2. Shania Twain // Come on Over
Pop-country is not everyone’s cup of tea, but Shania’s impact is unquestionable. Among the leading women of the day, when women weren’t nearly as unappreciated as they are in 2017, she pushed the boundaries in ways never before witnessed. Her third studio album is one of the best-selling discs in history, and rightfully so. From “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “You’re Still the One” to “Love Gets Me Every Time,” “You’ve Got a Way” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” she shattered the glass ceiling and proved a woman could sell out arenas and garner diamond albums just as easily as the men. Her flashy stage presence, her simple but powerful lyrics and her oozing charism endeared her to millions of fans, setting the stage for many of today’s leading, boundary-pushing women, including Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.