Some of the most popular songs by female country artists include Patsy Cline���s ���Crazy,��� Dolly Parton���s ���Jolene��� and Tammy Wynette���s ���Stand By Your Man.��� These influential songs rank as some of the most popular country compositions of all time.Continue Reading
Patsy Cline���s hit ���Crazy��� is one of the popular singer���s biggest hits and a staple of country music, covered by countless artists since Cline���s original version emerged in 1961. Cline picked up the song from her husband Charlie Dick, a Willie Nelson disciple who showed her a demo of Nelson performing the song. Although she initially deemed it too slow and unflattering, Cline recorded her iconic vocals in a single take, and the song eventually became synonymous with her brand of sultry, soulful country.
Dolly Parton���s 1973 hit ���Jolene��� ranks as one of her most popular songs, a somber assertion of vulnerability that is unique for the powerful, confident Parton. The song���s inspiration emerged as Parton watched her husband flirting with a bank teller, and ���Jolene��� takes the form of a heartfelt ballad in which Parton begs the eponymous woman not to take her man.
Tammy Wynette���s ���Stand By Your Man��� has only grown more controversial since its release in 1968, but the song is still a landmark of country music. Wynette���s powerful voice combines with Billy Sherrill���s elaborate production to create an ode to fidelity and family values. While the song���s message still receives criticism from feminists, it remains Wynette���s best-known hit.Learn more about Art & Literature