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Alan Jackson
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Story Behind the Song: Alan Jackson, ‘Sissy’s Song’

A tragic event inspired a Top 10 hit for Alan Jackson. The country hitmaker released "Sissy's Song" in March of 2009, as the fourth single from his Good Time album. Below, Jackson tells The Boot more about the song.

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Jason Aldean
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Story Behind the Song: Jason Aldean, ‘She’s Country’

Danny Myrick and Bridgette Tatum co-wrote "She's Country," which Jason Aldean released in December 2008 as the lead single from his 2009 Wide Open album. The song hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in May of 2009 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Inside, Myrick and Tatum explain how they crafted the hit.

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George Strait
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Story Behind the Song: George Strait, ‘River of Love’

Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp and Dennis Morgan are the writers behind George Strait's No. 1 song "River of Love." The King of Country released the tune as the third single from his Troubador album in November of 2008. Inside, the three co-writers tell The Boot how the hit came to be.

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Craig Morgan
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Story Behind the Song: Craig Morgan, ‘Wake Up Lovin’ You’

Craig Morgan took "Wake Up Lovin' You" to the Top 20 on Billboard's Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, but two members of up-and-coming band Old Dominion are the writers behind the hit. Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, along with songwriter Josh Osborne, penned the song, which Morgan recorded and released in July 2013 as the first single from his The Journey (Livin' Hits) album. Inside, Ramsey tells The Boot the story behind the song.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘Feel That Fire’ — Story Behind the Song

Dierks Bentley's sixth Billboard Hot Country Songs No. 1 tune, 'Feel That Fire,' was co-written by Bentley, the Warren Brothers and Brett Beavers. It was released as the lead single from his fourth studio album, of the same name. Inside, Bentley tells The Boot about writing the hit.

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Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert, ‘White Liar’ — Story Behind the Song

Miranda Lambert co-wrote 'White Liar,' the second single from her 'Revolution' album, with Natalie Hemby. The tune became her second Top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and her first Top 40 hit on the Hot 100. It also received three ACM Awards nominations: Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, the last of which she won. Inside, Lambert tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Lady Antebellum, ‘Lookin’ for a Good Time’ — Story Behind the Song

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott co-wrote 'Lookin' for a Good Time,' the second single from their self-titled debut album, along with Keith Follese. The trio released the song in June 2008, and it became their second Top 20 hit on Billboard's country charts; 'Lookin' for a Good Time' peaked at No. 11. Inside, Scott tells The Boot about how the tune came to be.

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Alan Jackson
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Alan Jackson, ‘Chattahoochee’ — Story Behind the Song

Alan Jackson and Jim McBride co-wrote the song 'Chattahoochee' for Jackson's third studio album, 'A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'Bout Love),' released in 1992. The album draws its title from a line in the song, and 'Chattahoochee' was released as the record's third single in May of 1993. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, earned CMA Awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year and claimed the No. 1 spot on the year-end Billboard Country Songs chart. Inside, McBride talks with The Boot about the classic hit.

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift, ‘Our Song’ — Story Behind the Song

Released in September 2007 as the third single from Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album, 'Our Song' became the songstress' first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, where it stayed for six straight weeks, and earned triple-platinum status with the RIAA. The tune also hit the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts. Inside, Swift shares how she wrote 'Our Song.'

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘Long Trip Alone’ — Story Behind the Song

Dierks Bentley released his third studio album for Capitol Nashville, 'Long Trip Alone,' in 2006. Its title track, co-written by Bentley with Brett Beavers and Steve Bogard, was released as the second single in November 2006 and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart; the tune also earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Bentley received three Grammy nominations in 2008 -- Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album -- thanks to the record and song. Inside, he tells The Boot about 'Long Trip Alone''s meaning.

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