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25 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Reaches No. 1 With ‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That’

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25 years ago today (Aug. 5, 1989), Dolly Parton achieved her 16th No.1 hit with her single, ‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That.’ The song was the debut single from her gold-selling 1989 ‘White Limozeen’ album, which was produced by Ricky Skaggs.

Singing, “Why’d you come in here lookin’ like that / In your high heeled boots and your painted-on jeans / All decked out like a cowgirl’s dream / Why’d you come in here lookin’ like that,” the song is a first-person account about a woman whose old flame is parading his new relationships in front of her. Gospel artists Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas co-wrote the track.

‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That’ was followed by Parton’s ‘Yellow Roses’ single, which also soared to the top of the charts.  The album spawned three other Top 40 singles — the gospel song ‘He’s Alive,’ a bluegrass-tinged cover of REO Speedwagon‘s ‘Time for Me to Fly,’ and the album’s title track.

The song also appears on Parton’s 1996 ‘I Will Always Love You and Other Greatest Hits’ collection and 2003′s ‘Ultimate Dolly Parton.’

Download ‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That’ here.

NEXT: The Top 10 Dolly Parton Songs

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