Drive-By Truckers’ Greatest Hits – 1998-2009: What tracks did they miss?

by Woody on July 15, 2011

Drive-By Truckers are releasing a Greatest Hits album, Greatest Hits – 1998-2009: Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians. If you read HearYa, chances are you’re a fan of Drive-By Truckers. DBT is the band that formed the friendship between Oz and myself and subsequently this blog. Now we’re BFF’s and DBT has their first greatest hits album coming out on August 2nd with the following tracks:

01 The Living Bubba
02 Bulldozers and Dirt
03 Ronnie and Neil
04 Zip City
05 Let There Be Rock
06 Marry Me
07 Sink Hole
08 Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
09 Outfit
10 The Righteous Path
11 Gravity’s Gone (Remix)
12 Never Gonna Change
13 3 Dimes Down
14 Lookout Mountain
15 Uncle Frank (Alternate Version)
16 A World of Hurt

When a great band releases a Greatest Hits album, especially when they’ve had zero commercial “hits” to speak of, they are bound to spark debate. DBT fans all have an individual list of favorite songs formed by their preference between three great songwriters, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell, and their taste between big guitar, Southern Rock sounds and back porch ballads.

Our conversation began with the fact that “Women Without Whiskey” was left off the list. That is and will always be my favorite DBT song and I know it’s one of Oz’s top 3 picks. In addition to “Women Without Whiskey,” here are five more picks from each of us that should have been included – even if at the expense of others in the compilation.

Feel free to chime in with your omissions.


  1. Decoration Day
  2. 18 Wheels of Love
  3. Where The Devil Don’t Stay
  4. Daddy Needs A Drink
  5. Road Cases


  1. Puttin’ People On The Moon
  2. Dead Drunk and Naked
  3. Heathens
  4. Goddamn Lonely Love
  5. A Ghost To Most

Drive-By Truckers – Women Without Whiskey (Live at The 40 Watt in Athens, GA)

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

oz July 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Outfit is my favorite DBT tune of all time, but Women Without Whiskey is a close second. What an incredible opening line: “If I ever make it through this year/ I think I’m gonna but this bottle down.”

oz July 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I should I also say that I got serious goosebumps at the 2.26 mark in that video with Isbell, Hood and Cooley all in the frame with Tonya jamming out. Glory days of DBT right there.

BrotherBadSeed July 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Nine Bullets
Southern Thing
Decoration Day
Puttin’ People on the Moon
Daddy’s Cup

Evan July 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

Heathens and Goddamn Lonely Love are the only big omissions I can think of on that list.
But they’re pretty big omissions.

Chauncey July 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

you could put 16 others that are just as good.
Thats the testament to DBT

1. 2 Daughters and a beautiful wife
2. Women without Whiskey
3. The Flying Wallendas
4. My Sweet Annette
5. The Night G.G. Allin Came To Town
6. Buttholeville
7. Decoration Day
8. Heathens
9. Everybody Needs Love
10. The Monument Valley
11. Goddamn Lonely Love
12. Where the Devil Don’t Stay
13. Dancin’ Ricky
14. That Man I Shot
15. The Deeper in
16. Angels and Fusalage

i could go on and on……

Jerome May July 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

“To love is to feel pain, there ain’t no way around it”.

Suzi July 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Decoration Day–all the way

DBT Chicago July 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

definitely puttin’ people on the moon.

decoration day
checkout time in vegas
goddamn lonely love
nine bullets

Zack July 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

When the Pin Hits the Shell
Decoration Day
Tales Facing Up
The Company I Keep
Women Without Whiskey

Connely Farr July 18, 2011 at 1:45 am

let em stir up controversy, this is one of the hardest working and real bands out there… and i’m a damn big fan of “angels and fusalage” myself;) great article…

Ben July 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

One of These Days
Tale’s Facing Up
Women Without Whiskey
Goddamned Lonely Love
The Tough Sell

Also, I think that video is before 2009. Isbell left the band in 2007.

oz July 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

You’re right Ben. I just looked at the date of the video. Just must have taken a couple years to post. I’ll delete that date off there.

moish July 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Agree with all the DBT fans out there. Great band. Tons of great songs. I think you guys hit on all my faves. I might also add Hell No I Ain’t Happy. “There’s a lot of bad wood underneath the veneer” just slays me…

Cowbelle July 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Damn. Tough Call. This should definitely be more than 16 tracks.

But I’d replace10 -15 with these:

Decoration Day
Angels and Fuselage
Goddamn Lonely Love

Tom August 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

1. Where the Devil Don’t Stay
2. Decoration Day
3. Nine Bullets
4. Women Without Whiskey
5. One of These Days

The Icon September 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Where is Shut Up And Get On The Plane?

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