Watch Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Miley Cyrus & More Cover Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’

On this day in 1974, Dolly Parton earned her second chart-topping single with her iconic hit, “Jolene.”  The song was…

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 2, 2021

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Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Miley Cyrus

On this day in 1974, Dolly Parton earned her second chart-topping single with her iconic hit, “Jolene.” 

The song was written solely by Parton and was inspired by a red-headed bank teller who flirted with her husband, Carl Dean, shortly after they got married. Parton reportedly got the idea to include the name Jolene in the song after meeting a fan during a meet and greet at one of her concerts. 

“Jolene” is one of Parton’s biggest hits and according to the legendary entertainer, it’s also her most-covered song. 

To celebrate the anniversary of “Jolene” hitting No.1 on the charts, we’ve compiled five of our favorite “Jolene” covers. Ranging from Carrie Underwood to Kelly Clarkson to Miley Cyrus, each cover showcases a different spin on the famous song. 

Click below to watch. 

Carrie Underwood

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Gabby Barrett with King Calaway

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Kelly Clarkson 

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Miley Cyrus 

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Jennifer Nettles & Pentatonix 

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.