Dixie Chicks’ 10 Best Songs Ever

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Despite running into a nationwide whirlwind following controversial comments about President George W. Bush, the Dixie Chicks, made of up Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, are one of country music’s defining groups of the modern era. Catapulted into the limelight with their Wide Open Spaces debut studio effort (1998), the trio mapped out an impressive string of hits rooted in tradition (yet wholly progressive) and a live tour experience seemingly unmatched by anyone else then or since. They later followed with 1999’s Fly, 2002’s Home and 2006’s Taking the Long Way, featuring the anthemic kiss-off  “Not Ready to Make Nice.” Critical acclaim seemed to follow them around like a shadow, even after the fire-swelling comments made during a concert at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre. Regardless, their music has stood the test of time, ranging from their witty barb-like send-ups (“Long Time Gone”) to their sorrowful lamentations (“Cold Day in July”) to their rowdy barn-burners (“Sin Wagon”).

As a tour reunion (of sorts) is just over the horizon, we take a look at 10 of their best songs, including radio-released singles and deeper, more powerful cuts, below:

 

“Not Ready to Make Nice” (from 2006’s Taking the Long Way)

“Tortured, Tangled Hearts” (from 2002’s Home)

“Goodbye Earl” (from 1999’s Fly)

“Wide Open Spaces (from 1998’s Wide Open Spaces)

“Cowboy Take Me Away” (from 1999’s Fly)

“Travelin’ Soldier” (from 2002’s Home)

“Lubbock or Leave It” (from 2006’s Taking the Long Way)

“You Were Mine” (from 1998’s Wide Open Spaces)

“Cold Day in July” (from 1999’s Fly)

“Long Time Gone” (from 2002’s Home)

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