Dolly Parton's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Dolly Parton performs in 2015.
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Dolly Parton performs in 2015. 

Since releasing her debut album, 1966’s Hello, I’m Dolly, over 50 years ago, Dolly Parton has changed the face of the entertainment industry, helping to kick down many doors for female performers in both country and pop music. Her catalog of hits reads like a “best of” list of the 1970s and 1980s, and along the way, she has conquered the worlds of books, television, and movies -- and pretty much whatever else she wants to do.

She has also developed one of the strongest song catalogs for any female singer-songwriter in any genre. As a writer, she has penned some of the most poignant and heartbreaking ballads about life in the Smoky Mountains where she grew up -- as well as some of the defining love songs of all time. In choosing our favorite Dolly Parton songs, we chose fifteen -- many from her own pen -- which will "Always" have staying power. To be fair, we could do a list of our favorite Dolly duets, but wanted to keep this one solo focused.

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