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