Dolly Parton Releases Wild Track List for Upcoming Rock Album

Dolly Parton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022, despite having no real ties to rock music. At first she tried to pull herself out of contention for the distinction, feeling guilty that she might take the spot of someone else more worthy. But when notified she couldn’t be taken off the ballot and would probably win anyway, she decided to resolve her internal conflict by vowing to record a rock album.

And boy, has she.

Talking a play out of the Morgan Wallen/Zach Bryan playbook, Dolly Parton has decided to go big, and is releasing the 30-track album Rockstar on November 17th. Consisting of 21 cover songs and nine new original tracks, it’s not just the amount of music, but the laundry list of contributors and guests on this album that make it a juggernaut. This isn’t just a rock album. This is an international, multi-genre event.

From the country/Southern rock realm, Chris Stapleton, Warren Haynes, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Ronnie McDowell, Ronnie Van Zant (RIP), Artimus Pyle, and Gary Rossington (RIP) are all set to appear. They will join artists as disparate as Kid Rock and Melissa Etheridge, and as popular as Lizzo and Miley Cyrus. Rock legends like Sting, Steve Perry of Journey, and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue all make the list as well. Many of the guests appear on cover versions of the songs they helped make famous.

“I’m so excited to finally present my first rock n’ roll album, ‘Rockstar!’” Parton said in a statement. “I am very honored and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time, and to be able to sing all the iconic songs throughout the album was a joy beyond measure. I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!”

The album will comes as a four-LP set, a two-CD set and via digital download and on all streaming services.


  1. “Rockstar” (special guest Richie Sambora)
  2. “World on Fire”
  3. “Every Breath You Take” (feat. Sting)
  4. “Open Arms” (feat. Steve Perry)
  5. “Magic Man” (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese)
  6. “Long As I Can See the Light’ (feat. John Fogerty)
  7. “Either Or” (feat. Kid Rock)
  8. “I Want You Back” (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes)
  9. “What Has Rock and Roll Ever Done for You” (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel)
  10. “Purple Rain”
  11. “Baby, I Love Your Way” (feat. Peter Frampton)
  12. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (feat. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
  13. “Night Moves” (feat. Chris Stapleton)
  14. “Wrecking Ball” (feat. Miley Cyrus)
  15. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (feat. P!nk & Brandi Carlile)
  16. “Keep on Loving You” (feat. Kevin Cronin)
  17. “Heart of Glass” (feat. Debbie Harry)
  18. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (feat. Elton John)
  19. “Tried to Rock and Roll Me” (feat. Melissa Etheridge)
  20. “Stairway to Heaven” (feat. Lizzo & Sasha Flute)
  21. “We Are the Champions”
  22. “Bygones” (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5)
  23. My Blue Tears (feat. Simon Le Bon)
  24. “What’s Up?” (feat. Linda Perry)
  25. “You’re No Good” (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow)
  26. “Heartbreaker” (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
  27. “Bittersweet” (feat. Michael McDonald)
  28. “I Dreamed About Elvis” (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guest The Jordanaires)
  29. “Let It Be” (feat. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood)
  30. “Free Bird” (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and The Artimus Pyle Band)
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