The Telegraph Names the Thirty Best Dolly Parton Songs

The Telegraph, a United Kingdom publication, has ranked the thirty best Dolly Parton songs.  It’s an interesting list that balances classics with lesser-known album cuts.

Parton has always been a popular artist here at Country Universe. For more on Parton, check out Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists entries one and two, and Parton’s #1 listing in our 100 Greatest Women feature.

Here is the ranking from the Telegraph:

  1. Jolene
  2. Coat of Many Colors
  3. I Will Always Love You
  4. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
  5. My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
  6. Joshua
  7. My Blue Tears
  8. 9 to 5
  9. My Tennessee Mountain Home
  10. To Daddy
  11. Mule Skinner Blues
  12. The Seeker
  13. The Bargain Store
  14. Shattered Image
  15. Touch Your Woman
  16. Light of a Clear Blue Morning
  17. Down From Dover
  18. The Grass is Blue
  19. Islands in the Stream (with Kenny Rogers)
  20. Just Because I’m a Woman
  21. Little Sparrow
  22. Appalachian Memories
  23. In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
  24. Daddy Come and Get Me
  25. Peace Train
  26. Farther Along
  27. Here You Come Again
  28. We Three Kings
  29. Put it Off Until Tomorrow (with Porter Wagoner)
  30. Dumb Blonde



  1. Always liked her pop songs like “9 to 5”, “Here You Come Again”, “Two Doors Down”, etc. and her Christmas songs like “Hard Candy Christmas” and her duets with Kenny Rogers. (Love the way she decorates her Nashville home for Christmas)

  2. The top 3 are about as predictable as you can get, but those are amazing songs and are deserving of the attention they receive. The rest of the list is hit and miss for me.

    I’m absolutely thrilled to see ‘My Tennessee Mountain Home’ in the top ten, as it is a personal favorite of mine. I’m also excited to see ‘The Seeker’, ‘Touch Your Woman’, and ‘Down From Dover’ included.

    However, some of my favorites are missing. Songs like ‘But You Know I Love You’, ‘It’s All Wrong But It’s Alright’, ‘Tennessee Homesick Blues’, ‘Wildflowers’, ‘Mountain Angel’, ‘Starting Over Again’, ‘Love Is Like A Butterfly’, ‘Me And Little Andy’ and her remake of ‘Seven Bridges Road’ are all very strong songs that didn’t make the list.

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