Real Love (Dolly Parton album)

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Real Love
Real Love (1985).jpg
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released January 21, 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop
Length 35:16
Label RCA Records
Producer David Malloy
Dolly Parton chronology
Once Upon a Christmas (album) (w/Kenny Rogers)
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Real Love
Collectors Series
(1985)Collectors Series1985
Singles from Real Love
  1. "Don't Call It Love"
    Released: January 26, 1985
  2. "Real Love"
    Released: May 25, 1985
  3. "Think About Love"
    Released: November 30, 1985
  4. "Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)"
    Released: May 3, 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Real Love is a 1985 Dolly Parton album. It was her 27th solo studio album. The album was produced by David Malloy (best known for his work with Eddie Rabbitt), and would be Parton's last studio album for RCA Records, her label for the previous eighteen years. The album included the #1 country singles "Real Love" (a duet with Kenny Rogers that also reached #91 on the U.S. pop charts) and "Think About Love", as well as the #3 country single "Don't Call it Love" and the top twenty #17 country single "Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)", as well as a cover of Nanci Griffith's "Once in a Very Blue Moon".

Real Love was released on CD during the official album's release date but went out of print during the early 1990s, and remaining so until it was reissued part of Parton's 2007 European tour and by BMG Germany (a division of Sony/BMG) in a two-fer CD. It was paired with 1983's Burlap & Satin.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Think About Love" Richard "Spady" Brannan, Tom Campbell 3:26
2. "Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)" Jeff Silbar, John Reid 3:27
3. "We Got Too Much" Dolly Parton 3:16
4. "It's Such a Heartache" Even Stevens, Hillary Kanter 3:25
5. "Don't Call It Love" Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow 3:16
6. "Real Love" (with Kenny Rogers) David Malloy, Richard "Spady" Brannon, Randy McCormick 3:54
7. "I Can't Be True" Parton 3:18
8. "Once in a Very Blue Moon" Pat Alger, Gene Levine 3:45
9. "Come Back to Me" Parton 3:36
10. "I Hope You’re Never Happy" Parton 3:55

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[2] 9


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN AC
1985 "Don't Call It Love" 3 12 5 15
"Real Love" (with Kenny Rogers) 1 91 13 1 19
"Think About Love" 1 1
1986 "Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)" 17 20


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Real Love at AllMusic
  2. ^ Real Love at AllMusic

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