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Dolly Parton - "Shine"

If you were over the age of ten in 1993, then you pretty much had to hear Collective Soul's anthemic "Shine" at least once a day. And why not? It's got impeccable alt-rock construction where a simple-yet-powerful guitar riff during the verse explodes into a powerful, easy-to-remember chorus topped with overt religious imagery.

It might be the presence of the Lord in Collective Soul's tune that first drew the attention of Dolly Parton, who covered the original in 2001. Immediately noticeable is the all-acoustic arrangement. On Dolly's rendition, Collective Soul's crunchy electric guitar give way to a banjo, acoustic guitar and fiddle, adding some extra pluck (and some extra notes) to the original's stripped down chord progression.

While the melody might stay the same, Dolly's delivery scours away the grunge better than a dish soap commercial. It goes from grunge-gospel to gospel-gospel in no time flat, and if you hadn't heard the original, you could imagine that the tune was written with her honey-sweet vocal stylings in mind.

You can't front on Dolly Parton. The country legend, who's aged nearly as well as Suzanne Somers, has her own theme park, and after 9 to 5, she can do no wrong. If she wants to tastefully cover a grunge hit, then who are we to argue.

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