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CMT Reveals Its List Of 40 Greatest Women In Country Music

CMT: Country Music Television has revealed its elite list of the "40 Greatest Women Of Country Music," which was selected by hundreds of artists, music historians, music journalists, and music industry professionals — looking at every aspect of what a great artist is — from her musically groundbreaking body of work to her overall contributions to the ever-changing world of country music.

The 40 "greatest women of country music" come from every corner of country music including the very roots of the genre. The list illustrates the enormous depth and variety that country music embodies. These 40 women have blazed trails on Broadway, in comedy, rock & roll, bluegrass, alternative country, film, and television — all while making indelible marks on the face and sound of country music.

The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, according to singers, songwriters, music critics and music industry professionals all over America, are (in alphabetical order):

Lynn Anderson

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Maybelle Carter

June Carter Cash

Roseanne Cash

Patsy Cline

Dixie Chicks

Dale Evans

Crystal Gayle

Emmylou Harris

Faith Hill

Wanda Jackson

The Judds

Alison Krauss

kd lang

Brenda Lee

Patty Loveless

Loretta Lynn

Barbara Mandrell

Martina McBride

Reba McEntire

Patsy Montana

Lorrie Morgan

Anne Murray

K.T. Oslin

Dolly Parton

Minnie Pearl

LeAnn Rimes

Linda Ronstadt

Connie Smith

Pam Tillis

Tanya Tucker

Shania Twain

Cindy Walker

Kitty Wells

Dottie West

Lucinda Williams

Lee Ann Womack

Tammy Wynette

Trisha Yearwood