dolly_LEADA promo shot for Dolly Parton’s 1981 hit, ‘9 to 5’; Photo: N/A

“It takes a lot of money to look this cheap,” goes the wry one-liner Dolly Parton so infamously slings upon herself, a comedic knife she was so well at thrusting into her songs, as well, as with her ’81 country-pop crossover hit, “9 to 5.”

Peaking at number one on the Billboard charts this day in 1981, bossmen worldwide got a sticking to via Parton’s sing-song verse, “You’re just a step on the boss man’s ladder/But you got dreams he’ll never take away.”

Written for the 1980 movie 9 to 5Parton went from country-bumpkin to Dollywood superstar with the can’t-get-a-break working-woman’s anthem, eventually garnering both Academy and Grammy award nominations.

The best part, though, combined with the power of dreams over corporate ladders — Parton’s acrylic fingernail-typewriter click-clacking formulating the song’s rhythm: