The 10 Best Singles From Every Decade Of Dolly Parton’s Illustrious Career

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Dolly Parton is a woman who really needs no introduction.

She’s obviously incredibly talented, smart, funny as hell and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Though she came from practically nothing, growing up poor with 11 siblings in rural East Tennessee, she’s become an icon and beloved figure in country music and pop culture alike.

She grew up singing in church and made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry when she was just 13 years old, which is just incredible in it’s own right. So, needless to say, she has quite an extensive catalog that has stretched throughout several decades.

Since her debut album in 1967 Hello, I’m Dolly was first released, she’s put out 51 studio albums, 6 live albums, and 5 soundtrack albums. Think about that for a second… 51 full-length albums? It’s pretty mind-blowing, but it’s what has secured her spot alongside the greatest to ever play country music.

We recently put together a list of some of George Strait’s best singles from his many decades in the business, and it got me thinking, how about some of Dolly’s best?

So, I combed through her countless singles and tried to narrow it down to just 10 from each decade. I mean, she put her very first single out in 1959.

It wasn’t easy, but here’s what I came up with:

The 60’s:

It’s Sure Gonna Hurt – 1962

What Do You Think About Lovin’ – 1964

Don’t Drop Out – 1966

Dumb Blonde – 1966

Something Fishy – 1966

I’m Not Worth The Tears – 1968

Just Because I’m a Woman – 1968

In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) – 1968

Daddy – 1969

My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy – 1969

The 70’s:

Joshua – 1970

Coat of Many Colors – 1971

Touch Your Woman – 1972

My Tennessee Mountain Home – 1972

Jolene – 1973

I Will Always Love You – 1974

Light of a Clear Blue Morning – 1977

Here You Come Again – 1977

You’re the Only One – 1979

Great Balls of Fire – 1979

The 80’s:

Starting Over Again – 1980

9 to 5 – 1980

I Will Always Love You – 1982

Save the Last Dance for Me – 1983

Islands in the Stream with Kenny Rogers– 1983 (she was technically featured, but I had to include it)

Tennessee Homesick Blues – 1984

To Know Him Is To Love Him with Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt – 1987

I Know You by Heart with Smokey Robinson – 1988

Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That – 1989

Yellow Roses – 1989

The 90’s:

 White Limozeen – 1990

Country Road – 1992

More Where That Came From – 1993

Full Circle – 1993

Silver Threads and Golden Needles with Loretta Lynn & Tammy Wynette – 1993

Just When I Needed You Most – 1996

Honky Tonk Songs – 1998

The Salt in My Tears – 1998

Walking On Sunshine – 1999

A Few Old Memories – 1999

The 2000’s:

Silver Dagger – 2000

Bluer Pastures – 2001

Shine – 2001

Hello God – 2002

Welcome Home – 2003

Travelin’ Thru – 2006

Better Get to Livin’ – 2007

Jesus and Gravity – 2008

Drives Me Crazy – 2009

Backwoods Barbie – 2009

The 2010’s & 2020’s:

Unlikely Angel – 2015

Head Over High Heels – 2016

There Was Jesus with Zach Williams – 2019

I Still Believe – 2020

When Life Is Good Again – 2020

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