A League of Their Own: 9 Women with a Debut No. 1 Single

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A few days later and it’s still a big deal that Kelsea Ballerini’s debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” went No. 1. Only eight other women have done it and she’s the first woman to have a No. 1 single (Mediabase chart) since last summer when Miranda Lambert got their with “Automatic.” A woman hasn’t topped the Billboard chart since Carrie Underwood in 2012.

There are a number of other notable facts about Kelsea’s accomplishment, but all anyone needs to know is that this is a big (damn) deal. It’s rare. It’s special. And only eight others have done it before her.

Here’s a look at the eight (other) women who did it and the songs that got them there:

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” // Carrie Underwood // 2006


Redneck Woman” // Gretchen Wilson // 2004

“What I Really Meant to Say” // Cyndi Thompson // 2001

“There Is No Arizona” // Jamie O’Neal // 2001

“Strawberry Wine” Deana Carter // 1996

“Wild One” // Faith Hill // 1994

“She Is His Only Need” // Wynonna // 1992

“She’s in Love With the Boy” // Trisha Yearwood // 1991

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