Ten years ago, Country Universe ranked the 100 Greatest Women in country music history.
This March, we will do it again, adjusting the rankings to reflect new music released in the past ten years, both in terms of the artists who have been active during that time, and how the newest work has been influenced by the women who came before. The full ballot of artists under consideration will be posted this week, along with each artist’s 2008 rankings (if applicable) and their work released in the decade since that list was published.
But there’s more! Alongside the reveal of the new top 100 will be extensive additional features focused on the women of country music, including:
- Thought pieces on country music trends, including “How Lari White was the Canary in the Coal Mine for Women in Country Music,” and “Kelsea Ballerini’s #TBT Mixtape Exemplifies the Disconnect Between Country Music’s Past and Present”
- 2028 Preview: Today’s Up and Coming Female Artists
- Behind the Scenes: Business Women Who Helped Shape Country Music at Labels, Publishing Houses, and Country Music Organizations
- The Country Music Canon: A new series that makes the case for singles and albums being essential to the country music canon
- Retrospective: A new musical biography series that tells the story of a legendary artist through their singles and albums. First up: Olivia Newton-John
- New and Revised for 2018 Entries in our Favorite Songs By Favorite Artists, Favorite Songs By Favorite Songwriters, Retro Single Reviews, and Starter Kit series
If this seems like a tremendous amount of retrospective content on its way, there’s a reason for that. The revisiting of our most significant historical feature will also mark a new era for Country Universe, as we move toward focusing primarily on historical content and move away from focusing on new music. We will still do occasional single and album reviews, as well as year-end lists and awards show predictions and picks. But as a team, we have all grown less connected to what mainstream country has become, and we simply have more interest in preserving the rich legacy of country music than we do in documenting that legacy’s destruction.
We hope our readers will join us as we embark on this journey. As always, your feedback is welcome!