Dolly Parton Revealed the Song She’s Asked to Perform the Most in Interview with Jennifer Aniston

by Halle Ames

Dolly Parton sat down with Jennifer Aniston to reveal which iconic song of hers reigns supreme when it comes to fans.

The country legend isn’t short on hit songs, but which one is she asked to perform the most? Good question.

Dolly Parton took turns speaking with Jennifer Aniston prior to their movie, Dumplin, to talk about Parton’s notable music career as one of the top names in the industry.

Dolly Parton Hits

Aniston asks the 75-year-old Tennessee native her process for writing these amazing songs. “Do you get a lyric first? Do you write it down on napkins?”

“All of the above,” notes Parton. “Yeah. I used to dream songs, and they were really good in my sleep, and I would think I would remember it, and so I would sleep with a notepad by my bed.”

Considering I couldn’t even tell you the summary of my dream, I wonder how writing down a whole song played out for our dear Dolly.

Furthermore, the queen of country music is frequently asked to sing one hit in particular by fans. Any guesses? I personally am a huge “Jolene” fan, while my parents, being the softies they are, are suckers for “I Will Always Love You.” However, none of the above are correct.

Dolly Parton reveals that her catchy hit, “9 to 5,” is the top contender.

“If I walk in the room, people will say, well sing “9 to 5” because everybody knows that. But my favorite song myself is “Coat of Many Colors.” That one is the most personal to me, saying she doesn’t have to have money to be rich. Our mother taught us that every day.”

“9 to 5”

According to Song Facts, the inspiration behind “9 to 5” was her long, acrylic fingernails. When she would rub them together, they would make a clattering noise that would resemble a typewriter. However, the deeper meaning behind the hit is one that deals with gender inequality in the workplace.

While it didn’t change much for women economically, Dolly Parton’s hit won the 1981 Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.

And it looks like Parton isn’t slowing down anytime soon. She released numerous new songs last year, including a Christmas album called A Holly Dolly Christmas. Keep them coming, Dolly!

Now, please excuse me while I get back to my “9 to 5.” I need a large cup of ambition this lovely Tuesday.