The Essential Dixie Chicks

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The Essential Dixie Chicks
Compilation album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)
LabelSony Music Australia
ProducerVarious original producers
Dixie Chicks chronology
Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks
The Essential Dixie Chicks

The Essential Dixie Chicks is a 2010 greatest hits album from American country music group Dixie Chicks. The pair of discs contain thirty songs personally selected by the Dixie Chicks from their fourth through seventh studio albums. The album is a part of the Sony Music's The Essential series. The album was released in countries such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on August 24, 2010, and was released in the United States on October 26 of that year.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the compilation 4.5 stars out of 5, saying that "Some may grumble about the sequencing, but it flows nicely and has all the hits while illustrating the depth of the band’s catalog, which is enough to make it as essential as billed."[1] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave it an identical rating, also praising it as a "comprehensive" representation of the group's career, although he criticized it for omitting "Cold Day in July" and including too many album cuts from Taking the Long Way in comparison to their other albums.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Not Ready to Make Nice"
  2. "The Long Way Around"
  3. "Easy Silence"
  4. "Lubbock or Leave It"
  5. "Bitter End"
  6. "Silent House"
  7. "Lullaby"
  8. "Everybody Knows"
  9. "Long Time Gone"
  10. "Travelin' Soldier"
  11. "Landslide"
  12. "Lil' Jack Slade"
  13. "Truth No. 2"
  14. "White Trash Wedding"
  15. "Top of the World"

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Ready to Run"
  2. "Cowboy Take Me Away"
  3. "Goodbye Earl"
  4. "Some Days You Gotta Dance"
  5. "Heartbreak Town"
  6. "Sin Wagon"
  7. "Without You"
  8. "Let Him Fly"
  9. "Wide Open Spaces"
  10. "There's Your Trouble"
  11. "You Were Mine"
  12. "I Can Love You Better"
  13. "Tonight the Heartache's on Me"
  14. "Give It Up or Let Me Go"
  15. "I Believe in Love"


Chart (2010–16) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 16
New Zealand Albums Chart 3
Swedish Albums Chart 19
US Billboard 200[3] 179
US Billboard Country Albums[4] 40


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Essential Dixie Chicks review". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  2. ^ Peacock, Bobby. "The Essential Dixie Chicks review". Roughstock. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Dixie Chicks Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Chart positions for The Essential Dixie Chicks". Allmusic. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Dixie Chicks – The Essential". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 16, 2020. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Essential in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.