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Top 10 Best Dolly Parton Songs Ever

To welcome Dolly Parton back to L.A I compiled what I considered to be her best songs. Some are a little obscure but totally deserve more attention.

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1. "I Will Always Love You" 1974

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Prince has "Purple Rain", Dolly has "I Will Always Love You". Epic, earnest and a thing of true beauty. Watch this scene from "Little Whorehouse in Texas", one of the best musical moments in movie history.

2. "Down from Dover" 1970

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Dolly's great talents for storytelling truly capture the pain and loneliness of a woman left knocked up and behind. This song was considered controversial at the time. Also check out the amazing covers of this song by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood here and Marianne Faithfull here.

3. "Just Because I'm a Woman" 1968

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"Yes, I've made my mistakes but listen and understand. My mistakes are no worse than yours just because I'm a woman" Lyrics written in 1968 and still relevant.

4. "Shattered Image" 1976

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Dolly takes on haters : "Stay out of my closet if your own's full of trash" for real!!

Also check out "All I can do" from this era here.

5. "Bargain Store" 1975

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Dolly keeps it real by using a bargain store as a methapor. We come fresh and new to this world but as we grow old we all collect baggage.

6. "Save The Last Dance For Me" 1984

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Her cover of The Drifters "Save The Last Dance For Me" is 80's AM radio ear candy. If you like this also check out "Potential New Boyfriend" and the video here.

7. "Dumb Blonde" 1967

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"This Blonde is nobody's fool" We know Dolly. Also check her song "Fake Eye Lashes" here.

8. "Islands On The Stream" 1983

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Dolly turns this Bee Gees song into another pop gem with the help of Kenny Rogers. One of the best duets ever.

9. "9 to 5" 1980

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oh yeah!

10."Better Get To Livin'" 2008

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If you are going to take advice you better take it from Dolly. Check out the video as well featuring Amy Sedaris. If you like this also listen to "Backwood Barbie" here.

* "Jolene"

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I know, the people have spoken and they want "Jolene" :)

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