Day 52: 9 to 5

Song: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
Reached #1: February 21, 1981 (her first, 2 weeks)

Joined in progress… oops…

Ah, yes… Dolly Parton… big hair, big voice, big ambition, big… yeah, that joke’s been made a few million times.

Dolly Parton circa 1981 is roughly equivalent to Taylor Swift circa 2011 – only without Taylor’s modesty.  Dolly wasn’t even going to pretend – she wanted to own the world… which is why she made the effort in 1981 to do a pop single for a movie she was co-starring in.

It didn’t really work out exactly as she planned – while Dolly is (and always will be) a country icon, her pop success was limited mostly to this song and a couple of crossover duets.  That’s not a bad thing, as she’s still well-known and much-loved by fans of all genres of music.

And she’ll always have Dollywood.

Tomorrow, we spice up the blog with one of the more notorious pre-fab pop groups…

Other songs that reached #1 on February 21:
2004 –
“Slow Jamz” by Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (his first, 1 week)
2009 – “Crack A Bottle” by Eminem feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent (his second, 1 week)


One comment on “Day 52: 9 to 5

  1. […] call the song “9 to 5” (its UK title) since there was the pesky matter of a song that was on its way to #1 on the charts with the same name.   They didn’t want anyone to think this was a cover of Dolly […]

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