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Dolly Parton Awarded Two Guinness Book World Records



Guinness Book of World Records added to Dolly Parton's trophy case on Jan. 17, awarding her with a pair of plaques. One is for charting top 20 hits in six consecutive decades, while the other recognizes her as the woman to chart the most songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Parton's six decades of hits span from 1967's "Something Fishy" to her 2016 remake of "Jolene," featuring a Capella five-piece Pentatonix. This statistic puts Parton ahead of fellow country legends George Jones, Reba McEntire and even the great Elvis Presley. Jones charted songs in seven decades, 1950's to 2010's, but only cracked the top 20 during five of those decades. With Parton showing no signs of slowing down her recording career, her record might become further out of reach beyond 2020.


The 2016 version of "Jolene" became Parton's 107th song to make the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Charted hits go back to 1967's "Dumb Blonde" and includes 21 singles recorded with former singing partner Porter Wagoner. The chart dates back to October 1958.

"To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great," Parton says in a press release. "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!"

Parton's other world records include the longest span between number one hits, with 1971's "Joshua" and 2006's "When I Get Where I'm Going" topping the charts 35 years and 26 days apart.

Guinness Book keeps up with more than just the heaviest carrot (22.44 pounds, if you're curious) or most scoops balanced on an ice cream cone (123). It also keeps track of celebrity accomplishments, both impressive and trivial.


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