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Dolly Parton And Pentatonix Performed ‘Jolene’ And It Will Give You Goosebumps

This a cappella version of "Jolene" is beautiful.

If you’re a Dolly Parton fan (or have simply listened to music in the last four decades), you know Parton’s famous song “Jolene, which she released back in 1973.

The now-famous song was Parton’s second solo No. 1 country single. In it, she tells the haunting, pleading tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful woman who is seducing her husband.

(By the way, note the song on the flip side of the single. This is back when there were flip sides. Yes, Parton wrote “I Will Always Love You,” which the late Whitney Houston famously sang in the film “The Bodyguard” back in 1992.)

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The original version of “Jolene” was inspired by an attractive bank teller who flirted with Parton’s then-new husband, Carl Dean.

Despite the song’s popularity at the time it was released and receiving two Grammy nominations, Parton didn’t win a Grammy Award for it until she teamed up with the incomparable a cappella group Pentatonix for a remake. Parton and the five-person group won the Grammy for Country Duo/Group Performance in February 2017.

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Jolene’s enduring popularity was commemorated in 2004 when it made Rolling Stone’s “Greatest 500 Songs of All Time” list—coming in at No. 219 just behind The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe In Magic?”

Check out Parton and Pentatonix’s version and prepare to be wowed:

And if that put you in the mood to hear Parton’s original version, have a listen below:

Craving more Pentatonix? Get your fix from their version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” or tune into their YouTube channel, which is the 50th most-subscribed channel on the platform.

Here’s another video of the group performing “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn. It has more than 9.9 million views (as of April 2018).

You may notice that the group is down to four in this last video. In May 2017, member Avi Kaplan announced that he was leaving Pentatonix in order to spend more time with his family and friends.