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The Best Dance Tracks of 2019

From French-Canadian electronic producer Marie Davidson's riotously scathing critique of modern capitalism to Dolly Parton's chart-topping foray into the world of EDM, here is a list of some of the year's best dance tracks.

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Whitney Houston: I Wish You Love: More From the Bodyguard

Mixing some bland "alternate" and "film" versions of Whitney Houston's six songs included on The Bodyguard with exemplary live cuts, this latest posthumous collection for the singer focuses on pleasing hardcore fans and virtually no one else.

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Sara Rachele - "I Will Always Love You" (video) (premiere)

Up-and-coming folk performer Sara Rachele brings us her own heartrending take on the Dolly Parton classic.

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Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn

Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist.

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Hello, Dolly: The 10 Best Dolly Parton Songs (Plus One More)

Dolly Parton was perhaps the first country mega-star, and the first to successfully cross-over into the world of pop music. Today, we celebrate her 10 finest achievements as a performer, plus another one that we simply couldn’t forget to mention.

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Miranda Lambert: Platinum

Here's a chart-baiting country album that also happens to be an exploration of the spoils, perils, and hypocrisies of female stardom.

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You Can't Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.

Jonathan Sanders
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Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights

A good holiday album for smart, gentle souls who like fires, sweaters, and evocative songwriting, and who avoid the mall on Black Friday.

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Ten Notable Holiday Songs of the Past 30 Years

These ten songs from the past 30 years are notable for being gifts that keep on giving.

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The Best Country Music of 2011

At first it seemed like an especially quiet year in country music, and in some ways it might have been. At the same time, country is country: it rolls on.

Jedd Beaudoin, Dave Heaton, Josh Langhoff, and Jonathan Sanders
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Dolly Parton: Better Day

The songs are purposefully generic, designed to resonate with the most people at once. Think of this as Dolly’s Life Lessons.

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Saint Fonda in the Backyard: The Iconic Jane Works It Out

Golden Age Hollywood scion, feminist activist, and general all-around bad-ass Jane Fonda is back, and this time she's hitting the campaign trail on behalf of the health of boomers and senior citizens.

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Smart Blonde: Dolly Parton, by Stephen Miller

The frisson between the dual natures of Parton’s appeal, that of a serious musician versus that of a dumb blonde, have made her an enigma.

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Dolly Parton: Backwoods Barbie

Backwoods Barbie has dramatic cheatin’ songs and giddy fun alike, with Parton tapping into both her tacky-glamour persona and her serious songwriting skills for a varied collection of songs that ranks among her best.

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Sarah Borges: Diamonds in the Dark

With her compelling sophomore album, this catchy, rock-country singer-songwriter shows why she should be a star.

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Growing Up Hurts: Dolly Parton's Albums of "Independence"

The songs in the new Dolly Parton re-issue series illustrate her story of attaining stardom, of growing up in a one-room cabin in the mountains of Tennessee as one of 12 children and then leaving that all behind for a career in Nashville.

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9 to 5: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical Bigot Edition (1980)

Producer and star Jane Fonda nails it: 9 to 5 endures because of its 'historical synchronicity.'"

Leigh H. Edwards (Rating: 8; Extras: 8)
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Dolly Parton: The Essential Dolly Parton

Everyone needs a little Dolly.

Maura McAndrew
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Dolly Parton: Live and Well

Anyone who thinks Dolly Parton is just the punch-line to a joke about big breasts has clearly never listened to her music. And those who think her music is aimed squarely at simple country folk . . . well, if they got that impression from listening to the stage patter on her otherwise-enjoyable new live album, it's hard to blame them.

Will Harris
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Dolly Parton

Given the visible solidarity of punk rock lesbians and harmonizing churchgoers, maybe it's time to consider the idea of Ambassador Dolly.

Jennifer Bendery
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Dolly Parton

Charlotte Robinson
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