July 2, 2008
Usually I link to a news article or feature to get the discussion going, but I’m going to use today’s open thread to thank all of the readers here, old and new, who took such an interest in the 100 Greatest Women feature. Early on in the process, I felt I had bit off more than I could chew, but the frequent comments and spirited debates kept me on track. I couldn’t get too active on the comment threads because there was always another entry to write, but boy, did I enjoy reading them!
I understand how the countdown element of it led to more negative comments than I would’ve liked, as people focused sometimes on reasons why an artist shouldn’t be as high as they were. That’s an unavoidable byproduct of a list like this. For the most part, though, there seemed to be a real appreciation for the amount of work that went into the feature. The rankings are meaningless in the end, I think, and the value is that there’s now one place to learn a lot about the women in country music and their individual contributions.
Yes, for those who have asked, there will be a 100 Greatest Men feature, but it won’t be starting today or tomorrow. Perhaps not even in July. But I hope all of you stick around and keep talking about country music. I’m quite happy with the community element that the site has taken on over the past few months!
In the meantime, here’s a clip of three of the top five ladies, for your afternoon pleasure: