Dolly Parton Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Dolly Parton Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Dolly Rebecca Parton started out as a songwriter, she became a successful songwriter and then in 1967 released her debut album “Hello, I’m Dolly”. This led to a spate of successful albums throughout the late 1960s, through the 1970s and 1980s. Her albums during the 1990s didn’t do so well but she regained commercial success at the beginning of the new millennium. 

She has sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 44 top 10 country albums, 110 top 40 singles including 25 number 1 singles and has written more than 3,000 songs. Dolly has also starred in several films and won 11 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards as well as numerous other awards and accolades. In 1999 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Best Dolly Parton Albums Of All Time

Dolly Parton has released more than 60 studio albums and as always we will rank the top 20 as we see them from the rest to the best.

20. Dolly, Dolly, Dolly (1980)

This was Dolly’s 22nd solo studio album which was released on April 14th 1980. There were 2 singles taken from this album which were; “Starting Over Again” and “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” both of which reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album itself reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart.

19. Slow Dancing with the Moon (1993)

Released on February 23rd 1993, this was Dolly’s 32nd solo studio album. It features several guest artists including; Mary Chapin Carpenter, Collin Raye, Tanya Tucker, Kathy Mattea, Maura O’Connell, Pam Tillis, Billy Dean, Marty Stuart and Billy Ray Cyrus. The album got to number 4 on the US Country Music chart and stayed on the chart for 35 weeks. It also reached number 16 on the pop albums chart.

18. Great Balls of Fire (1979)

This was Dolly’s 21st solo studio album which was released on May 28th 1979. The album got to number 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 40 on the Billboard 200. There were 4 singles released from the album, 1 of which, “You’re the Only One”, topped the Hot Country Songs chart. The others were; the title track, “Sweet Summer Lovin’” and “Star of the Show”.

17. Pure & Simple (2016)

Released on August 19th 2016 this was Dolly’s 45th solo studio album. It was also her 7th number 1 country album and her 1st number 1 country album in 25 years. There were 3 singles released from this album which were; the title track, “Outside Your Door” and “Head Over High Heels”.

16. Real Love (1985)

This was Dolly’s 27th solo studio album which was released on January 21st 1985. It was also her last album released on the RCA Records label. This album included 2 number 1 country singles which were; “Real Love” (a duet with Kenny Rogers) and “Think About Love”. There were 2 other singles released from the album which were “Don’t Call it Love” and “Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)”.

15. Little Sparrow (2001)

This was Dolly’s 38th studio album which was released on January 23rd 2001. This was a bluegrass album and there were 4 singles released from it which were; “A Tender Lie”, “Bluer Pastures”, “Seven Bridges Road” and “Shine”. The album was dedicated to Dolly’s father Lee Parton, who died in November 2000.

14. Once Upon a Christmas (with Kenny Rogers) (1984)

Released on October 29th 1984, this was a collaborative studio album by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. It was Dolly’s 1st Christmas album and Kenny’s 2nd. There were 5 singles released from this album which were “The Greatest Gift of All”, “Medley: Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride”, “The Christmas Song”, “Christmas Without You” and “I Believe in Santa Claus”. The album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard Top Country chart and peaked at number 12.

13. Blue Smoke (2014)

This was Dolly’s 44th solo studio album which was released on January 31st 2014 in Australia and New Zealand, May 13th 2014 in North America, June 6th in Ireland and on June 9th 2014 in Europe. This album contains a duet with Kenny Rogers, “You Can’t Make Old Friends” as well as a duet with Willie Nelson, “From Here to the Moon and Back”. It also contains covers of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands on Me”.

12. Eagle When She Flies (1991)

Released on March 7th 1991, this was Dolly’s 31st solo studio album. It features collaborations with Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Van Shelton along with supporting vocals from Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. This was Dolly’s 1st solo album to reach the number 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart since “9 to 5 and Other Odd Jobs” (1980). There were 4 singles released from this album which were; the title track, “Rockin’ Years”, “Silver and Gold” and “Country Road”.

11. Backwoods Barbie (2008)

Released on February 26th 2008, this was Dolly’s 42nd solo studio album. It was Dolly’s 1st mainstream country album in almost 10 years and the 1st released on her own label, Dolly Records. There are 2 covers on this album which are “She Drives Me Crazy” (Fine Young Cannibals) and “The Tracks of My Tears” (Smokey Robinson) as well as a new recording of her 1966 song “Put it Off Until Tomorrow” with Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.

10. The Grass Is Blue (1999)

This was Dolly’s 37th solo studio album which was released on October 26th 1999. It won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and contains the tracks “Travelin’ Prayer” (Billy Joel) and “I Still Miss Someone” (Johnny Cash) and the traditional “Silver Dagger” that had been made popular by Joan Baez in the 60s.

9. 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980)

Released on November 17th 1980, this was Dolly’s 23rd solo studio album. There were 3 singles released from this album which were “9 to 5”, “But You Know How I Love You” and “The House of The Rising Sun”. The album was centred around the hit single “9 to 5” which also served as the theme song for the film of the same name which starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. It topped the US country charts and reached number 11 on the US pop charts. 

8. Jolene  (1974)

This was Dolly’s 13th solo studio album which was released on February 4th 1974. The title track was released as a single and became Dolly’s 2nd solo number 1 country single. The other single released from this album was “I Will Always Love You” which also became a number 1 country single. 

7. Halos & Horns (2002)

Released on July 9th 2002, this was Dolly’s 39th solo studio album as well as being the 3rd album in Dolly’s bluegrass trilogy. There were 14 tracks included on this album, 12 written by Dolly and the other 2 both covers which were; “Stairway To Heaven” (Led Zeppelin) and “If” (Bread). This album topped the UK country albums chart but only reached number 4 on the US Top Country Album chart.

6. Coat of Many Colors (1971)

This was Dolly’s 8th solo studio album which was released on October 4th 1971. There were 2 singles released from this album which were; “My Blue Tears” and “Coat of Many Colors”. The album peaked at number 7 on the US Hot Country LPs chart.

5. White Limozeen (1989)

Released on May 30th 1989, this was Dolly’s 29th solo studio album. It was produced by Ricky Skaggs and featured a duet with Mac Davis as well as 2 covers which were; “Time For Me to Fly” (REO Speedwagon) and “He’s Alive” (Don Francisco). The album spent 100 weeks on the US country albums chart and got as high as number 3. 

4. My Tennessee Mountain Home (1973)

This was Dolly’s 11th solo studio album which was released on April 2nd 1973. The album cover featured a photo of the house the Parton family lived in during the 1940s and 1950s. It  is an autobiographical album with Dolly reminiscing on her early life, growing up in Tennessee. Although this album wasn’t that commercially successful, it remains as one of the best loved albums by Dolly’s fans.

3. New Harvest…First Gathering (1977)

Released on February 14th 1977, this was Dolly’s 18th solo studio album. It was the 1st album that Dolly produced herself and her 1st album aimed specifically at the pop charts. As well as her own songs, there are 2 covers on this album which were; “My Love” which was a cover of the Temptations song “My Girl” and “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” (Jackie Wilson). The track “Applejack” has many legendary country singers as backing vocalists including; Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Wright, Kitty Wells and Roy Acuff.

2. Heartbreaker (1978)

This was Dolly’s 20th solo studio album which was released on July 17th 1978. It topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for 9 consecutive weeks and got as high as number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. There were 4 singles released from this album which were; “Heartbreaker”, “ It’s Too Late to Love Me Now”, “Baby I’m Burnin’” and “I Really Got the Feeling”.

1. Here You Come Again (1977)

Released on October 3rd 1977 this was Dolly’s 19th solo studio album. It was her 1st album to sell a million copies and topped the US Billboard Hot Country LPs chart and got to number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. There were 4 singles released from this album which were “Here You Come Again”, “Two Doors Down”, “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” and “Me and Little Andy”.

All Dolly Parton Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
Hello, I’m Dolly 1967
Just Between You and Me (with Porter Wagoner) 1968
Just Because I’m a Woman 1968
Just the Two of Us (with Porter Wagoner) 1968
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)1969
Always, Always (with Porter Wagoner) 1969
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy 1969
The Fairest of Them All 1970
Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca (with Porter Wagoner)1970
Once More (with Porter Wagoner) 1970
Two of a Kind (with Porter Wagoner) 1971
The Golden Streets of Glory1971
Joshua 1971
Coat of Many Colors 1971
The Right Combination • Burning the Midnight Oil (with Porter Wagoner)1972
Touch Your Woman1972
Together Always (with Porter Wagoner)1972
My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner 1972
We Found It (with Porter Wagoner)1973
My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973
Love and Music (with Porter Wagoner) 1973
Bubbling Over 1973
Jolene1973
Porter ‘n’ Dolly (with Porter Wagoner)1974
Love Is Like a Butterfly 1974
The Bargain Store1975
Say Forever You’ll Be Mine (with Porter Wagoner1975
Dolly1975
All I Can Do1976
New Harvest…First Gathering 1977
Here You Come Again 1977
Heartbreaker 1978
Great Balls of Fire1979
Dolly, Dolly, Dolly1980
Porter & Dolly (with Porter Wagoner)1980
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs1980
Heartbreak Express 1982
Burlap & Satin 1983
The Great Pretender 1984
Once Upon a Christmas (with Kenny Rogers)1984
Real Love1985
Trio (with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt)1987
Rainbow 1987
White Limozeen1989
Home for Christmas 1990
Eagle When She Flies1991
Slow Dancing with the Moon1993
Honky Tonk Angels (with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette)1993
Something Special1995
Treasures 1996
Hungry Again 1998
Trio II (with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt)1999
Precious Memories 1999
The Grass Is Blue1999
Little Sparrow2001
Halos & Horns 2002
For God and Country2003
Those Were the Days 2005
Backwoods Barbie 2008
Better Day2011
Blue Smoke2014
Pure & Simple2016
I Believe in You 2017
A Holly Dolly Christmas2020
Run, Rose, Run 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Dolly Parton album?

The best selling Dolly Parton album is “Trio” (1987) which is a collaboration between Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris which has sold over 4 million copies. Her best selling solo album is “Greatest Hits” (1982) which has sold more than 1 million copies.

What is the newest Dolly Parton album?

The newest Dolly Parton album is “Run, Rose, Run” which was released on March 4th 2022.

What is the first Dolly Parton album?

The first Dolly Parton album is “Hello, I’m Dolly” which was released on September 18th 1967.

What is Dolly Parton’s most famous song?

Dolly Parton’s most famous song is “Jolene” which was taken from the album of the same name and was released on February 4th 1974.

When did Dolly Parton start?

After a successful career as a songwriter, Dolly Parton made her debut album “Hello, I’m Dolly” in 1967.

What genre is Dolly Parton?

The genres ascribed to Dolly Parton are; Country, bluegrass, Gospel and country pop.

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