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Story Behind the Song: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’

In early 2009, Andy Gibson, Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers got together to write a song, with its title already in pocket: "Don't You Wanna Stay." The song they wrote that day ended up being recorded as a power duet by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, for Aldean's My Kinda Party album -- and it became a Top 50 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a Top 20 song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and a multi-week No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. It also became the best-selling country collaboration single in digital history, with over two million copies sold, a record it held until 2014.

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Story Behind the Song: Rascal Flatts, ‘Here’

Rascal Flatts released "Here" in September 2008, as the fifth single from their Still Feels Good album; it became a No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in January 2009. The tune was written by songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson, shortly after Steele lost his 13-year-old-son Alex in an accident on Jan. 28, 2007. Inside, Steele tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Luke Bryan, ‘Rain Is a Good Thing’

As the son of a peanut farmer, Luke Bryan knows the power of rain and how much it can affect people's lives, both positively and negatively. Bryan co-wrote "Rain Is a Good Thing" with Dallas Davidson and released the song in January 2010, as the second single from his Doin' My Thing album. The tune hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and took the No. 2 spot on Billboard's year-end Country Songs chart. Inside, Bryan tells The Boot how he and Davidson were inspired to write the hit.

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Top 10 Road Trip Songs in Country Music

Summer is a great time, as one classic rock song suggests, to "get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway." And nothing beats a cool country soundtrack to crank up while you're exploring those wide-open spaces in your chosen mode of transportation.

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Story Behind the Song: Blake Shelton, ‘All About Tonight’

Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip co-wrote Blake Shelton's 2010 single, "All About Tonight." Released as the first single from Shelton's EP of the same name, "All About Tonight" became the singer's seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and landed at No. 8 on the year-end Billboard Country Songs chart. Inside, Akins tells The Boot about the inspiration for the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: George Strait, ‘The Breath You Take’

The fourth single from George Strait's album Twang, "The Breath You Take" was written by Casey Beathard and the father-daughter team of Dean and Jessie Jo Dillon. The song was released in July of 2010 and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart -- the 83rd Top 10 hit of Strait's career. It also earned a Best Country Song nomination at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Below, the Dillons tell The Boot about writing "The Breath You Take."

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Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘Our Kind of Love’

Lady Antebellum's three members -- Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott -- co-wrote "Our Kind of Love" with songwriter Michael Busbee (known professionally as busbee). After being released as a promotional single for their award-winning Need You Now album in January 2010, the song became the trio's third official single for the record in May 2010 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, Haywood tells The Boot about writing the hit.

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