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No. 19: Connie Smith – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Connie Smith makes country music look easy.

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No. 20: The Judds – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Grammy's, ACM and CMA Awards and a rarely interrupted, five-year stretch of No. 1 hits guarantee the Judds a spot on this list of country music's most powerful women. Their personal story of perseverance is what's most impressive.

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No. 21: Crystal Gayle – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Before there was Carrie Underwood, there was Crystal Gayle. Her role in paving the way for other country females lands her at No. 21 on Taste of Country's list of the Country Music's Most Powerful Women of All Time.

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No. 22: Sara Evans – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Sara Evans was one of country music's dominant female singers for nearly a decade beginning in 1998. The sheer strength of her voice makes her a lock for this list of country music's most powerful women.

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No. 23: Linda Ronstadt – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Linda Ronstadt was one of the first true multi-genre female superstars, and her impact on country music is so great that she ranks No. 23 on Taste of Country's list of Country Music's Most Powerful Women of All Time.

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No. 24: Gretchen Wilson – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

It's fair to wonder, without Gretchen Wilson, does Miranda Lambert's music thrive?

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No. 25: Rosanne Cash – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Rosanne Cash landed at No. 25 in Taste of Country's Most Powerful Women of All Time list due to a mix of her singing, songwriting and overall artistry in a career that spans decades and has seen her wander around freely between styles.

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No. 26: Kacey Musgraves – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Kacey Musgraves makes this list of great country women because she was a powerful influencer at a time that one was sorely needed.

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No. 27: Anne Murray – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Anne Murray, artist No. 27 on this list of country music's most powerful women, was a perennial Female Vocalist of the Year nominee known for a rich voice particularly well suited to romantic numbers.

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No. 28: LeAnn Rimes – Country’s Most Powerful Women of All Time

Those who didn't live it may find it difficult to understand the excitement around then 14-year-old LeAnn Rimes when she debuted with "Blue."

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