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Country music is timeless. Dolly Parton , Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire —the list of stars worthy of karaoke nights , campfire singalongs, and parking lot parties goes on and on. Many fans love the classic country songs , but there's no denying how great the "newer" hits are from the past decade by artists like Carrie Underwood , Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan. But it's time to say goodbye to the s and hello to the roarin' 20s! Whether you're in need of a new driving playlist or just want some girl power jams for your next gals' get-together, these are the best country songs of so far. Though some were admittedly released in , they are all part of forthcoming or rumored albums releasing in the coming months. Expect some hits from familiar names like Kelsea Ballerini and Little Big Town in your future, but keep your eyes peeled for newcomers like Tenille Arts, too. The meaningful lyrics, fresh perspective, and fun, catchy rhythms are perfect for every mood and occasion, from tailgating to barbecues to summer drives down the dirt road. You'll want to add all of these to your playlist of summer country songs. In the meantime, jam out to her most recent set of singles, "homecoming queen?
Updated: check out our list of the best female country solo artists of ! Here are the best female country singers of , ranked by fans everywhere. Who are the top female country artists of ? Which names are in competition to become the genre's next reigning cow-girl? Whether they're American, Canadian, or from elsewhere in the world doesn't matter; the country these artists are from is less important than the quality of the country songs that come from them. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in
Purists recoiled and history was made as Shania ushered in a new generation of female country singers. Shania kicked the doors open for a wide range of female country singers, with some joining her in the pop-rock crossover, but others working in a more traditional vein. Musgraves proved her place in the country cannon, releasing the instant classic and Grammy-winning Golden Hour in to critical acclaim and continuing the evolution of country-pop. Carrie Underwood was among the biggest female country singers to emerge in the post-Shania world, graduating from American Idol to mainstream success. Underwood has reemerged to reclaim her rightful spot at the top of the country charts with her best-selling album Cry Pretty in It begins as a joyful and lo-fi family singalong, and the voices keep rising as the bigger production gradually kicks in. It bears out the influence of gospel on modern country, and shows what a glorious harmony singer Scott can be. Her full-length debut, due later this year, could be a game-changer for a new generation of female country singers.