Can You Name These Iconic Female Country Singers?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Country music has been around for almost a century now. It originated in the south of the United States in the early '20s and is now more popular than ever, despite the other genres of music available. Country has its roots in blues and folk music, and it's known for its harmonies and the use of lots of string instruments like the guitar. Also known as country and western, or simply western, the genre was the most listened to during rush hour just a few short years ago. What was once sung predominantly by men has been invaded by the women, and they've made the music that much more amazing. 

But do you know the women who have made and continue to make this genre great? Would you be able to identify Dolly Parton, Laura Lynch, Kitty Wells and Shania Twain if we showed you pictures? Would you be able to correctly match the picture to the country singer's name? The only way to find out is to take this musical quiz.

Are you ready to show us that you know who these talented women are? Or should you just stick to pop music? Let's go ahead and find out! 

This famous country singer rose to prominence in the 1970s. Dolly is one of the most influential country artists of all time, who was also able to enjoy a successful career in acting. She appeared in the 1980 film "9 to 5."

Loretta Lynn, born in 1932, has enjoyed a successful country music career, spanning several decades. This award-winning singer won her first Grammy in 1971 and her hit song, "Coal Miner's Daughter" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Miranda Lambert is a Texas-born country singer and the ex-wife of male country artist Blake Shelton. Her 2014 album, "Platinum," won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album.

Reba McEntire, also known as the "Queen of Country," has sold more than 70 million records worldwide and has more than 15 platinum albums. She has also starred in her own hit show, "Reba," which premiered in 2001.

This "American Idol" winner is known for her hit singles "Before He Cheats" and "Jesus Take the Wheel." Carrie Underwood's 2005 debut album, "Some Hearts," is the #1 best selling country album of 2006 and 2007.

Patsy Cline enjoyed a brief but successful career as an artist when she released her 1957 hit single, "Walking after Midnight." In 1963, 30-year-old Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in Tennessee.

Tammy is regarded as the "First Lady of Country Music" and an influential artist who paved the way for upcoming singers. Her signature song, "Stand by Your Man," is one of the many records she released before her death in 1998.

Canadian born Eilleen Regina Edwards, now known as Shania Twain, is one of the world's leading female artists. As of 2017, her 1997 album "Come on Over" sold nearly 40 million copies.

Kitty Wells became famous when her 1952 record, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," was a hit. She was already 33 years old and ready to quit the industry. Kitty then became the ultimate female country star and an idol to women everywhere.

Faith Hill is a successful artist who has won several Grammy and Academy of Country Music Awards. She has also worked alongside her husband, Tim McGraw, and together the power couple won the 2006 Grammy Award for "Like We Never Loved at All."

Natalie Maines has served as the lead vocalist of the country music band, Dixie Chicks, which rose to prominence in the late nineties to early 2000s. Her unsavory comments about President George Bush led to the band's downfall.

Barbara Mandrell was a very successful artist in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2009, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was honored by the Country Music Association as Entertainer of the Year in 1980 and 1981.

Emmylou Harris is known for her soulful voice and unique persona. As of 2018, she has been nominated for 47 Grammys, won 13 and has been inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame.

Trisha's 1991 single "She's in Love with the Boy" launched her music career, and, she experienced continued success throughout the years. Yearwood's self-titled debut album sold over a million copies, and she became the first female country singer to achieve this accolade.

In 2000, Womack released what is now referred to as her signature song, "I Hope You Dance," which peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Country Chart. This award-winning artist went on to release several other albums.

Alison Krauss has been nominated for 42 Grammy awards and has won a commendable 27 of these awards. Krauss has also made history, as a female artist who has won the most Grammy awards.

Martina McBride is a four-time winner of the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year and also been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards. Martina is known for her records "The Time Has Come" and "Independence Day."

Tanya is a country music child star who debuted with her single "What's Your Mama's Name," in 1973. Since then, she has released many hit songs including "It's a Little Too Late," as well as "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane."

This legendary country singer, Connie Smith, launched her career decades ago in 1963. Since then, she has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards and released several hit records.

Naomi Judd is a singer, actress and author. In 2016, Naomi admitted to her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, and has since released a novel entitled "River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope."

Laura Lynch was the lead singer of the country music band Dixie Chicks, before it achieved commercial success with the release of the album "Wide Open Spaces." Lynch has since left the Dixie Chicks.

Wynonna Judd is a country artist who was a member of the duo, The Judds, alongside her mother, Naomi Judd. After the duo's disbandment in the '90s, Wynonna launched her solo career and produced several singles that scored No. 1 on U.S. charts.

"Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue" is a 1977 hit song by Crystal Gayle that scored second on the Billboard's Hot 100. The following year, Gayle was awarded the Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards.

Sara Evans is a country music star that has collaborated with many other artists and produced award-winning albums. Her 1998 album, "No Place That Far," featured her remarkable duet with Vince Gill and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Linda is an award-winning singer who has released over 20 studio albums and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2013, Linda went public and admitted that she suffers from Parkinson's disease which has affected her vocal cords and her ability to sing.

Gretchen released her first album in 2004, and she has enjoyed a successful career thus far. Her debut song, "Redneck Woman," was a number one hit on the country Billboard and earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Rosanne Cash is well known for her 1981 hit "Seven Year Ache" which was the first track off her album and her first No. 1 single. Rosanne is the daughter of world-renowned artist, Johnny Cash.

Kacey Musgraves is no stranger to the spotlight; she appeared in Season 5 of the reality show "Nashville Star" and placed seventh. She has released many albums, three of which were self-released. "Golden Hour," was released in 2018.

Anne Murray's 1983 album "A Little Good News" won Album of the Year, and she became the first female solo artist to do so. In 2009, Anne released a memoir entitled "All of Me," which details her affair with a married man and her harrowing experience with a stalker.

In 1996, Rimes debut album "Blue" was released and launched her into stardom. Rimes, a teenager at the time, became the youngest individual to win a Grammy when she won the award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Patty has been a major success since launching her musical career in the late '90s. Her songs, "Lonely Too Long," "Timber I'm Falling in Love" and "You Can Feel Bad," are some of her hit songs that have scored No. 1 in the Billboard Hot Country songs list.

Taylor Swift is a country artist who has written many of her most popular records, such as "Our Song," "You Belong with Me" and "Blank Space." This young artist has had 31 Grammy nominations and won 10 of these awards.

Dottie West launched her career in the 1960s, with hits such as "Here Comes My Baby Back Again." On September 4th, 1991, the life and career of 58-year-old Dottie was cut short when she died from injuries she sustained in a car accident days prior.

Carpenter's 1992 album, "Come On Come On," is one of her most successful works. In 2018, she released a new album, "Sometimes Just the Sky," and announced that she would begin her tour in the summer.

K.T. Oslin is known for her sexualized songs and her 1987 hit, "80's Ladies," which is about three middle-aged women. Currently, Oslin maintains a low profile away from the spotlight.

Wanda Jackson was a force to be reckoned with in the 1950s and '60s. She was once nicknamed Country Music's First Sex Symbol, due to her sexy outfits, and also called "First Lady of Rockabilly.

In 1988, Kathy Mattea released what would become one of her biggest records - "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses." Her 1986 song "'Love at the Five and Dime" was also a success and the first single from her album "Walk the Way the Wind Blows."

In 2000, Tillis was inducted into country music's prestigious Grand Ole Opry. Pat is the daughter of music legend, Mel Tillis.

"Rose Garden" is a 1970 record sung by Lynn Anderson that received worldwide acclaim and ascended to the top of Billboard's country chart for several weeks. In 2015, the legendary Anderson died after suffering from a heart attack.

Kelsea is a country pop singer who happens to be a songwriter as well. She released her first album, entitled "The First Time," back in 2015, with her second album following two years after. In 2017, she was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best New Artist category.

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