OFFSTAGE: Patsy Cline Makes Rolling Stone Sob

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Now that Rolling Stone has come right out and said that Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift are among the top Women Who Rock , I think that makes it pretty much official.

The magazine compiled a collection of girls with “the fiercest albums that female rock & rollers have given the world.” Calling these albums the essential musical statements from all different
genres, they span generations with their list. And that list includes three albums from three country stars.

No. 15 is The Patsy Cline Collection from 1991, because the “badass cowgirl drama queen belts some of the torchiest, weepiest country songs ever, hitting high notes that make you sob into your margarita.” They also list her cheatin’ song “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray” as one of the best tracks.

No. 32 is The Best of Dolly Parton from 1975, and the magazine calls her hit song “Jolene” one of the most obsessively complex love stories ever captured in a country song.

No. 45 is Taylor Swift’s Speak Now from 2010, because they think she has a flawless ear for what makes a song click. The essential moment from this record is the song “Long Live,” which Rolling Stone says is “the best Bon Jovi song Bon Jovi never wrote.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.