🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Dolly Parton

Hi darlin’

HGATR today is all about our favourite country queen and cultural icon - Dolly Parton.

Beautiful, talented, American country music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian.

Here’s the results so far:

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Rancid 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

Here’s Dolly!

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Not sure if I am allowed to influence the vote/ but it’s a 5 from me.

Also @anon19035908 presume this is done right?

Also going to do the top songs - give me a sec!


Seems like an absolutely fantastic person but not my taste in music at all.



Have altered the title slightly but other than that looks great to me thank you Slicky!

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It’s a 5 from me. At the absolute pinnacle of her genre for a long long time now, and has become an absolute icon. Also seems like a fucking wonderful person.

Best Dolly


Jolene’s a banger, 9 to 5 very good and so is I will always love you even if hers isn’t the best version.
Lovely rags to riches story but the chintz is a bit tacky, albeit intentional, and don’t think she really has the tunes beyond those mentioned above. Generous 3.


Yeah give her a 5.


Islands In The Stream will meet you outside O’Sheas


Best single:

  • Dumb Blonde
  • Islands in the Stream
  • The last thing on my Mind
  • My Tennessee Mountain Home
  • Just because I’m a Woman
  • The Bargain Store
  • 9 to 5
  • Why’d you come in here lookin’ like that
  • Here you come again
  • Coat of Many Colours
  • I will always love you
  • Jolene
  • Blue Smoke
  • Two Doors Down
  • Love is like a Butterfly
  • Potential New Boyfriend
  • Baby I’m Burnin’
  • Silver threads and Golden Needles
  • Applejack
  • Romeo
  • Old flames can’t hold a candle to you
  • To know him is to love him
  • Joshua
  • Little Sparrow
  • Better get to Livin’

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went to see her do the legend slot at glastonbury, man what a crowd there was for her and the goodwill towards her was immense.
not a massive fan of her musically bar a handful of fucking great tracks. that being said i love her story and i think she’s a genuine force of good. absolute top drawer GBOL. 4


We have a best of Dolly CD in the car that comes out on long journeys. Some proper bangers on there alright. My wife’s life ambition is to go to Dollywood.

I wouldn’t compare them musically at all, but she’s a bit like Elton John in that she’s one of those people where the world is more entertaining just for having them in it. GBOD.

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This poll is a disgrace young lady!


Impressive restraint from the voters so far to have not voted for 25 songs each.


It’s alright I guess

Oh, the easiest 5 ever.
She wrote Jolene and I Will Always Love You on the same night, ffs. Incredible. Imagine writing one of those songs, let alone two, let alone in the SAME EVENING. And I disagree with ruffers, think her version of IWALY is one of the most beautiful songs in the world. The emotion you can hear in her voice is breath taking.
Plus, what an amazing woman in general. She does so much for her community back home, and is a massive advocate for education for younger people, the stuff she does with her charities and giving books away to underprivileged kids is lovely. And she does it all quietly, just because she has a good heart.
Her sense of humour is great as well, there’s a clip of her in an interview talking about her husband (who she completely shields from public life, there’s nothing about him out there) and she says something to the effect of “and sometimes I see him there, lying in his reclinin’ chair and I say “I shoulda let Jolene have ya!”” :smiley:
The wisdom and talent she has. God, her song Wildflowers is just beautiful. A perfect song to have a bit of a cry too. She has a song for every mood and emotion.

Love her, love her love her love her.


I think her quote “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap” might be my favourite quote of all time.


honestly, add your own. these were the ones off the top of my head :smiley:


she’s a real GBOL


I mean… that’s poetry


Good ear for a catchy tune. Great songwriter, iconic woman. And from what I’ve seen seems like a very charismatic performer. Musically it’s pretty hit and miss for me - the big pop tunes are great but I don’t get on well with the stuff that’s heavier on the country.

Semi-regret not going to her Glastonbury legend slot but think it’s more of a FOMO thing than actually wanting to be there, dunno.

Massive GBOL anyway, will go a 4