Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You

Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
B-side "I Knew You When"
Released July 1980
Recorded RCA Studios, Nashville; 1980
Genre Country
Label RCA
Writer(s) Pebe Sebert, Hugh Moffatt
Producer Gary Klein
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Starting Over Again"
"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"
"9 to 5"

"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" was a country song written by Pebe Sebert (Kesha's mother) and Hugh Moffatt. It provided a #14 U.S. country hit for Joe Sun in 1978, and a #86 hit for Brian Collins the same year. It was later covered by Dolly Parton, who took it to the top of the U.S. country charts in August 1980.[1] In the song, the narrator tells their lover not to feel threatened by past affairs for these "old flames" are in the past. Parton included her version on her 1980 Dolly, Dolly, Dolly album, and it was released as the album's second single, after the success, "Starting Over Again".

Chart performance

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262. 

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Preceded by
"Lookin' for Love"
by Johnny Lee
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 27, 1980
Succeeded by
"Do You Wanna Go to Heaven"
by T. G. Sheppard

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