Single Women

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"Single Women"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Heartbreak Express
B-side "Barbara on Your Mind"
Released February 1982
Recorded 1981
Genre Country
Length 3:46
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Michael O'Donoghue
Producer(s) Greg Perry
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"The House of the Rising Sun"
"Single Women"
"Heartbreak Express"
"The House of the Rising Sun"
"Single Women"
"Heartbreak Express"

"Single Women" is a song, written by Saturday Night Live writer Michael O'Donoghue. The song, which depicted a number of women looking for love in a singles bar, was originally performed during an SNL sketch by Christine Ebersole on the October 10, 1981 broadcast. The song later provided a top-ten country hit for Dolly Parton from her 1982 Heartbreak Express album. Released as the album's first single in February 1982, it reached number 8 on the U.S. country singles chart in April 1982. The Parton version of the song featured somewhat reworked lyrics, as RCA requested she eliminate the drug references, fearful that they would cause the song to meet resistance on country radio.[1] The song later inspired a 1984 TV movie titled Single Bars, Single Women, starring Tony Danza and Jean Smart, which was produced by O'Donoghue.[2] An abbreviated version of Parton's recording of the song was used as the movie's theme song.


Chart (1982) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 8
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262. 
  2. ^ "Single Bars, Single Women (1984)". IMDb. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dolly Parton.
Preceded by
"Mountain Music"
by Alabama
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 29, 1982
Succeeded by
"Always on My Mind"
by Willie Nelson

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