Take a good look at any recently published country charts, and you may be thinking, “Wait, where are all the girls on country radio?”
It’s a question many folks have been asking lately — from Carrie Underwood to even Luke Bryan, who talked about it in a recent Entertainment Weekly magazine interview. Labels, artists and fans alike want to know why we don’t see more females on the charts. With so many viable gals in our format poised for success, it seems like a good question.
Underwood herself has enjoyed tremendous radio success in her career and will tell you she is truly, immeasurably grateful for that. She recently snagged another No. 1 single with “See You Again.” Yet at one point during the song’s meteoric climb, she was the only female with a single in the Top 20. Yep, out of 20 spots, only one belonged to a woman. And it happens more often than you think.
“I would love to see that a little more equaled out, but it will happen,” Underwood said in a recent interview with CMT Radio. “We’ll get there.”
Yes, ladies, these numbers might seem a little dismal at the moment, but Underwood has a steadfast belief there’s room for these incredible female artists waiting to catch a break.
She also encourages us to look at how far women in country have come over the years, thanks in large part to her heroes like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. They are the iconic gems who forged a path for the current generation when there wasn’t even a clearing in the road.
“I think it took all those people to pave that for us,” Underwood said. “I still think we have a long way to go.”
I think most of us — men and women alike — would agree that we’d like to get there sooner than later.