Rockin' Years

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"Rockin' Years"
Single by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Eagle When She Flies and Backroads
B-side "What a Heartache"[1]
Released February 4, 1991[2]
Format 7" single, CD Single
Recorded November 8, 1990[2]
Genre Country
Length 3:25
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) Floyd Parton
Producer(s) Steve Buckingham, Gary Smith, Dolly Parton[2]
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Take Me Back to the Country"
(1990)
"Rockin' Years"
(1991)
"Silver and Gold"
(1991)
Ricky Van Shelton singles chronology
"Life's Little Ups and Downs"
(1990)
"Rockin' Years"
(1991)
"I Am a Simple Man"
(1991)

"Rockin' Years" is a song written by Floyd Parton, and recorded as a duet by American country music artists Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton. it was released in February 1991 as the lead-off single to both Parton's album Eagle When She Flies and Shelton's album Backroads. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, giving Parton her twenty-third number one and Shelton his eighth. The song would be Parton's last chart-topper until 2005.

Content[edit]

The song is a mid-tempo country waltz in which two narrators — a male and a female — promise to love each other until their "rockin' years"; i.e., when they are old and sitting in rocking chairs together.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 33
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 29
Preceded by
"Down Home"
by Alabama
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 27-May 4, 1991
Succeeded by
"If I Know Me"
by George Strait
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 18, 1991
Succeeded by
"Drift Off to Dream"
by Travis Tritt

Other recorded versions[edit]

An unreleased duet between George Jones and Parton was recorded in 1988 but remained unreleased until the release of his 2008 album Burn Your Playhouse Down - The Unreleased Duets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 315–317. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Greatest Hits Plus (CD). Ricky Van Shelton. Columbia Records. 1992. 52753. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 18, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dolly Parton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dolly Parton.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.