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Toby Keith
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Toby Keith, ‘Red Solo Cup’ — Story Behind the Song

In his illustrious career, Toby Keith has only released two radio singles he didn't write: 'American Ride' and 'Red Solo Cup.' For the country powerhouse to cut an outside song, it's gotta be pretty amazing ... or pretty ridiculous.

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Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert, ‘Heart Like Mine’ — Story Behind the Song

Before becoming a reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and one-half of one of country music's royal couples, Miranda Lambert was one of countless aspiring singers hoping to catch a break on the reality series 'Nashville Star.'

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ’5-1-5-0′ — Story Behind the Song

Dierks Bentley co-wrote '5-1-5-0' with Brett and Jim Beavers for his album 'Home.' While it's not a reflection of his own experience with the law, the title of the song is California's police code for a person involuntarily confined by officers after being deemed mentally unstable and potentially dangerous. Bentley explains that the whole idea for the song may have been planted in him as early as 13 years old.

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Randy Houser
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Randy Houser, ‘Runnin’ Outta Moonlight’ — Story Behind the Song

In this exclusive video, Ashley Gorley talks about writing Randy Houser's hit 'Runnin' Outta Moonlight.' It was the second single from Houser's third studio album, the platinum-selling 'How Country Feels.' Dallas Davidson and Kelley Lovelace also helped pen the tune.

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Jamey Johnson
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Jamey Johnson, ‘In Color’ — Story Behind the Song

In this exclusive video, Lee Thomas Miller talks about writing Jamey Johnson's 'In Color,' which won Song of the Year at the ACM and CMA Awards in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and was certified gold in 2010.

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Little Big Town, ‘The Reason Why’ — Story Behind the Song

Little Big Town wrote 'The Reason Why,' the title track to their 2010 album with producer Wayne Kirkpatrick, when they gathered at his Nashville-area home to write for the disc. For the quartet, the song sums up their joy in finding their spouses, having their children and finding each other.

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, ’1994′ — Story Behind the Song

Thomas Rhett was just four years old in 1994, but having singer Rhett Akins for a dad, he was, naturally, already a music fan. One of his favorite singers at the time was country crooner Joe Diffie, who scored five No. 1 singles during the decade, including 'Home' and 'Bigger Than the Beatles.'

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, ‘Tattoos on This Town’ — Story Behind the Song

The phrase 'Tattoos on This Town' was one that songwriter Neil Thrasher says "fell out of the sky."

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Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton, ‘God Gave Me You’ — Story Behind the Song

"It's no secret, Miranda and I have had our ups and downs over the years, and this was definitely at a low point at our relationship," Blake Shelton tells The Boot about the day he first heard the song 'God Gave Me You.' "I was flipping through stations and landed on a contemporary Christian station, and that song came on, and I almost had to pull the truck over. I felt like I was hearing that song at that moment for a reason."

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The Oak Ridge Boys, ‘American Made’ — Story Behind the Song

Veteran music journalist Jake Brown spoke to a wide variety of the top songwriters in Nashville for his new book, 'Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits.'

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