The prolific songbird has nearly 800 individual song titles listed on her website — a number that likely rises above 1,000 if you consider studio recordings, remixes and live tracks. So how do you pick just a few?
- “Joshua,” Joshua (1971)
- Coat of Many Colors (1971)
- “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You” Jolene, (1974)
- “Here You Come Again,” “Two Doors Down,” Here You Come Again (1977)
- “9 to 5,” 9 to 5 and Other Odd Jobs (1980)
- White Limozeen (1989)
- The Grass is Blue (1999)
- Little Sparrow (2001)
- “Travelin’ Thru” (2006)
- Blue Smoke (2014)
WATE 6 digital staff compiled a Spotify playlist of the songs that make up Parton’s selected discography for induction into the Hall of Fame. So while you may not be able to watch the show just yet, you can listen to all the reasons the Appalachian icon is being honored.
Inductees are chosen for four categories: Performer, Musical Excellence, Early Influence and Ahmet Ertegun Award. Parton is being inducted as a performer.
Musicians become eligible for induction into the hall of fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. A nominating committee selects performers each who are then voted upon by an international body of rock music experts. Inductees are not selected based on popularity, music label or record sales but rather on the artist’s contribution to developing and perpetuating the genre.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995. It features exhibits of artifacts that examine rock music, its origins and its influences.