Dolly Parton is named the greatest country artist ever in Smooth Country Icons 2022

21 October 2022, 13:00

Dolly Parton wins Smooth Country Icons 2022
Dolly Parton wins Smooth Country Icons 2022. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

After thousands of votes, we have crowned the winner of Smooth Country Icons 2022!

Dolly Parton has been voted by Smooth Country listeners as the best country artist of all time in the third annual Smooth Country Icons countdown.

It's the second time Dolly has taken the crown, having won the first chart in 2020, before Taylor Swift topped the poll last year. Taylor dropped to number 10 this time around.

The 'Jolene' star beat fellow country legends Luke Combs into second place, followed by Carrie Underwood in third. Her 'Islands in the Stream' duet partner Kenny Rogers was fourth, and Shania Twain fifth.


Eamonn Kelly counted down the Smooth Country Icons chart on Smooth Country on Friday (October 21), after an online vote asked listeners to vote for their favourite country artists of all time.

If you missed the countdown, you can listen again on Global Player for seven days after broadcast.