"Love Is Like a Butterfly" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released in 1974 as the first single and title track from the album Love Is Like a Butterfly. "Love Is Like a Butterfly" would become her fourth number one on the country chart as a solo artist. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.[1]

Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976-77 TV variety show Dolly!. She also uses a butterfly as the "W" in the trade dress for her Dollywood theme park.

A version of this song, sung by Clare Torry, was also used as the theme to BBC TV comedy series Butterflies.[2]

On November 27, 2012, Parton sang the song in a duet with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.[3]

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1974) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 38
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2