Loretta Lynn: 20 Essential Songs

From her signature "Coal Miner's Daughter" to her duet with Jack White "Portland, Oregon"

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"The Pill" (1975)

In the most controversial song of her career, Lynn triumphantly declared her freedom — and that of all women — of reproductive choice. This peppy ode to birth control, written by Lorene Allen, Don McHan and T. D. Bayless, certainly has wry moments as Lynn sings about the sartorial choices like mini-skirts that will now be available to her. But the underlying message — "I control my body" — was a powerful one, especially coming from the mother of six children, several of whom she had as a teenager. The buzz around the "The Pill" led to it becoming Lynn's biggest success on the pop charts.

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