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Girl Fight! Top 10 Catty Songs in Country Music

William Congreve, the same man who penned the immortal line now often paraphrased as “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” also wrote that “music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.” Written more than 300 years ago, those two lines nonetheless capture the spirit of some of country music’s best cat fights. Whether they’re issuing a strongly worded ultimatum or exacting retribution with verbal — if not actual — blows, these are The Boot’s 10 best girl fight songs of all time.

10

‘You Ain’t Woman Enough’
Loretta Lynn

Claws Out: “He took a second look at you / But he’s in love with me”

Loretta was well aware her husband had something of a wandering eye, but rather than confront him in song, she took the trash out all on her own, addressing the “dime a dozen” women who didn’t stand a chance of getting in between her and her man.

Loretta Lynn
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09

‘The Earrings Song’
Gretchen Wilson

Claws Out: “You’re causin’ an involuntary clenchin of the fingers on my hand / So honey move along and find a place to park yourself while you still can”

Nothing’s worse on an all-too-rare night out than having to mop the floor with a woman who won’t take her eyes off your man. We believe Gretchen when she says she “ain’t scared to break a nail.”

Gretchen Wilson
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08

‘Best Woman Wins’
Lorrie Morgan & Dolly Parton

Claws Out: “In love, as in war, all is fair / So a fight to the finish begins”

Two strong-willed women enmeshed in a love triangle are ready for a knock-down-drag-out brawl. While the bouncy tune sounds as if they’ll end up BFFs after the final bell, Mr. Right has his work cut out for him choosing between these two worthy adversaries.

Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton
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07

‘Jezebel’
Chely Wright

Claws Out: “Jezebel, save your charms / He’ll be back here in my arms / How quickly you forget, he’s not yours yet”

Sure, considering her 2010 coming-out, Chely may want to change the pronouns in this song, but the fight-to-the-death message remains unchanged. She gets gussied up to lure her guy away from the evil Jezebel, promising to “fight for love until the death.”

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06

‘Only Prettier’
Miranda Lambert

Claws Out: “I’ll keep drinkin’, you’ll keep gettin’ skinnier / I’m just like you, only prettier”

Proving mighty powerful things often come in small packages, Miranda admits she’s got “a mouth like a sailor,” then seeks common ground by charming her adversary with one hilarious whopper of a back-handed compliment.

Miranda Lambert
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05

‘Jolene’
Dolly Parton

Claws Out:“You could have your choice of men but I could never love again / He’s the only one for me, Jolene”

Sounding as fragile as only she could, Dolly vividly describes Jolene’s beauty without ever resorting to name-calling or threats. But by the end of the song, it’s not hard to imagine those bright red press-on nails getting ready to do some serious damage.

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04

‘I’ll Think of a Reason Later’
Lee Ann Womack

Claws Out: “A regular Nobel Peace Prize winner / But I really hate her, I’ll think of a reason later”

Lee Ann turns her rival’s wedding announcement into a Sunday comic strip by blacking out the future bride’s front tooth in the photo. No harm done by her marker, of course, but she’s most likely imagining using her fist to knock out said tooth.

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03

‘Does He Love You’
Reba McEntire & Linda Davis

Claws Out: “Does he whisper of his fantasies / Does he love you like he’s been lovin’ me?”

Although they’re asking each other the same question, the answer is anything but simple for these dueling divas. One’s married to the guy, and one’s the “other woman,” but even they don’t seem to be sure which is which — or where they’ll stand by the time the whole mess is over. The dramatic music video, however, offers an explosive answer.

Reba McEntire, Linda Davis
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02

‘Better Than Revenge’
Taylor Swift

Claws Out: “Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys on the playground won’t make you many friends”

Illustrating the point that words can be an incredibly powerful weapon, Taylor sums up her songwriting prowess in eight simple words: “there is nothing I do better than revenge.” This song is rumored to be about a real-life actress “better known for the things that she does on the mattress.”

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01

‘Fist City’
Loretta Lynn

Claws Out: “The man I love, when he picks up trash, he puts it in a garbage can / And that’s what a you look like to me and what I see’s a pity”

There’s a good reason the coal miner’s daughter bookends our countdown. Loretta puts up her dukes, landing another knockout blow in the battle over her man. Unafraid to exit the ring with a clump of her rival’s hair in hand, Loretta puts trashy women — and philandering husbands — on notice.

Loretta Lynn
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