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


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

Image Source: PR Photos, CMA

Lauren Cowling
Born and raised in the South, Lauren grew up going to football games with her family and eating overcooked steak. When not writing, Lauren enjoys reading biographies, searching for pictures of puppies on the internet and drinking Sprite.

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