Home (Dixie Chicks album)

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Studio album by Dixie Chicks
Released August 27, 2002 (2002-08-27)
Genre Bluegrass, country, americana, folk
Length 51:42
Label Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Nashville
Producer Dixie Chicks
Lloyd Maines
Dixie Chicks chronology
Top of the World Tour: Live
(2003)Top of the World Tour: Live2003
Alternative cover
Deluxe edition cover
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Home
  1. "Long Time Gone"
    Released: May 17, 2002
  2. "Landslide"
    Released: September 2, 2002
  3. "Travelin' Soldier"
    Released: December 20, 2002
  4. "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)"
    Released: March 2003
  5. "Top of the World"
    Released: May 2003

Home is the sixth studio album by American country band Dixie Chicks, released in 2002 on Monument/Columbia Records. It is notable for its acoustic bluegrass sound, which stands in contrast with their previous two country pop albums.

The group was promoting the album when lead singer Natalie Maines made controversial comments about U.S. President George W. Bush. The album's third single, "Travelin' Soldier", was #1 on the Billboard Country Chart the week that Maines' comments hit the press.[1] The following week, as many stations started a still-standing boycott of the Chicks' music, the song collapsed. None of their following singles gained traction with country radio.

Despite these events, the album was certified 6× Multi-platinum status by the RIAA and has sold 5,979,000 copies in the United States up to November 2008.[2] The album also featured a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide", which was their biggest pop crossover hit until 2007, when "Not Ready to Make Nice" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album was also successful in Australia, in its 175th week in the country charts it was certified Triple Platinum for shipments of 210,000 copies.[3]

The album was nominated at the 45th Grammy Awards for 6 awards, including their second attempt for Album of the Year. The group went home with 4 in 2003, including Best Country Album, Best Recording Package, Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Lil' Jack Slade", and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Long Time Gone". Additionally, they were nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Darrell Scott was nominated for Best Country Song for Long Time Gone. Two years later, they were nominated and won Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, this time for "Top of the World".

It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and stayed there for 4 non-consecutive weeks. It also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums, and stayed there for 12 non-consecutive weeks.


"Landslide" was originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1975. "Travelin' Soldier" was originally recorded by its writer, Bruce Robison, in 1996, and then in rewritten form, in 1999; Ty England also recorded the song in 1999. "Godspeed" was originally recorded by Radney Foster in 1999; his wife suggested sending it to the Dixie Chicks because Natalie Maines had just had a baby. "Long Time Gone" and "More Love" were originally recorded by Darrell Scott in 2000. "Truth No. 2" and "Top of the World" were originally recorded by Patty Griffin for a 2000 album that went unreleased. "I Believe in Love" made its debut on the 2001 telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (75/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars[5]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Austin Chronicle 2/5 stars[7]
Billboard (favorable)[8]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
E! Online B[4]
Entertainment Weekly A[10]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[11]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[12]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]


The album received critical acclaim from music critics. Metacritic gave the album an aggregated score of 75 (green label), indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Rhapsody ranked the album #1 on its list of "Country's Best Albums of the Decade".[13] Another music blog, Country Universe, named it as the album of the decade.[14] CMT's Craig Shelburne included it on his "A Dozen Favorite Country Albums of the Decade" list.[15] Engine 145 country music blog lists it No. 4 on the "Top Country Albums of the Decade" list.[16] Entertainment Weekly put the album on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying: "Even George W. Bush fans have to respect the Chicks' authentic bluegrass sound on 'Long Time Gone' and 'Landslide'. Okay, maybe they don't. But they should."[17] Allmusic said "They've delivered not just their best album, but what's arguably the best country album yet released in the 2000s. Needless to say, an instant classic."[18]


  • Rhapsody – #1 on its "Country’s Best Albums of the Decade" list[13]
  • Country Universe – #1 Country Album of the Decade[14]
  • Country Universe - #2 on its "100 Greatest Contemporary Country Albums" List [19]
  • CMT – "A Dozen Favorite Country Albums of the Decade" list[15]
  • Engine 145 – #4 on its "Top Country Albums of the Decade" list[16]
  • Entertainment Weekly – #6 Best Album of the Decade[17]
  • Entertainment Weekly - #2 on its "25 Essential Country Albums" list [20]
  • Entertainment Weekly = #85 on its "100 Best Albums from 1983-2008" [21]
  • Texas Music Magazine – #1 Album of the Decade[22]
  • BSC – #67 on its "Best Albums of the Decade" List[23]
  • CMT – #15 on its Top 40 Greatest Country Albums[24]
  • Taste of Country - #27 on its "100 Greatest Country Albums Ever" [25]
  • Saving Country Music - #7 on its "Top 10 Country Albums of the Decade (2001-2010)"[26]
  • Saving Country Music - #31 on its "Saving Country Music's Greatest Albums of All Time"[27]
  • 9513 - #4 on its "Top Country Albums of the Decade" List[28]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Long Time Gone" Darrell Scott 4:10
2. "Landslide" Stevie Nicks 3:50
3. "Travelin' Soldier" Bruce Robison 5:43
4. "Truth No. 2" Patty Griffin 4:28
5. "White Trash Wedding" Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison 2:21
6. "A Home" Maia Sharp, Randy Sharp 4:56
7. "More Love" Gary Nicholson, Tim O'Brien 5:07
8. "I Believe in Love" Maguire, Maines, Marty Stuart 4:14
9. "Tortured, Tangled Hearts" Maguire, Maines, Stuart 3:40
10. "Lil' Jack Slade" (instrumental) Terri Hendrix, Maguire, Lloyd Maines, E. Robison 2:23
11. "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" Radney Foster 4:42
12. "Top of the World" Griffin 6:01


Charts and certifications[edit]


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
2003 Home Best Country Album
2003 Home Best Recording Package
2003 "Lil' Jack Slade" Best Country Instrumental Performance
2003 "Long Time Gone" Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
2005 "Top of the World" Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal


  1. ^ Collins, Roger. "Dixie Chicks Comments". Iomusic News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  2. ^ Grein, Paul. "Chart Watch Extra: Ropin' The Biggest Country Hits" Archived 2008-12-29 at the Wayback Machine.. Yahoo! Music. November 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Top 20 Country Chart - Australian Record Industry Association
  4. ^ a b c d Critic reviews at Metacritic
  5. ^ About.com review
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  8. ^ "Billboard review". Archived from the original on September 11, 2002. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  10. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  11. ^ PopMatters review
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Dixie Chicks". Robert Christgau. 
  13. ^ a b "Country's Best Albums of the Decade" Archived 2010-01-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  14. ^ a b Coyne, Kevin John (December 10, 2009), "The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade, Conclusion: #10-#1", countryuniverse.net, Retrieved March 17, 2010
  15. ^ a b Shelburne, Craig (December 23, 2009), "A Dozen Favorite Country Albums of the Decade", CMT News, Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Top Country Albums of the Decade (#10-#1)", engine145.com, December 10, 2009, Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  17. ^ a b "10 Best Albums of the Decade". Entertainment Weekly. December 17, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010
  18. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Home: Dixie Chicks: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  19. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (December 10, 2009), [1], countryuniverse.net, Retrieved April 24, 2010
  20. ^ [2]. Entertainment Weekly. December 17, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2010
  21. ^ Entertainment Weekly http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207076_20207387_20207337,00.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (December 10, 2009), [3], Retrieved April 12, 2010
  23. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (December 10, 2009), [4], Retrieved April 12, 2010
  24. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (December 10, 2009), [5], Retrieved April 12, 2010
  25. ^ "100 Greatest Country Albums of All Time". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  26. ^ "Top 10 Country Albums of the Decade (2001-2010)". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  27. ^ "Saving Country Music’s Greatest Albums of All Time". Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  28. ^ "Rate Your Music". 
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Home". Music Canada. 
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Home". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Home in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  32. ^ "American album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Home". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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