New Dolly Parton Album ‘Rockstar’ Features Covers of Rock Classics and Collabs With Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Nicks and Others

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The new Dolly Parton album, 'Rockstar,' was inspired by the country queen's 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite never releasing a rock record. Photo: Vijat Mohindra

Last year, following her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite never releasing a rock ‘n’ roll record, Dolly Parton noted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that “I’m making [a rock] album too because I have to live up to all that hype.”

And boy did the 77-year-old live up to the hype.

On Tuesday, the country queen released the full track list of songs and collaborators for Rockstar and it features a who’s who of rock legends. 

The album itself features 30 tracks — nine original songs and 21 classic rock tunes — and includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood (“Let It Be”), Elton John (“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me”), Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (“I Hate Myself for Loving You”), Stevie Nicks and Waddy Wachtel (“What Has Rock and Roll Ever Done for You”), Peter Frampton (“Baby, I Love Your Way”), Sting (“Every Breath You Take”), John Fogerty (“Long as I Can See the Light”), Debbie Harry (“Heart of Glass”), Melissa Etheridge (“Tried to Rock and Roll Me”), Simon Le Bon (“My Blue Tears”), Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (“Heartbreaker”) and many others. 

Parton also collaborates with younger stars on the album, including her goddaughter Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”) and Lizzo and Sasha Flute on what is sure to be a fascinating take on “Stairway to Heaven.”  

You can see the full track list and roster of collaborators at the end of this story.  

“I’m so excited to finally present my first rock ‘n’ roll album, Rockstar!,” Parton said in a statement. “I am very honoured 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!”

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“World on Fire” is the lead single for the new Dolly Parton album, ‘Rockstar’, and is one of nine original songs on the disc that also features 21 classic rock covers. Photo: Vijat Mohindra


The album’s first single — the Parton-penned “World on Fire” — drops May 11, while the album itself comes out Nov. 17.

“This is a song I felt very inspired to write,” Parton said of the lead single. “I think it speaks about everything and to everyone this day and time. I hope it is something that will touch you and maybe touch enough people to want to make a change for the better.”

Rockstar track list

1. “Rockstar” (with 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 Lee)

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 and special guest Warren Haynes)

9. “What Has Rock and Roll Ever Done for You” (feat. Stevie Nicks and 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 and 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 and Sasha Flute)

21. “We Are the Champions”

22. “Bygones” (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx and 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 and 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 and Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood)

30. “Free Bird” (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and The Artimus Pyle Band)