Beyoncé Has Officially Outperformed Dolly Parton With “Jolene”

In 1973, "Jolene" became Dolly Parton's second No. 1 single. More than 40 years later, it remains largely regarded as one of the best country songs of all time. 

Beyond that, however, The Tennessean complimented the song's ability to bridge "genre and generations" and termed it "a once-in-a-world song without boundaries."

Beyoncé, another singer with cross-genre appeal, recently put her own spin on the ageless song. For all the limits Dolly broke with "Jolene," Beyoncé's version has found its own glass ceiling to break through.

Beyoncé released Cowboy Carter, her long-awaited venture into country music, on March 29. The rootsy follow-up to 2022's Renaissance has already reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Furthermore, the Lemonade singer's performance of "Jolene" landed at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This is significant since it is the first version of the extensively copied song to reach the Top Ten.

While "Jolene" undoubtedly became a No. 1 U.S. Country Song, the 1973 song peaked at No. 60 on the Hot 100 chart.

The tracks have the same name and subject matter, but that's about all they have in common. Where Dolly implores (I beg you, please don't take my man),

Beyoncé commands (I warn you, don't come for my man).Comparisons between the two are unavoidable. However, one X/Twitter user encouraged fans to view the tracks as "cousins, not sisters."

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