Five Reasons You Should Love Dolly Parton Without Irony or Reservations (that aren’t “Jolene”)

The way her voice drips in like syrup when she comes into her & Porter Wagoner’s cover of “Dark End of the Street.”

How her soaring harmony line is anchored to earth by Porter Wagoner’s voice on “Always, Always.”

She crafted an epic break-up song so perfect and crafted that Whitney Houston and the rest of America thought it was just a dumb power ballad.

The song “Bargain Store,” which is inexplicably not the biggest hit song of all time.

You can not fuck with her country game.

Published by Mister Bulger

Adam Bulger is the editor in chief of and a frequent contributor to the parenting website He's also recently written for the wedding site and the college student aide Less recently, he's written for The Believer, Forbes, The Atlantic's website, Suicidegirls, Inked Magazine and probably about a dozen other places that are too obscure or defunct to bother listing.

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