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.
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.