DOlly Parton is one of the greatest country music artists of all time. She introduced the world to some of the best songs and albums of all time. She began her professional music career with her first studio album, “Hello, I’m Dolly”, released in 1967. After that, she continued to provide country music lovers around the world with incredibly compelling music for years. Although best known for country music, she has shown excellence in various other genres like gospel, crossover pop, and bluegrass. It is quite difficult to put together a list of the best Dolly Parton albums. Here is an attempt to rank his top 10 albums of all time:
‘Jolene‘ is one of the most extraordinary country music albums of all time. Released in 1974, the album became an instant hit with its title track of the same name where a housewife comes face to face with a young, beautiful woman who has been having an affair with her husband. The song has become extremely popular among music lovers in the United States and around the world. With the exception of ‘It Must Be You’ and ‘Lonely Comin’ Down’, Dolly Parton wrote all the songs on the album.
The 1971 album represents Dolly Parton’s pinnacle in her career. She gave her best performance on the album. The title track is a depiction of Parton’s own story in which his mother made him a colorful coat, rugs from rugs given to him. The album earned a position in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Albums of All Time.
Released in 1977, the album “Here You Come Again” became Dolly Parton’s first certified platinum album. Tracks from the album topped the singles chart for five weeks. The album topped the US Billboard Hot Country LP and reached number 20 on the US Billboard 200. The album proved its excellence and again dominated the genre.
The 37th solo studio album, “The Grass Is Blue” by Dolly Parton won a Grammy Award for “Best Bluegrass Album” in 2001. When the album was released in 1999, it had no label because Decca Records closed its offices in Nashville that year. The album contained various classic and contemporary tracks which helped to relaunch his career. The opening single is a cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Travelin’.
Released in 2001, this is his 38th studio album. Dolly Parton dedicated the album to her father Lee Parton who died in 2000. Dolly Parton herself described the album as having more soul, depth and emotion before its release. The album was extremely close to his heart as it expresses his truest feelings and thoughts. It captured the 12th position on the US Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and reached number 97 on the US Billboard 200 Chart.
Number 6 on Dolly Parton’s Top 10 Albums list is her 1978 hit, “Heart Breaker.” This is his 20th studio album, produced by Gary Klein and Charles Koppelman. The album showcases Dolly Parton’s pop talent with a few more disco-like tracks. The tracks “I Really Got the Feeling” and “Heartbreaker” topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart after their release.
It’s one of country queen Dolly Parton’s most articulate and empowering albums. The album depicts the lives and problems of working class people. The album’s title track received critical acclaim for both its music and lyrics. “Dark as a Dungeon” was also a major hit on the country music scene.
This is Dolly Parton’s second solo studio album. Released in 1968, it was produced by Bob Ferguson and by country label RCA Victor. It peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. “Just Because I’m a Woman” was re-recorded by the artist for her tribute album, “Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton” in 2003.
This is his 18th solo studio album released by RCA Victor in 1977. It is his very first self-produced album. The best songs on the album are “You Are”, “Applejack”, “Light of a Clear Blur Morning” and “My Girl (My Love)”.
The 2014 album, ‘Blue Smoke’ takes the 10th position on Dolly Parton’s greatest albums of all time. The album contains covers of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” and Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands on Me”. The album showcases the artist’s sharp and powerful vocal prowess that makes him stand tall in the crowd.
There are a total of 52 Dolly Parton studio albums and we have tried our best to bring you the top ten most popular albums in the world.