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A selection of songs that have made Country music history from the 50s to the present day. With Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Charlie Pryde, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Conway Twitty, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, The Chicks, Roseanne Cash, Kacey ...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
I Walk the Line (Stereo Version)
Johnny Cash I Walk the Line (Stereo Version) 00:02:36

John R. Cash, Composer, Lyricist - Sam Phillips, Producer - Johnny Cash, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Athens, Engineer - Mark Wilder, Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Co-Producer - Darcy M. Proper, Mastering Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Co-Producer

Originally released 1964. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

2
Jolene
Dolly Parton Jolene 00:02:43

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment

3
On the Road Again (Live)
Willie Nelson The Essential Willie Nelson 00:02:33

Willie Nelson, Associated Performer, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment

4
The Pill (Single Version)
Loretta Lynn Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection 00:02:37

Owen Bradley, Producer - Loretta Lynn, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Don McHan, ComposerLyricist - T.D. Bayless, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Mama Tried
Merle Haggard Mama Tried/ Pride In What I Am 00:02:14

Merle Haggard, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2006 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2006 Capitol Records Nashville

Larry Butler, Producer - BILLY SHERRILL, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist - Don Alan Schlitz Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 2006 Capitol Records Nashville

7
Wichita Lineman
Glen Campbell Essential 00:03:05

Jimmy Webb, ComposerLyricist - Glen Campbell, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Al De Lory, Producer

(C) 2003 EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2003 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Kiss An Angel Good Morning (Live)
Charlie Pryde Live In Concert 00:02:09

Charlie Pryde, Performer - (Peters), Composer, Writer

Peacock Records Ltd. Peacock Records Ltd.

Sir Douglas Quintet, MainArtist - Doug Sahm, Guitar, Fiddle, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Morin, Trumpet, A & R, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Healy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Augie Meyers, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - George Horn, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Perez, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Venable, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amigos De Musica, Producer - Harvey Kagan, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Wildwood Flower
The Carter Family The Essential Carter Family 00:03:10

The Carter Family, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Recording Engineer, Associated Performer, Recording Engineer - A.P. Carter, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1928. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hank Williams 20 Of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 00:02:49

Hank Williams, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - FRED ROSE, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer, Co-Producer

A Mercury Nashville Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Jimmie Haskell, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Gordon, Producer - Joe Polito, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobbie Gentry, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Capitol Records Nashville

13
This Land Is Your Land
Woody Guthrie My Dusty Road 00:02:46

Woody Guthrie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Herbert Harris, Producer - Moses Asch, Producer

℗ 2009 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

14
Stand By Your Man (Album Version)
Tammy Wynette Stand By Your Man 00:02:37

T. Wynette, Composer - T. Wynette, Lyricist - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer - Didier Deutsch, Mastering Engineer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mixing Engineer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Tammy Wynette, Performer - B. Sherrill, Composer - B. Sherrill, Lyricist - Billy Sherrill, Producer

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
I Fall To Pieces (Single Version)
Patsy Cline Showcase 00:02:50

Hank Garland, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - FLOYD CRAMER, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Cochran, ComposerLyricist - Harlan Howard, ComposerLyricist - Owen Bradley, Producer - The Jordanaires, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Bradley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Patsy Cline, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Moore, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hargus Robbins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Hughes, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Kirkham, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A MCA Nashville Release; ℗ 1961 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
He Stopped Loving Her Today (Album Version)
George Jones I Am What I Am (Expanded Edition) 00:03:15

Billy Sherrill, Producer - C. Putman, Composer - C. Putman, Lyricist - B. Braddock, Composer - B. Braddock, Lyricist - Millie Kirkham, Background Vocal - Bill McElhiney, Arranger - George Jones, Vocal - George Jones, Performer - Ron Reynolds, Engineer - The Jordanaires, Background Vocal - Lou Bradley, Engineer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Entertainment

17
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Kitty Wells 20th Century Masters: The Best of Kitty Wells - The Millennium Collection 00:02:31

Paul Cohen, Producer - Kitty Wells, MainArtist - Joseph D. Miller, ComposerLyricist

An MCA Nashville Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Big Bad John (Album Version)
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean'S Greatest Hits 00:03:01

Don Law, Producer - Frank Jones, Producer - HOLLIS FLATT, Mastering Engineer - J.V. CARLSON, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Dean, Composer - Jimmy Dean, Lyricist - Jimmy Dean, Performer - K. ESTES, A&R Coordinator - M.C. RATHER, Mastering Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Vic Anesini, Re-Mixer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records a division of Sony Music Entertainment

19
If I Had A Boat
Lyle Lovett Pontiac 00:03:07

Lyle Lovett, MainArtist

1987 Curb Records, Inc. 2015 Curb Records, Inc.

20
Mountain Music
Alabama Greatest Hits 00:04:12

Harold Shed, Producer - Randy Owen, Composer - Randy Owen, Lyricist - Alabama, Performer - Alabama, Producer

(P) 1982 Sony Music Entertainment

B. Wills, Composer, Lyricist - Leon McAuliffe, Steel Guitar - Wayne Johnson, Saxophone - Art Satherley, Producer - Bob Wills, Fiddle - Eldon Shamblin, Guitar - Tommy Duncan, Vocal - Johnnie Lee Wills, Banjo - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Ashlock, Fiddle - Joe Ferguson, Saxophone - Herman Arnspiger, Guitar - Smoky Dacus, Drums - Al Stricklin, Piano - Son Lansford, Bass - Zeb McNally, Saxophone - Everett Stover, Trumpet - Louie Tierney, Saxophone - Tiny Mott, Saxophone - Tubby Lewis, Trumpet

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

22
Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
Ray Charles Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2 00:02:07

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation, Under exclusive license to Concord Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

23
Top of the World (Single Version)
Lynn Anderson 16 Biggest Hits 00:02:55

Glenn Sutton, Producer - John Bettis, Lyricist - John Bettis, Composer - R. Carpenter, Composer - R. Carpenter, Lyricist - Lynn Anderson, Vocal - Lynn Anderson, Performer

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment

24
Linda On My Mind (Single Version)
Conway Twitty 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Conway Twitty 00:02:41

Owen Bradley, Producer - CONWAY TWITTY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An MCA Nashville Release; ℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time (78rpm Version)
Lefty Frizzell Look What Thoughts Will Do 00:02:53

Jim Beck, Composer - Jim Beck, Lyricist - Lefty Frizzell, Guitar - Lefty Frizzell, Composer - Lefty Frizzell, Performer - Lefty Frizzell, Lyricist - Bob Irwin, Producer - Debra Parkinson, Mastering Engineer - Debra Parkinson, Mixing Engineer

Originally released 1950. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

26
Take Me Home, Country Roads
John Denver John Denver's Greatest Hits 00:03:13

Bill Danoff, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Taffy Danoff, Background Vocal - Mary Danoff, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Taylor, Guitar - Taffy Nivert Danoff, Composer, Lyricist - Frank Owens, Piano - Milton Okun, Producer - Gary Chester, Drums - John Denver, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Eric Weissberg, Banjo, Steel Guitar - Ray Hall, Recording Engineer - Richard Kniss, Bass - Jean Kaplow, Assistant Producer - Fat City, Background Vocal

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

27
The Ballad of Sally Rose (2017 Remaster)
Emmylou Harris The Ballad of Sally Rose 00:02:47

Emory Gordy, Jr., Acoustic Guitar, Bass - John Jarvis, Keyboards - Paul Kennerley, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Barry Tashian, Acoustic Guitar - Hank DeVito, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dobro - Ray Flacke, Electric Guitar - Steve Cash, Harmonica - Linda Ronstadt, Background Vocals - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Waylon Jennings, Guitar - Vince Gill, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals - Paul Kennerly, Writer - Albert Lee, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin - Dolly Parton, Background Vocals - Gail Davies, Background Vocals - Shane Keister, Keyboards - Tom Roady, Percussion - Larrie Londin, Drums, Percussion - BOBBY THOMPSON, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar - EMMYLOU HARRIS, Acoustic Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Gary Scruggs, Harmonica - Buddy Spicher, Fiddle - Bessyl Duhon, Accordion - Barbara Cowart, Background Vocals - Phillip Donelly, Electric Guitar

2018, 1985 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 1984 Warner Records Inc. 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

28
Funnel Of Love
Wanda Jackson The Complete Singles As & Bs 1954-62 00:02:08
29
Me and Bobby McGee
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson 00:04:24

Kris Kristofferson, Associated Performer, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - Fred Foster, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

30
Lungs
Townes Van Zandt Townes Van Zandt 00:02:29

Townes Van Zandt, MainArtist

(C) 2007 Fat Possum Records (P) 2007 Fat Possum Records

31
Walkin' the Floor over You
Various Artists Bouquet of Roses 00:02:02

Ernest Tubb, Artist, MainArtist - Ernest Dale Tubb, Composer, Author

2020 Dancing City Entertainment 2020 Dancing City Entertainment

32
Tennessee Border No. 1
Tennessee Ernie Ford Capitol Collectors Series 00:02:25

Jimmy Work, ComposerLyricist - Lee Gillette, Producer - Tennessee Ernie Ford, MainArtist

(C) 1991 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1949 Capitol Records Nashville

33
Sin City
The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace Of Sin 00:04:08

Chris Hillman, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Ethridge, Bass Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gram Parsons, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Larry Marks, Producer - The Flying Burrito Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

34
Lafayette
Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues 00:03:44

Lucinda Williams, MainArtist

(C) 1990 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (P) 1990 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

35
Paradise
John Prine John Prine 00:03:14

John Prine, Composer, Lyricist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Arif Mardin, Producer - Neal Rosengarden, Bass Guitar - STEVE GOODMAN, Acoustic Guitar - Dave Prine, Violin

© 1972 Atlantic Records ℗ 1972 Atlantic Records

36
Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys (Remastered For Buddha - October 30, 2000)
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson Waylon & Willie 00:02:37

Elliot Federman, Re-Mastering Engineer - Mike Hartry, Producer - Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, Performer - Ed Bruce, Composer - Ed Bruce, Lyricist - Patsy Bruce, Composer - Patsy Bruce, Lyricist - Chips Moman, Producer

(P) 1978 Sony Music Entertainment

37
Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Shania Twain Come On Over 00:03:53

Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Hobbs, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Leim, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DANN HUFF, Electric Sitar, AssociatedPerformer - MIKE SHIPLEY, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF BALDING, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - BIFF WATSON, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olle Romo, Programmer - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Chemay, Electric Bass, Fretless Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Hagen, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Shania Twain, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1997 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Voni Morrison, Composer - John Russell, Composer - Buck Owens & The Buckaroos, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Omnivore Recordings, a division of Omnivore Entertainment Group, LLC (P) 2016 Buck Owens Enterprises. Courtesy of the Buck Owens Family

39
You're My Best Friend
Don Williams You're My Best Friend 00:02:48

Don Williams, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayland D. Holyfield, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

40
She's In Love With The Boy (Album Version)
Trisha Yearwood Greatest Hits 00:04:04

Garth Fundis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Trisha Yearwood, MainArtist - Jon Ims, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

41
The Thunder Rolls
Tanya Tucker Tanya Tucker 00:04:03

Jerry Crutchfield, Producer - Pat Alger, Composer - Tanya Tucker, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Garth Brooks, Composer

A Capitol Records Nashville release; ℗ 1994 Capitol Records, LLC

42
Mud on the Tires
Brad Paisley Mud On The Tires 00:03:28

Brad Paisley, Composer - Brad Paisley, Lyricist - Brad Paisley, Performer - Chris DuBois, Composer - Chris DuBois, Lyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal

(P) 2003 Sony Music Entertainment

43
Before He Cheats
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts 00:03:19

Carrie Underwood, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Chris Tompkins, Composer, Lyricist - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Jimmie Lee Sloas, Bass Guitar - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar - Josh Kear, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Bukovac, Electric Guitar - J.T. Corenflos, Electric Guitar - Steve Nathan, Keyboards - Jonathan Yudkin, Fiddle - Mike Johnson, Steel Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Wes Hightower - Lisa Cochran - MARK BRIGHT, Producer - Derek Bason, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Chris Ashburn, Assistant Engineer - Mike Boden, Assistant Engineer - Nick Holman, Assistant Engineer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2005 19 Recordings Limited

44
John Henry
Various Artists Harp Blowers (1925-1936) 00:03:11

De Ford Bailey, MainArtist

(C) 1993 Document Records (P) 1993 Document Records

46
Poor Boy Blues (Album Version)
Mark Knopfler Neck And Neck 00:04:01

Guy Fletcher, Bass - Larrie Londin, Drums - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar - Chet Atkins, Guitar - P. Kennerley, Composer - P. Kennerley, Lyricist - Mark Knopfler, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Guitar - Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins, Performer

(P) 1990 Sony Music Entertainment

47
Wild One (Album Version)
Faith Hill Take Me as I Am 00:02:44

Gary Burr, Background Vocals - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Will Rambeaux, Writer - Karen Staley, Background Vocals - Pat Bunch, Writer - Stuart Duncan, Mandolin, Fiddle - Pam Rose, Background Vocals - Mary Ann Kennedy, Background Vocals - Victoria Shaw, Background Vocals - Lari White, Background Vocals - Faith Hill, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Mark Luna, Background Vocals - Larry Stewart, Background Vocals - Michael Rhodes, Bass Guitar - Bill Cuomo, Synthesizer - Dan Huff, Electric Guitar - DENNY PURCELL, Mastering Engineer - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel Guitar - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar - Terry McMillan, Cymbals, Tambourine, Congas - John Kelton, Audio Recording Engineer - John Catchings, Cello - SCOTT HENDRICKS, Producer, Additional Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Don Potter, Acoustic Guitar - John Kunz, Assistant Engineer, Co-ordinator Production - Amy Hughes, Assistant Engineer - John Barlow Jarvis, Piano - CINDY RICHARDSON-WALKER, Background Vocals - Noel Hazen, Assistant Engineer - Herb Tassin, Assistant Engineer - Shawn McLean, Assistant Engineer - John Dickson, Assistant Engineer - Ron Wallace, Background Vocals - Wayne Morgan, Assistant Engineer - JAIME KYLE, Writer

1993 Warner Records Inc. 1994 Warner Records Inc.

48
You'll Think Of Me (Single Version)
Keith Urban Greatest Hits 00:03:51

Ty Lacy, ComposerLyricist - Darrell Brown, ComposerLyricist - Jimmie Lee Sloas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Dugmore, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - DANN HUFF, Producer - Steve Nathan, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Joseph Matkosky, ComposerLyricist

© 2007 Capitol Records Nashville. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records Nashville, 3322 West End Avenue, 11th Floor, Nashville, TN 37203 A Capitol Records Nashville release; ℗ 2002 Capitol Records, LLC

49
Not Ready to Make Nice (Album Version)
The Chicks The Essential The Chicks 00:03:59

Chris Testa, Recording Engineer - Dan Wilson, Composer - Dan Wilson, Lyricist - Dixie Chicks, Performer - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Acordeon - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Background Vocal - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Banjo - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Composer - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Electric Guitar - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Lyricist - Emily Burns Erwin Robison, Sitar - Jim Scott, Recording Engineer - John Netti, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Dean, 2nd Engineer - Lindsay Chase, Coordinator - Martha Eleanor Seidel Maguire, Background Vocal - Martha Eleanor Seidel Maguire, Composer - Martha Eleanor Seidel Maguire, Lyricist - Martha Eleanor Seidel Maguire, Mandolin - Martha Eleanor Seidel Maguire, Viola - Martha Eleanor Seidel Maguire, Violin - Natalie Louis Maines Pasdar, Background Vocal - Natalie Louis Maines Pasdar, Composer - Natalie Louis Maines Pasdar, Lyricist - Natalie Louis Maines Pasdar, Vocal - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer - Richard Dodd, Mixing Engineer - Rick Rubin, Producer - Vanessa Parr, 2nd Engineer

(P) 2006 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

50
Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die) (Album Version)
Joe Diffie 16 Biggest Hits 00:03:46

Kim Morrison, Background Vocal - Yvonne Hodges, Background Vocal - Kerry Kurt Phillips, Composer - Kerry Kurt Phillips, Lyricist - Howard Perdew, Composer - Howard Perdew, Lyricist - Carl Jackson, Background Vocal - Pierce Jackson, Background Vocal - Matt Rollings, Keyboards - Jim Hoke, Guitar - Joe Diffie, Background Vocal - Joe Diffie, Performer - Rick Blaylock, Composer - Rick Blaylock, Lyricist - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar - Larry Paxton, Bass - Tim Mensy, Background Vocal - Tim Mensy, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Denny Purcell, Mastering Engineer - John Hughey, Guitar - John Dixon, 2nd Engineer - John Wesley Ryles, I, Background Vocal - Gene Eichelberger, Engineer - Cathy Moore, Assistant Producer - Stuart Duncan, Fiddle - Johnny Slate, Producer - Bruce Bouton, Guitar - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Bill Hullett, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bob Montgomery, Producer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar - Daniel Johnston, 2nd Engineer - Kenny Bell, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Mims, Electric Guitar - Lee Bogan, Background Vocal - Walt Cunningham, Keyboards - Dave Pomeroy, Bass - Lonnie Wilson, Drums

(P) 1993 Sony Music Entertainment

About Playlist

A selection of songs that have made Country music history from the 50s to the present day. With Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Charlie Pryde, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Conway Twitty, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, The Chicks, Roseanne Cash, Kacey Musgraves, and more.

Photo: Dolly Parton

The Chicks in 10 Songs

by Shelly Ridenour

One of the most polarizing bands around, the Dixie Chicks—as of June 2020, simply The Chicks—have never toed the line so many women in country music were once expected to.

"Travelin' Soldier" from Home (2002) In 2003, The Chicks set off a culture war with this song, a sentimental ballad about a girl pining for a pen pal killed in Vietnam. It was nine days before the start of the Iraq War, and the band was playing a show in London. Before launching into this, their latest single, Natalie told the crowd "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence. And we're ashamed the president of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas." The crowd applauded, but the reverberations of Natalie's statement carried back across the Atlantic, kicking up a backlash that would be felt for years. Country music radio stations banned the band, onetime fans burned their albums, and the trio received death threats—but The Chicks stood firm.

"Not Ready to Make Nice" from Taking the Long Way (2006) By 2006, however, the world's take on the war had changed—and radio was, once again, ready for The Chicks. Apologies were not in order: Instead, the trio doubled down with "Not Ready to Make Nice," a gorgeous tune produced by music outlaw Rick Rubin that doesn't play coy: "It's too late to make it right, probably wouldn't if I could/ Cause I'm mad as hell and I can't bring myself to do what it is you think I should." As Natalie addresses the death threats made against her, a chorus of strings defiantly rises. The band was rewarded for standing their ground, as this became their biggest crossover hit—reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning both Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys.

"Daddy Lessons" with Beyoncé (2016) After performing with Beyoncé at the CMA Awards, The Chicks appeared on a remix of this zydeco-flavored single from the singer's Lemonade album. A rollicking good time, punctuated with harmonica that sounds powered by humidity, the song's spirit perfectly fits The Chicks' strong-woman MO: "'When trouble comes to town and men like me come around/ Oh, my daddy said, 'shoot,'" Natalie and Beyoncé purr like twin engines. When the party breaks down into Martie's fiddle solo from The Chicks' 2002 track "Long Time Gone"—boosted by second-line parade drums—and Beyoncé harmonizes with the trio on the lines "Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard/ They've got money but they don 't have Cash," it's American perfection.

"Gaslighter" from Gaslighter (2020) The band's first single in 13 years, this joyous track calls out an ex-lover's—presumably, Natalie's former husband, Pasdar—dishonorable actions with brutal, straight-to-the-point lines like "Boy, you know exactly what you did on my boat/ And, boy, that's exactly why you ain't comin' home." (The title is a reference to the 1944 movie Gaslight, about a woman whose husband tricks her into thinking she's crazy.) Set to a sunny guitar strum and cheerful drumbeat, and with an irresistible chorus, it's the ultimate kiss-off. It also promises that the band's latest studio album, produced by Jack Antonoff (a go-to producer for LordeTaylor Swift and Lana del Rey), will be full of surprising turns.

"March March" from Gaslighter (2020) With this, their third single from Gaslighter, the band reinvented as The Chicks, apparently distancing themselves from the Confederate-Era South connotations of "Dixie." The move came amidst 2020's protests against social and racial injustices, and the song itself references reproductive legislation, climate change, gun control and other hot-button issues. “Standin' with Emma and our sons and daughters,” Natalie sings, name-checking young activist Emma Gonzalez. "Watchin' our youth have to solve our problems … March, march to my own drum." Musically, it's one of the most spare tracks the band has ever recorded: a deep drum tattoo and rhythmic electronic bleep sound like an amplified heartbeat being monitored for vital signs, before giving way to haunting fiddle and urgent handclaps.

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