Dolly Parton just keeps breaking records. Over a decades-long career, the iconic artist, actress and businesswoman set the bar sky-high with more than 3,000 compositions, a string of feature film roles and swags of awards, including entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Oh, and there’s her Dollywood theme park.
The country great is now an official world-beater. Twice over.
The Tennessee native is recognized in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition for her prolific hitmaking talents. The 71-year-old singer admitted she was “humbled” and “blessed” when she received certificates recognizing her newly-set records for most decades with a top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (six) and most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist (107).
Dolly is the only artist with top 20 hits across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s), beginning with “Something Fishy,” in 1967. George Jones came close to the record; he charted from the 1950s onwards, but impacted the top 20 in just five of those seven decades. Dolly is credited with 74 top 20 hits, including her most recent, a new version of her 1973 classic “Jolene,” featuring Pentatonix, which debuted at No. 18 on the chart in 2016.
The update of “Jolene” was her 107th chart entry, a record-setting streak that traces back to her 1967 debut “Dumb Blonde”. No other female artist has had more hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) January 18, 2018
“To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great,” she said on receiving her framed certificates. “Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed.”
On the source of her songwriting skills, she told the title, “I’ve always just written from my heart. I try not to dwell on just trying to be commercial and what’s a radio hit. Usually when an idea hits me, it comes from my heart.”
Stream Dolly’s interview with Guinness World Records below.