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June 8th, 2011 CASEY JARMAN | Top 5
 

Dolly Parton’s Top Five Super-Hits Everyone Should Know.

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“Jolene”

One of the best-recorded, catchiest and most emotionally subtle songs of its era also happens to have been among Parton’s biggest hits.

“The Seeker”

Dolly’s “Come to Jesus” song, tightly wrapped in back-porch funk. 

“I Will Always Love You”

Unlike the majestic Whitney Houston version, Dolly’s lower-key 1974 rendering is appropriate for more than just weddings and funerals.

“Here You Come Again”

A crassly produced disco-era mega hit that’s also terribly catchy and lyrically ambiguous: Does Parton’s “here I go” mean she’s finally leaving her manipulative ex, or is she falling for him all over again?

“Islands in the Stream”

Perhaps the greatest karaoke-bar duet fodder of all time. It’s really the quivering little vocal tics (“ah-hah-uh-ah!”) that twist the knife here.


SEE IT: The sixth annual Dolly Parton Hoot Night is Saturday, June 11, at the Mission Theater. 8 pm. $10-$12. 21+. See music listings for details.

 
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