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"Rockin' Years"
Single by Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Eagle When She Flies and Backroads
B-side "What a Heartache"
Released February 4, 1991[1]
Format 7" single, CD Single
Recorded November 8, 1990[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:25
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Floyd Parton
Producer Steve Buckingham, Gary Smith, Dolly Parton[1]
Dolly Parton chronology
"Take Me Back to the Country"
"Rockin' Years"
"Silver and Gold"
Ricky Van Shelton chronology
"Life's Little Ups and Downs"
"Rockin' Years"
"I Am a Simple Man"

"Rockin' Years" is a song written by Floyd Parton and released as a single in 1991 by American country music artists Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton. Serving as the lead-off single to both Parton's 1991 album Eagle When She Flies and Shelton's 1991 album Backroads, the song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, giving Parton her twenty-third number one and Shelton his eighth.



The song is a mid-tempo country waltz in which two narrators — a male and a female — promise to love each other until their "rockin' years"; i.e., when they are old and sitting in rocking chairs together.

Chart performance

Chart (1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Down Home"
by Alabama
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 27-May 4, 1991
Succeeded by
"If I Know Me"
by George Strait
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 18, 1991
Succeeded by
"Drift Off to Dream"
by Travis Tritt

Other recorded versions

George Jones recorded a version of this song with Parton on his 2008 album Burn Your Playhouse Down - The Unreleased Duets.


  1. ^ a b c (1992) Album notes for Greatest Hits Plus by Ricky Van Shelton [CD]. Columbia Records (52753).


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