I Can Love You Better

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"I Can Love You Better"
Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Wide Open Spaces
B-side "Give It Up or Let Me Go"[1]
Released October 20, 1997
Format CD single, 7-inch
Genre Country
Length 3:07 (radio edit)
3:53 (album version)
Label Monument
Writer(s) Pamela Brown Hayes, Kostas
Producer(s) Paul Worley, Blake Chancey
Dixie Chicks singles chronology
"I Can Love You Better"
(1997)
"There's Your Trouble"
(1998)
Music video
"I Can Love You Better" at CMT.com

"I Can Love You Better" is the title of a debut song written by Pamela Brown Hayes and Kostas, and recorded by American country music group Dixie Chicks. It was released in October 1997 as the first single from the album Wide Open Spaces, and was the first hit of the Natalie Maines era of the group.

The song reached number 7 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks, and represented the group's first real commercial success. The song was included in the set list on the Chicks' 2000 Fly Tour, but not on tours after that. The Dixie Chicks performed a parody of the song, "No Letter Better Than B", on Sesame Street.

Content[edit]

The song's narrator is assuring a man that she can love him better and make him forget his previous love.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine cited the track as "convincing" in his review of the album for Allmusic.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I Can Love You Better" was directed by Chris Rogers. In it, the Dixie Chicks are shown performing the song while in an airport lobby. They are also shown sitting on a moving airport luggage belt, in a bakery, and on a crowded sidewalk.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997-1998) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 77
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 77
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 57

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 127. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wide Open Spaces review". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 13, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dixie Chicks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dixie Chicks.
  5. ^ "Dixie Chicks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dixie Chicks.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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