Dolly Parton first artist to top Billboard chart for six decades

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NEW YORK (WVLT) -- Billboard reports that Dolly Parton became the first artist to have a Top 20 Hit on the "Hot Country Songs" chart in each decade since the 1960s.

Parton's recent feature on Pentatonix's rendition of "Jolene" brought her to the Top 20 list of the "Hot Country Songs" chart for the first time in a decade. "Forever Country," which features Parton singing "I Will Always Love You" as part of the celebrity-packed group called Artists of Then, Now & Forever, also ranked number one on the "Hot Country Songs" chart.

Billboard noted that Parton's last Top 20 Hit on the "Hot Country Songs" chart was in 2006 with a feature on Brad Paisley's number one spot for "When I Get Where I'm Going." Her first ranking on any Billboard chart was nearly 50 years ago in 1967 with "Dumb Blonde" reaching number 24. Parton's original version of "Jolene" topped the chart for the first time in 1974.

The only artist who could match Parton's Top 20 ranking in each decade would be Willie Nelson, if he released a Top 20 Hit before 2020. Along with this feat, Parton also claimed the title of the only artist with Top 40 Hits on "Hot Country Songs" in each decade since the 1960s.