The great Dolly Parton is never not busy. The country music singer has worked hard her entire career. That hard work has paid off in more ways than one. As of May 31st, Parton has secured another 3 Guinness World Record entries, bringing her personal total to 10. Each are from a notable point in her career as a musician.
Guinness has awarded new records to Parton in the following categories:
- Longest span of No.1 hits on the US Top Country Albums chart – For a female artist, that is. This may be astounding to believe, but Parton has been on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for 43 years and 156 days, starting with her 1977 album “New Harvest… First Gathering” to her 2022 October album “A Holly Dolly Christmas”
- Most studio albums released by a female country singer – Parton has released a mind-boggling 65 albums across the course of her career.
- Most Top 10 entries on the US Top Country Albums chart (for a female artist) – For Dolly’s 48th album “Diamonds and Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection” to hit Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart.
Parton isn’t even taking a moment to slow down- she never has. She will be releasing her newest album “Rockstar” on November 17th.
This is largely a rock-inspired cover album, featuring Dolly singing with an amazing array of guest artists including, Sting, Elton John, Ringo Starr, and John Fogerty to name a few. Of the songs on the album, there is one original. One that breaks Dolly’s mold of never going political. She performed “World on Fire” for the first time at the ACM Awards and points the finger at all politicians. It features lyrics vague enough not to narrow down the who, but certainly poignant enough to be asking why. You know things aren’t great when even Dolly Parton can’t keep out of politics any longer.
10 Incredible Records for an Incredible Woman
Regardless, Dolly has earned an impressive number of Guinness records:
- Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart
- Most No.1 hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist
- Most decades on the US Hot Country Songs chart (female)
- Most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist
- Longest span of No.1 hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart
- First country singer to be nominated for the EGOT
- Most Grammy nominations for a female country artist
And that ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at, darlin’.