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Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1999, Dixie Chicks 'Mine'-d Another No. 1 Hit

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Emily Erwin, Natalie Maines and Martie Seidel of The Dixie Chicks pose in their hotel room in Toronto on April 21, 1999.

The act's album "Wide Open Spaces" spun off three Hot Country Songs leaders.

On March 13, 1999, Dixie Chicks' "You Were Mine" jumped 4-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

The ballad was penned by group founders and sisters Martie McGuire and Emily Strayer. Lead vocalist Natalie Maines rounds out the trio.

The song was released as the fourth of five singles from the act's breakthrough 1998 LP Wide Open Spaces, which ruled the Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks. It also generated the Hot Country Songs No. 1s "There's Your Trouble" (in August 1998) and the title track (that November).

Dixie Chicks posted 14 Hot Country Songs top 10s, including six No. 1s, through early 2003. On March 10, 2003, ahead of the Iraq War, Maines said on-stage in London, "We're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas," and their country radio fortunes subsequently froze. They didn't reach the top 10 again until September 2019, as featured on Taylor Swift's No. 10 hit "Soon You'll Get Better" (a peak driven largely by streaming).

This week, Dixie Chicks debut at No. 31 on Hot Country Songs with new single "Gaslighter," which also marks the trio's first Country Airplay entry in 14 years. It's the title track from the act's first album (due May 1) since 2006's Taking the Long Way.