Leave the Pieces

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"Leave the Pieces"
Leavethepieces cover.jpg
Single by The Wreckers
from the album Stand Still, Look Pretty
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2006
Songwriter(s)Billy Austin
Jennifer Hanson
Producer(s)Michelle Branch
John Shanks
The Wreckers singles chronology
"I'm Feeling You"
"Leave the Pieces"
"My Oh My"
Music video
"Leave the Pieces" at CMT.com

"Leave the Pieces" is a song written by Jennifer Hanson and Billy Austin, and recorded by American country music duo The Wreckers for their debut album Stand Still, Look Pretty for which it served as lead single with a February 7, 2006, release.

The single entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 68,:[1] peaking at number 34 on the Hot 100, "Leave the Pieces" rose as high as number 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, the first track by a first-time charting duo to top the Billboard country music chart since 1991, and the first by a female duo since 1953.[2] (The Wreckers had previously appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 with "I'm Feeling You" a collaborative single with Santana). Branch said of the song's success, "To see our hard work in getting this project off the ground result in my first number-one as an artist could not be more meaningful", while Jessica Harp said "It's an amazing feeling to have our debut single go number one, especially getting to share it with my dear friend. The fact that we've achieved such success is something I can't even comprehend yet. I just know that the stars have aligned, and it feels good to be a Wrecker."[3] ("Leave the Pieces" was not actually the Wreckers' debut single: apart from their Santana collaboration "I'm Feeling You" in 2005 the Wreckers had that year had a single release with "The Good Kind" which had bubbled under the Hot 100 with a number 115 peak.)

"Leave the Pieces" was used in the episode "Homecoming and Coming Home" of Hart of Dixie.[4] On April 3, 2012, Michelle Branch performed "Leave the Pieces" in LA with Kelly Clarkson as part of Clarkson's 'Stronger' tour. The song has sold 1,155,000 copies in the United States as of November 2019.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

In December 2006, The Wreckers were nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Leave the Pieces."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 53 for the week of April 15, 2006.[7] It reached No. 1 on the chart dated September 9, 2006.[8] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 22, 2008.[9] It reached over a million in sales by April 2013,[10] and has sold 1,155,000 copies in the United States as of November 2019.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song, directed by Trey Fanjoy. The video features a girl (played by Harp) who is leaving her boyfriend (played by actor Nick Steele), because he is on the fence about their relationship. Harp packs all her clothes and her friend, played by Branch, comes and picks her up. The video includes shots of the women performing on a porch and in/beside an old car, and it topped CMT's Top Twenty Countdown for two consecutive weeks in August 2006.[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian CD single
  1. "Leave the Pieces" (Pop Edit)
  2. "My, Oh My" (Demo Version)
  3. "Stand Still, Look Pretty"

Cover versions[edit]

Holly Tucker and The Swon Brothers performed the song on The Voice (U.S. season 4) during the elimination episode of the 5th week of the live shows.

Hanna Ashbrook and Summer Schappell covered the song on The Voice (U.S. season 9) during the Battles round. Their coach, Gwen Stefani, eventually chose Schappell to move on to the next round of the competition.


Chart (2006) Peak
Brazil (ABPD)[11] 73
Canada Country (Billboard)[12] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[15] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[16] 8


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  2. ^ Bronson, Fred. "Chart Beat". Billboard. August 31, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "The Wreckers' "Leave the Pieces" Hits Number One on Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" Chart". Market Wire. August 28, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2006.
  4. ^ "Hart of Dixie Music - Season 1, Episode 8". The CW. December 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (November 11, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: November 11, 2019". Rough Stock. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "FOX Facts: Complete List of Grammy Award Nominations". Associated Press. December 7, 2006. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  7. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. April 15, 2006.
  8. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. September 9, 2006.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – The Wreckers – Leave the Pieces". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ Paul Grein (April 17, 2013). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "The Wreckers Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "The Wreckers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "The Wreckers Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  15. ^ "The Wreckers Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  16. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.