“Jolene” is a song that was written a few decades ago and is considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time. However, it remains interesting to understand why “Jolene” by Dolly Parton appeals to a large audience that goes beyond culture and genre. The following essay will explore this question by discussing the song as a story of love, its simplicity, and relatability.
One of the reasons why this song appeals to many people is its universality. “Jolene” tells the story of the love and desperation of a young woman who does not want to lose her man. Every single individual is acquainted with the concept of love; therefore, they can easily identify with the emotions of the singer.
Furthermore, the song is simple which makes it memorable. “Jolene” has only 200 words and, as mentioned by the singer herself, its simplicity and melody are what makes it so catchy and popular among individuals (“Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” still haunts singers,” 2008). Thus, the song should not be sophisticated to make an influence.
Finally, the song appeals to everyone because of its relatability. In addition to knowing what love is, people have a Jolene in their life (“Dolly Parton’s “Jolene: still haunts singers,” 2008). Thus, while listening to the song, they can apply it to their life situations and relationships.
Overall, “Jolene” by Dolly Parton is an iconic and authentic song that still influences the listeners. Every single person con appeal to this song because everyone knows what is love and jealousy. Hence, the paper discussed why “Jolene” appeals to a large audience by exploring it as a story of love, its simplicity, and relatability.
Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” still haunts singers. (2008). NPR. Web.