5 Empowering Singles From Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton, the reining queen of country music, has been one of the main ring leaders of the genre since her career took off in 1967 with her LP Hello, I’m Dolly. The country icon is glamorous, sassy, a true storyteller and, nearly 50 years into her career, she remains one of the pioneers, particularly for women, in country music history.

From her humble beginnings to her acclaimed superstardom, she has represented everything that country music is and should be. Supported by her diverse, eclectic songbook, which features autobiographical tracks like “Coat of Many Colors” and “In My Tennessee Mountain Home,” kiss-offs like the iconic “Jolene” and soaring ballads, like “I Will Always Love You” (later popularized by Whitney Houston), the talented songstress has contributed some of the most recognizable songs in the industry.

Here we take a stroll and look at some of her most empowering tracks — all contain a message of picking yourself up and moving on.

5 Empowering Singles From Dolly Parton:

1. “Two Doors Down” (from 1977’s Here You Come Again)

Breakups are thing of real life. Country music has long used heartbreak as a vehicle to examine larger aspects of life, but for this standout, Dolly decides to go to a party two doors down and pick up a new man. Lesson learned.

2. “9 to 5” (from 1980’s 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs)

If your job’s killing you and you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning, this bouncy number nearly always does the trick, even if the coffee doesn’t.

3. “Coat of Many Colors” (from 1968’s Just Because I’m a Woman)

As one of Dolly’s most autobiographical tunes, she showed us the magic of one coat and how it changed her life forever. When times get tough, we must remember how blessed we truly are.

4. “Dumb Blonde” (from 1967 ‘s Hello, I’m Dolly)

She’s nobody’s fool, just because she’s a blonde. And neither are we.

“Jolene” (from 1974’s Jolene)

No list is complete without Dolly’s classic. We’ve all blasted it a million times, and it still hasn’t lost its potency.

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