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Country music may have a reputation for cheating songs, but history has proven that it is also fertile ground for strong female singers and their stories. Kitty Wells rebuffed the claim that women are to blame for cheating husbands with her 1952 hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” Jeannie C. Riley took on judgmental hypocrites in the 1968 song “Harper Valley PTA,” and Loretta Lynn caused controversy with her 1975 tune “The Pill” about the benefits of birth control. While a single song can cause a stir, here’s a look at a few of the fiercest female albums of all time.
Loretta Lynn // You Ain’t Woman Enough
In 1966, Loretta Lynn was a superstar with something to say: keep your hands off my man. The record’s lead single, “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” became one of the most legendary songs in country music, but it wasn’t the only strong female tune on the project, which also including the cheating song, “A Man I Hardly Know,” and the legendary kiss-off tune “These Boots Are Made for Walking.”
Miranda Lambert // Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
In her second major label album, Mrs. Blake Shelton shot an abusive significant other in “Gunpowder and Lead,” went a little crazy on an ex’s new flame in the title track and professed the positives of life outside of the spotlight in “Famous in a Small Town.”
Dolly Parton // Jolene
It takes guts to fight for your man, especially when he’s in love with “Jolene” as Dolly Parton experienced in her 1973 album. While her career has been fueled by fiery tunes, Jolene includes a few of her best, including the breakup song, “I Will Always Love You,” which was later recorded by Whitney Houston for The Bodyguard soundtrack.
SHeDaisy // The Whole SHeBANG
In 1999, the Osborn sisters left an ungrateful other-half with a list of hysterical “Little Goodbyes,” they explained to a potential suitor what they would and wouldn’t do in a relationship in “I Will … But,” and they called out another ex who accused them of having multiple personalities in “Lucky 4 You (Tonight I’m Just Me).”
Shania Twain // Come on Over
Shania Twain had hit her stride by 1997 when she released Come on Over, which has been certified two-times Diamond by the RIAA for selling more than 17 million copies. It was fueled by girl power tunes “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Come on Over.” It even included some last love songs like “From This Moment” and “You’re Still the One.”
Pistol Annies // Hell on Heels
Miranda Lambert paired her feisty views with the like-minded Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to create the Pistol Annies in 2011. Their debut album included a word of warning to men with the title track, an anthem for those who take the road less travelled in “Bad Example” and the tale of a different kind of desperate homemaker in “The Housewife’s Prayer.”
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