License to Chill

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License to Chill
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Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released July 13, 2004
Genre Country
Label Mailboat/RCA
Producer Mac McAnally, Michael Utley
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Far Side of the World
License to Chill
Take the Weather with You
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [2]

License to Chill is the twenty fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and was released in 2004. It is his only album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. License to Chill, released on 13 July 2004, sold 238,600 copies in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On this album, Buffett has many duets with noted country music artists, on country songs including "Hey Good Lookin’" by Hank Williams. This rendition reached No. 8 on the Billboard country singles charts; another single, "Trip Around the Sun" (a duet with Martina McBride) reached No. 20. The album features the most covers he's recorded for an album - 11 of the 16 songs are covers.

This is also the name of his 2004 concert tour, which included two shows at Boston's Fenway Park. In November 2005, Mailboat Records released Live at Fenway Park, a live recording of the two shows. Included was a 55 minute DVD of the show.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hey Good Lookin’" (Hank Williams) - 3:03
  2. "Boats to Build" (Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson) - 2:54
    • feat. Alan Jackson
  3. "License to Chill" (Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Al Anderson) - 3:56
    • feat. Kenny Chesney
  4. "Coast of Carolina" (Buffett, McAnally) - 3:41
  5. "Piece of Work" (William A. Kimbrough) - 3:20
    • feat. Toby Keith
  6. "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" (Bruce Cockburn) - 3:25
  7. "Trip Around the Sun" (Anderson, Stephen Bruton, Sharon Vaughn) - 3:19
  8. "Simply Complicated" (Buffett, Bill Withers) - 2:15
  9. "Coastal Confessions" (Buffett) - 5:27
  10. "Sea of Heartbreak" (Hal David, Paul Hampton) - 4:01
    • feat. George Strait
  11. "Conky Tonkin'" (Buffett, Bingo Gubelman) - 3:47
    • feat. Clint Black
  12. "Playin' The Loser Again" (Bill Withers) - 3:04
  13. "Window on the World" (John Hiatt) - 3:35
  14. "Someone I Used to Love" (Bruce Cockburn) - 3:27
  15. "Scarlet Begonias" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) - 4:33
  16. "Back to the Island" (Leon Russell) - 3:22

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1


Preceded by
The Hunger For More by Lloyd Banks
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 25, 2004 - July 31, 2004
Succeeded by
Autobiography by Ashlee Simpson
Preceded by
Here for the Party
by Gretchen Wilson
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 31 - September 3, 2004
Succeeded by
Horse of a Different Color
by Big & Rich