It's All Wrong, But It's All Right

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"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Here You Come Again
B-side "Two Doors Down"
Released March 1978
Genre Country
Length 3:19
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Dolly Parton
Producer(s) Gary Klein
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Here You Come Again"
"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right"
"Here You Come Again"
"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right"

"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" is a song written and recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton. It was released in March 1978 as the second single from the album Here You Come Again. "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" was Parton's seventh number one country single as a solo artist. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of ten weeks on the country chart.[1] The song was part of a double-A-sided single, "Two Doors Down"/"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right", and while "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" was topping the country singles charts, "Two Doors Down" had been released to pop radio, where it would reach the top 20 on the U.S. Hot 100.


In the song, the narrator calls a man whom she knows casually and suggests a one-time sexual encounter because she's lonely and "needs someone so much". In 1978, Parton -- who'd had a previous song, "The Bargain Store", dropped by a number of country radio stations, when they mistakenly interpreted the lyrics as being sexually suggestive -- explained to Playboy's Lawrence Grobel, that she was surprised at country radio's willingness to play "It's All Wrong but It's All Right", given how sexually suggestive that song's lyrics, in fact, were.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 1979 drama film Norma Rae, in which actress Sally Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal as Norma Rae Webster.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 261. 
  2. ^ "A Candid Conversation with the Curvaceous Queen of Country Music" Playboy Magazine [United States] (October 1978), page 81-110, by Lawrence Grobel
  3. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dolly Parton.
Preceded by
"Every Time Two Fools Collide"
by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 6-May 13, 1978
Succeeded by
"She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime)"
by Johnny Duncan
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 20, 1978