of the gate with a debut No. 1. Her crystal clear vocals have made her an in-demand duet partner with artists like Garth, Josh Turner, Don Henley, Kelly Clarkson and Aaron Neville. But this chart-topper, it was all Trisha. Hint: “He was wrong and honey you are, too.”
When it comes to setting a trend, Shania Twain was not afraid. In addition to making it OK to bare your belly, Shania was also fearless when it came to pushing the envelope in regards to the messages in some of her songs. This snappy tune that is responsible for putting her on the American map was unique in that it was as popular for it’s singalong ending as it was for it’s romping chorus. Hint: “I need a man who knows.”
The true test of a signature hit is when just a few opening notes can make listeners heave a sigh of contentment, and we’ve witnessed this Deana Carter smash doing exactly that. It isn’t likely that Deana knew what she had when she released this coming-of-age hit, but after singing it at every performance for the past 20 years, she knows now. Coincidentally, this song is a true story from writer Maraca Berg. Hint: “There’s nothing time hasn’t touched.”