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Why Shania Twain Is The Most Underrated Artist Of The Past 25 Years

It's time we talked about Shania Twain.

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That's why it's time to speak up about one of the most important living figures of modern history.

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I'm talking about the inventor of leopard-print cape suits, feminist hero, and overall critic of men: Shania Twain.

Let's go, girls.

Forget Beyoncé — Shania Twain is music's true feminist queen.

Let's take, for example, "Honey, I'm Home."

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The song reverses the classic gender stereotype of a man coming home from a long day of work to his waiting and willing wife. Instead, in "Honey! I'm Home," it's Shania coming home after a long day work demanding a good strong drink and her ~favorite treat~

"Honey, I'm home and I had a hard day

Pour me a cold one and oh, by the way

Rub my feet, gimme something to eat."


Then there's anti-fuckboy anthem, "Any Man of Mine."

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Shania is not DTF with any 'ol fuck boy. It's Shania's world; the fuckboys are just living in it.

"Any man of mine better walk the line

Better show me a teasin' squeezin' pleasin' kinda time

I need a man who knows how the story goes."


As you can see, Shania's music is overwhelmingly pro-woman. Shania Twain makes me, a gay man, want to be a better woman.

Another example is the all-inclusive anthem about female versatility, "She's Not Just a Pretty Face."

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"WOMEN ARE FUCKING EVERYWHERE, CAN DO IT ALL, AND YOU BETTER DEAL WITH IT." —Shania Twain (basically) in "She's Not Just a Pretty Face."

"That Don't Impress Me Much" is equally forward-thinking.

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Another critical piece on men! Yes. The Brad Pitt reference. The kiss-your-car-good-night line. "What do you think you're Elvis or something?" I can't take it.

ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS, it must be said that Shania was making these statements in the most misogynistic genre: country music. I literally can't with her progressive values!!!

Shania Twain is also responsible for turning approximately 27% of today's homosexuals gay.

Which is where "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" comes in. The iconicness is overwhelming.

"Oh oh OH!"

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This song. This video. Its impact. The thing about Shania Twain's songs is that they are timeless. Put this on in any bar and it's impossible to not sing along. Impossible!

Shania is also responsible for one of the biggest ballads of the '90s: "You're Still the One." I gag.

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The best part about Shania Twain is that she's always there for you. If you're having a bad day then you listen to "Up!"

If you want to sing a damn good power ballad at karaoke, then you have "From This Moment On."

If you feel like creepily stalking some dude on Instagram, then you have "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"

There's a Shania for every life situation.

Then there are her albums.


Her sales spit, trample, and bewilder your faves'.

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Come on Over is literally the biggest-selling female album of ALL TIME. We're talking DOUBLE DIAMOND. The biggest selling album in country history!!!

Eleven of the sixteen songs on this album charted on country radio!!!! That's unheard of in ANY genre.

Eleven of the sixteen songs on this album charted on country radio!!!! That's unheard of in ANY genre.


I haven't even talked about her international crossover appeal.

The incredible genre-busting creativeness of the red, blue, and green Up albums. Adult contemporary mega-hit "Forever and for Always."

Chill-ass melodic jam "No One Needs to Know."

And the rock-influenced "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"


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Without Shania Twain, there would be no awkward middle school slow dances to "From This Moment On."

Without Shania Twain, there would be no Taylor Swift.

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Without Shania Twain, there would be no happiness.

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*Drops mic*


I'm out.

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