In Carrie Underwood's world, a song that only reaches No. 2 on the Billboard charts is a disappointment. Country music's original American Idol has never had a hit chart lower; over a dozen have reached No. 1, with songs from the Storyteller album sure to keep that total growing.
Great country women like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire left an indelible mark on the genre, changing the rules and tilting the balance back toward fair and equal. A generation or two later, a dozen modern country stars and newcomers are doing the same thing.