BitchTapes: All “Jolene.” All the time.

Sometimes, I love a song so much that all I want to do is listen to that song over and over and over, until it has become a permanent part of my brain. This is my relationship to Dolly Parton's master work “Jolene.” Some days, all I want is “Jolene,” all the time.  

And thus, my perfect mixtape: 15 versions of “Jolene,” back-to-back-to-back. Enjoy! 


Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

Funny side-note: After I put together this “Jolene” obsessive mixtape, I discovered that Autostraddle did the exact same thing a year ago! Clearly, this is a thing. Also, there are so many “Jolene” covers in the world that our “Jolene”-only tapes actually don't include many of the same versions. The two tapes are best listened to one right after another, in my opinion. 

Track list is below—though reading through it kind of ruins the fun. 

track list for jolene mixtape

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18 Comments Have Been Posted

Even More Jolene

Great work compiling this. I used to do similar in college, but they were never this good.

I know they're not direct covers of the original, but Ray LaMontagne's "Jolene" (and the Zac Brown Band cover of the same) might be excellent addition, if in name only.

Happy listening!

HOLY SHIT! I thought I knew

HOLY SHIT! I thought I knew everything there was to know about the Sisters of Mercy, and I had NO idea they had covered this song! AMAZING!

Unmitigated genius.

Unmitigated genius.

Jolene Party

Did you know there has been a Jolene Party in Lincoln, Nebraska, for over 20 years? A dozen or more local bands all play a cover of Jolene (and some other music too). I wasn't a founding member or anything, so I don't know the whole story of who it got started, but I remember it was interesting. Some really great people, good bands who made solid local music from back in the 90's.

No Geraldine Fibbers?

For shaaame!

It's not a Jolene party

It's not a Jolene party without the Fibbers!!!


Great song list. I once saw Paula Cole do an AMAZING cover of "Jolene" live, but I've never seen a recording of it.

Strawberry Switchblade

I learned about this song via the eighties version by Strawberry Switchblade.

i think the millenials need to watch this too. Love it! :)

Ah, I see you missed my

Ah, I see you missed my favorite one also, Melissa Ethridge did a show with Dolly, and they sang each others songs. Jolene was the best!

Darcy Clay's Jolene, from his

Darcy Clay's Jolene, from his Jesus I Was Evil EP (1997) is the only one for me.

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