9 to 5 (Dolly Parton song)
|"9 to 5"|
|Single by Dolly Parton|
|from the album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs|
|B-side||"Sing for the Common Man"|
|Released||November 29, 1980|
|Recorded||RCA Studios, Nashville; 1980|
|Dolly Parton singles chronology|
"9 to 5" is a song written and originally performed by American country music entertainer Dolly Parton for the 1980 comedy film of the same name. In addition to appearing on the film soundtrack, the song was the centerpiece of Parton's 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs album, released in late 1980. The song was released as a single in November 1980.
The song garnered Parton an Academy Award nomination and four Grammy Award nominations, winning her the awards for "Best Country Song" and "Best Country Vocal Performance, Female". For a time, the song became something of an anthem for office workers in the U.S., and in 2004, Parton's song ranked number 78 on American Film Institute's "100 years, 100 songs".
The song was accompanied by a music video that featured footage of Parton and her band performing, intercut with clips from the film.
The song 9 to 5 was written for the comedy film 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton in her film debut. The song—and film—owe their titles to an organization founded in 1973 with the aim of bringing about better treatment for women in the workplace.
The song is also featured in a musical theater adaptation of the film, featuring a book by the film's original writer, Patricia Resnick, and 20 additional songs written by Dolly Parton. 9 to 5 began previews in Los Angeles on September 9, 2008, and played on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre from April until September 2009 before touring. In 2012, a UK theatre tour of "9 to 5" got underway.
A few months before Parton's song and the film, Scottish singer Sheena Easton released a single called "9 to 5" in the UK. When Easton's song was released in the U.S. the following year it was renamed "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" to avoid confusion. Easton's single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart three months after Parton's song left that spot. Despite similar titles, the two songs are different in lyrical themes. While Parton's song features an empowered (if challenged) working woman, Easton's song features a passive, love-struck woman waiting around at home all day for her lover to return from work.
Although the Parton recording only reached No. 47 in the UK, it remains a popular song on radio and in nightclubs through Britain and was spliced between "Independent Women Part 1" by Destiny's Child and "Eple" by Röyksopp for the Soulwax album As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2.
The song reached number one on the Billboard Country Chart in January 1981. In February 1981, it went to number one both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart, respectively. It became her first No.1 entry on the former.
It peaked at No. 47 in the UK singles chart in 1981. The song has sold 303,511 digital copies in the UK as of July 2014. As of 2017 it is Dolly's biggest download, totaling 340,800, while it’s also been streamed 8.46 million times.
Versions and covers
As early as 1995, a slightly remixed version of the song began appearing on Parton's hits compilations, sometimes faded to its original length and sometimes extended to 3:00. In this remixed version, some guitar is louder while background vocals are lower or missing in some places, and in the 3:00 version some of the horns as heard in the film version of the song can be heard towards the end of the track. The 3:00 version of the song is available on "The Essential Dolly Parton" and "Playlist: The Very Best of Dolly Parton" among others.
In 1981, Kikki Danielsson covered the song on her album Just Like a Woman, and the song remains one of her most famous country music recordings. The song was also covered by Swedish punk band Millencolin and included in their 1999 compilation album The Melancholy Collection, a collection of b-sides and rarities. Mark Wilson also sang "9 to 5" on It Takes Two with Rachael Beck. "9 to 5" was performed with sitar accompaniment in the opening scenes of the 2008 film The Love Guru, sung by the titular character played by Mike Myers; this version appears on the film's soundtrack album.
In 2012, Michelle J. Nasser covered the song in Arabic for the movie The Dictator (2012 film).
It is one of the few Billboard chart songs to feature the clacking of a typewriter. Parton has stated in a number of interviews that when she wrote the song, she devised the clacking typewriter rhythm by running her acrylic fingernails back and forth against one another.
With "9 to 5", Parton became only the second woman to top both the U.S. country singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100 with the same single (the first being Jeannie C. Riley, who had done so with "Harper Valley PTA" in 1968).
The song is the 500th song to top the Billboard Hot 100.
In popular culture
The song is played in a bar on Season 8 Episode 17 of the comedy Will & Grace.
It also appears in the game Karaoke Revolution Country.
On the children's show, Sesame Street, Parton and this song were spoofed, respectively as Polly Darton, performed by veteran Muppeteer Fran Brill, and "Counting One to Five", about the time that Polly went to school, when her teacher asked her to count to five.
VeggieTales also covered "9 to 5" on their 2012 album, "Bob & Larry Go Country".
Remy of Reason TV made an Obamacare remix of the song.
At the end of the Gravity Falls episode Summerween, "9 to 5" played during the credits of the episode with pictures of a pig named Waddles with different memes.
The song is featured in the 1987 animated TV movie Down and Out with Donald Duck.
In 2016, Winn-Dixie reworked "9 to 5" as "Down, Down, Down", in a television campaign advertising the new lower prices store-wide.
In Jock's Life of Mo, the opening song "Man of Mine" is a parody of "9 to 5."
In the 2016 animated film Sing, an unnamed beaver auditions with this song.
The human version of Applejack in Equestria Girls sings a spoof of the song, “5 to 9”, in an Equestria Girls short cartoon about her daily early morning farm chore routine.
- Dolly Parton - vocals & nails
- Jeff Baxter, Marty Walsh - guitars
- Abraham LaBoriel - bass
- Larry Knechtel - piano
- Richard Schlosser - drums
- Leonard Castro - percussion
- William Reichenbach - trombone
- Tom Salviano - saxophone
- Kim S. Hutchroft - baritone saxophone
- Jerry Hey - trumpet
- Denise Maynelli, Stephanie Spruill, Marti McCall - background vocals
- Denise Maynelli DeCaro - vocal contractor
Charts and certifications
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