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License to Chill
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 13, 2004
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Far Side of the World
License to Chill
Take the Weather with You
Singles from License to Chill
  1. "Hey, Good Lookin'"
    Released: May 17, 2004
  2. "Trip Around the Sun"
    Released: August 30, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone [2]

License to Chill is the twenty-fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and was released on July 13, 2004, by Mailboat and RCA Nashville.

On this album, Buffett has many duets with noted contemporary 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. It sold 238,600 copies in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan and became his only album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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

1."Hey, Good Lookin'" (featuring Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait)Hank Williams3:03
2."Boats to Build" (featuring Alan Jackson)Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson2:54
3."License to Chill" (featuring Kenny Chesney)Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Al Anderson3:56
4."Coast of Carolina"Buffett, McAnally3:41
5."Piece of Work" (featuring Toby Keith)William A. Kimbrough3:21
6."Anything, Anytime, Anywhere"Bruce Cockburn3:25
7."Trip Around the Sun" (featuring Martina McBride)Anderson, Stephen Bruton, Sharon Vaughn3:19
8."Simply Complicated"Buffett, Bill Withers2:15
9."Coastal Confessions"Buffett5:27
10."Sea of Heartbreak" (featuring George Strait)Hal David, Paul Hampton4:01
11."Conky Tonkin'" (featuring Clint Black)Buffett, Bingo Gubelman3:47
12."Playin' the Loser Again" (featuring Bill Withers)Bill Withers3:04
13."Window on the World"John Hiatt3:35
14."Someone I Used to Love" (featuring Nanci Griffith)Bruce Cockburn3:27
15."Scarlet Begonias"Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter4:33
16."Back to the Island"Leon Russell3:22


Backing Vocals



  1. ^ License to Chill at AllMusic
  2. ^ archive
  3. ^ "Jimmy Buffett Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Buffett Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2004". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2004". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2005". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.