Dolly Parton collects two Guinness World Records
Dolly Parton is recognized in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition for her prolific hitmaking talents. Her achievements are “Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart” and “Most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.”
The country music icon is the only artist with Top 20 hits across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s), beginning with “Something Fishy,” in 1967. George Jones came close to the record; he charted from the 1950s onwards, but impacted the top 20 in just five of those seven decades.
The singer is credited with 74 Top 20 hits, including her most recent, a new version of her 1974 classic “Jolene,” feat. Pentatonix, which debuted at No. 18 on the chart in 2016. The update of “Jolene” was her 107th chart entry, a record-setting streak that traces back to her 1967 debut “Dumb Blonde“.
“To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great,” Parton said on receiving her framed certificates. “Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed.“