Rolling Stone ‘Women Who Rock’ List Includes Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline
Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline may have the love of the country community, but that didn’t stop Rolling Stone from including them in its “Women Who Rock” list. The countdown, which details “50 of the fiercest albums that female rock & rollers have given the world,” brings together an eclectic group from Lady Gaga to Carole King.
Taylor Swift is recognized at No. 45 for her 2010 chart-topping album, Speak Now, which includes “Long Live,” a tune the magazine calls “the best Bon Jovi song Bon Jovi never wrote.” Additionally, the publication crowns her “one of the few genuine rock stars” of her time, who has a “flawless ear for what makes a song click.”
At No. 32 comes “one of Nashville’s toughest songwriters ever,” as described by the legendary mag, Dolly Parton. Her 1975 greatest hits collection makes the list, which describes her classic tune, “Jolene” as “one of the most obsessively complex love stories ever captured in a country song.” (Watch Dolly perform “Jolene” live below.)
The highest ranking country album, The Patsy Cline Collection, which was released in 1991, comes in at No. 15. Calling the late legend “a bad ass cowgirl drama queen,” Rolling Stone deems Patsy’s creations “some of the torchiest, weepiest country songs ever.”
Also making the list were Linda Ronstadt‘s 1974 record, Heart Like a Wheel, which came in at 42, and Lucinda Williams‘ 1998 project, Car Wheels On a Gravel Road, at 47. The No. 1 woman who rocks is Aretha Franklin with her 1967 album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. See Rolling Stone‘s full list here.
Watch Dolly Perform ‘Jolene’ Live in London