There’s something about live performances of your favorite songs that just bring them to life. It’s no surprise that a tradition of strong female country singers has a tradition of strong live performances. We’ve scoured the Internet for the best and most emotional performances of some of the greatest female country artists.
So sit back, relax, and press play on a few of these great performances.
Tammy Wynette // “Stand By Your Man” // Grand Ole Opry
Tammy’s voice is one that cannot be rivaled – and it shows in this stoic, almost statuesque version of “Stand By Your Man” at the Grand Ole Opry.
Dolly Parton // “I Will Always Love You” // Grand Ole Opry, 1974
The actual Country Queen, Dolly, performing one of her most famous hits. Her curls are actually perfect and her voice is flawless. It’s performances like this that can leave a legacy – and obviously it did for Dolly.
The Judds // “Rockin’ With The Rhythm” // Celebration Of Country Music, 1988
With an introduction from a young-ish Willie Nelson, The Judds take the stage with an incredible presence and even more incredible costumes. Check out that suit on Wynonna!
Reba McEntire // “Fancy” // Live Concert Special, 1995
Faith Hill // “It Matters To Me” // When The Lights Go Down TV Special, 2002
I would be remiss to have a list like this and not include Faith Hill. She was a giant in country music during the 1990s and into the 2000s. This version of “It Matters To Me” was filmed for her made-for-TV special and it showcases her voice so well.
Shania Twain // “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” // SuperBowl, 2003
The last female country artist to headline at the Super Bowl, Shania puts on a show. From her costume, to her energy, I couldn’t take my eyes off this video. That necklace, though. If you want to see Shania live for the last time, she’s just released information about her farewell tour.
Dixie Chicks // “Landslide” // 2003
The emotions are free flowing in this video. Dixie Chicks covered Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to much acclaim, and you can see why with this video. The song means a lot to a lot of people- and the Chicks do it justice.
Kacey Musgraves // “Follow Your Arrow” // Grand Ole Opry, 2014
Who doesn’t love Kacey Musgraves? This performance of her breakout hit reminds me of those stand-and-sing performers of the past- especially Loretta Lynn. This performance was just a prelude to several memorable performances from Kacey since she came into the country music scene.
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood // “Somethin’ Bad” // CMA Music Festival, 2014
When you pair up these two country powerhouses, something amazing (or bad) happens. They compliment each other on stage and sound amazing.