Remarkably Wealthy Women of Country Music, Ranked
Many amazing country female artists have influenced generations of fans with their music. These artists offer a mix of talent, charm, beauty and power, and those who are wise stay on their good side. These ladies know how to write a good revenge song just as well as a love song!
From the very beginning, women have been at the forefront of country music, and they continue to inspire listeners as the years pass. Take a look at some of the greatest female country stars throughout history. Which one is your favorite?
31. Tammy Wynette | $900 thousand
You can’t mention influential female country music artists without including Tammy Wynette. The vocalist had an impressive resume in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including her duets with her then-husband George Jones and her own solo career. Wynette was a force to be reckoned with in no uncertain terms.
30. Jana Kramer | $2 million
After her stint on The WB's beloved drama One Tree Hill, Jana Kramer used her popularity to launch a career in music. Although she's often first thought of as a successful TV actress and personality — thanks to roles on Entourage and Dancing With the Stars — Kramer's real passion lies in music. All things considered, she hasn't done too bad as a multi-hyphenate.
29. Gretchen Wilson | $5.5 million
One of the leading female country artists of the early 2000s, Gretchen Wilson rose to fame with her 2004 Grammy-winning hit single "Redneck Woman." She released many other powerful singles, including "Here for the Party" and "All Jacked Up."
28. Kelsea Ballerini | $6 million
One of the more recent names on our list, Kelsea Ballerini has made a name for herself since 2014 and her hit single "Love Me Like You Mean It." She was the first female country artist since Wynonna Judd to have her first three singles each reach the top of the charts.
27. Connie Smith | $8 million
Every description of Connie Smith begins with remarks about her radiant voice. The respected star of the Grand Ole Opry rose to fame in 1965 with her song "Once a Day." It became the first single by a female country artist to reach No. 1 on the country music charts.
26. Kacey Musgraves | $10 million
Kacey Musgraves is a powerful influencer who has a knack for mixing traditional country themes with pop melodies. Fans of both genres appreciate her work, and critics argue that her talented songwriting skills are the reason for her success as well as her sharp, catchy vocals.
25. Crystal Gayle | $10 million
It’s never easy being in the same industry as your older sibling — especially when that sibling is Loretta Lynn. However, for Crystal Gayle, she made a name for herself in the 1970s. She originally started in the background of her sister’s band, but then she emerged as a solo artist.
24. LeAnn Rimes | $10 million
In 1996, at just 13 years old, LeAnn Rimes became the youngest country singer since Tanya Tucker to become a music sensation. Her debut album, Blue, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and she became a household name. People fell head over heels in love with her.
23. Rosanne Cash | $10 million
Considering she’s the eldest daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash, it shouldn’t be that surprising that Rosanne Cash inherited some monster talent. With a mix of singing, songwriting and overall artistry, her career (most famous in the 1980s) has spanned several decades.
22. Patsy Cline | $10 million
Patsy Cline was just 32 years old when she tragically died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963. Despite her short life, she managed to accomplish a pioneering career in country music. Her legacy is compared to that of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and many other icons.
21. Patty Loveless | $14 million
You probably know Patty Loveless’ cousin, Loretta Lynn. With a cousin like that, Loveless undoubtedly had country music in her veins. Her music ruled the country music charts for more than a decade, and her country music records have influenced fans since her 1994 album, When the Fallen Angels Fly.
20. Emmylou Harris | $15 million
Emmylou Harris may have started out as Gram Parsons’ vocal partner in the 1970s, but she gained international success in her solo career. The country-folk queen released many hit singles, including "Beneath Still Waters" and "Two More Bottles of Wine."
19. Sara Evans | $16 million
Sara Evans’ powerful voice led her to be one of the most influential female country music artists of the early 2000s. With eight studio albums and multiple pop and country crossover hit singles, including "A Little Bit Stronger," Evans’ music always connects with fans of all ages.
18. Alison Krauss | $16 million
Bluegrass fans know Alison Krauss, but there’s more to her than her angel-like voice. The most-awarded female artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, Krauss impressed fans with her unforgettable songs. This includes "When You Say Nothing at All," "Down to the River to Pray" and "Whiskey Lullaby."
17. Lee Ann Womack | $20 million
You can probably still sing all the words to Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 hit single "I Hope You Dance." As a contemporary artist, her honky-tonk music closely resembles that of Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. Popular singles include "The Fool and "Never Again, Again."
16. June Carter Cash | $20 million
June Carter Cash had a successful country music career before she met her famous husband, Johnny Cash. A member of the Carter Family, she began performing music when she was just a child. Country music’s anthem "Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)" was made famous by the family.
15. Wynonna Judd (The Judds) | $25 million
Today’s country music scene knows the female country music duo Maddie & Tae, but long before them, mother-daughter duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd dominated the music charts. Between 1983 and 1991, the Judds had numerous No. 1 hits, including "Grandpa," "Mama He’s Crazy," "Girls Night Out" and "Why Not Me."
14. Martina McBride | $38 million
Martina McBride is a powerhouse vocalist, and she’s not afraid to sing about anything. Her hit singles tackle topics like abuse ("Independence Day"), poverty ("Love’s the Only House") and cancer ("I’m Gonna Love You Through It"). Because of these brave songs, McBride continues to influence audiences.
13. Trish Yearwood | $40 million
Before Trisha Yearwood took center stage at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1990s, she worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1992, she released her hit album Hearts in Armor, which included her iconic single "She’s in Love with the Boy."
12. Barbara Mandrell | $45 million
Barbara Mandrell was one of the most popular voices in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The first performer to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award twice, Mandrell’s success spanned many genres, making her a well-deserved celebrated artist.
11. Miranda Lambert | $45 million
Miranda Lambert is one of the most popular female country music artists of today’s generation. With successful hit singles, including "Gunpowder and Lead," "Mama’s Broken Heart" and "White Liar," Lambert will one day be remembered as being as iconic as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire.
10. Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks | $50 million
Natalie Maines may be the most well-known member of the Dixie Chicks, but certainly she was all the more influential thanks to the success of her all-women country music trio. The fearless women burst onto the music scene in 1998 and continued to produce No. 1 singles throughout the early 2000s.
9. Kitty Wells | $52 million
Kitty Wells was known as the first "real" female country music star in the early 1950s. She broke barriers with her hit single "It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Wells held the high distinction of being the first female country artist to top the U.S. country charts.
8. Carrie Underwood | $65 million
When you mention Miranda Lambert as an influential female country music artist, you also have to mention Carrie Underwood. After she won American Idol in 2005, she quickly rose to superstardom and is now one of country music’s most powerful female artists.
7. Loretta Lynn | $65 million
We can’t mention Patsy Cline without highlighting her best friend, Loretta Lynn. A female trailblazer of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Lynn wrote songs about her personal life, including "Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’" and her iconic single "Coal Miner’s Daughter." The song inspired the 1980 Academy Award-winning film Coal Miner’s Daughter.
6. Faith Hill | $80 million
Faith Hill is iconic simply because she’s Faith Hill. In the 1990s, she dominated female country music. Her debut 1993 album, Take Me as I Am, shot her to stardom, but it wasn’t until her 1998 hit single "This Kiss" that Hill became an international sensation.
5. Reba McEntire | $95 million
Just say "Reba" and everyone knows who you’re talking about. Reba McEntire’s dynamite career has defined country music for the past 40 years. The vocalist has racked up more than 30 No. 1 hits, including "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," "Does He Love You" and "I’m a Survivor."
4. Dottie West | $105 million
Dottie West was one of country music’s most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, she could be seen wearing her signature sequin jackets wherever she went. She’s known for many popular singles, including "Here Comes My Baby," "Country Sunshine" and "What Are We Doin’ in Love."
3. Taylor Swift | $360 million
Taylor Swift may have moved on to pop music, but she will always be remembered for her early career as a sensational country music artist. Her crossover music — appealing to country and pop fans — won countless awards, and Swift became known for openly writing about her personal life.
2. Shania Twain | $400 million
Shania Twain has had one of the most powerful careers in country music history. In the 1990s, you couldn’t help but sing along to her smash hits, including "You’re Still the One," "From This Moment On" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
1. Dolly Parton | $500 million
When people think of female country music stars, the first name that comes to mind is usually Dolly Parton. Her impressive, versatile career has spanned more than 50 years with numerous hit singles, including "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5."