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Story Behind the Song: Reba McEntire, ‘Consider Me Gone’

Steve Diamond and Marv Green wrote "Consider Me Gone," which Reba McEntire released as the second single from her 2009 album, Keep on Loving You. The song became McEntire's first solo Top 10 hit since 2005, and when it hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in January of 2010, it was her first No. 1 since 2004. "Consider Me Gone" also landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Inside, Diamond tells The Boot about writing the hit song.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘American Ride’

Dave Pahanish and Joe West, the co-writers of Toby Keith's "American Ride," the first single from and title track of Keith's 2009 studio album, have known each other for more than 20 years, beginning in Pittsburgh, Pa., and continuing through their association as co-writers, artists and producers in Nashville, Tenn. The song was released in July of 2009 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- Keith's 19th career No. 1 -- in October. Below, Pahanish and West tell The Boot about writing the hit.

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Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw, ‘Southern Voice’

Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice," the second single from and title track of his 10th studio album, was written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Douglas. Released in September 2009, "Southern Voice" became McGraw's 23rd No. 1 hit in January 2010, and his first since April 2007. Inside, DiPiero and Douglas tell The Boot about how the wrote the song.

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Story Behind the Song: Rascal Flatts, ‘My Wish’

Rascal Flatts' No. 1 hit "My Wish," was written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson. The Flatts released the song in August 2006, as the third single from their Me and My Gang album. That December, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. country charts; it also hit No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 13 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 49 on the Pop 100 -- a solid crossover single. Inside, Steele tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins, ‘Hillbilly Bone’

Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins recorded "Hillbilly Bone," written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman, for Shelton's 2010 EP of the same name, though Adkins later included it on the deluxe edition of his Cowboy's Back in Town album. The song was released as a single in October of 2009, and in March of 2010, it became Shelton's sixth No. 1 and Adkins' fourth; it also reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and won an ACM Award -- Shelton's first -- for Vocal Event of the Year. Below, Laird tells The Boot how the song came about.

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Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘I Run to You’

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley co-wrote the trio's first No. 1 hit, "I Run to You," with Tom Douglas. Released in January 2009 as the third and final single from Lady A's self-titled debut album, the song also became their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 tune, and it landed in Top 20 spots on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts. "I Run to You" won a CMA Award for Single of the Year in 2009, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals; it has been certified double platinum. Inside, Douglas tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Zac Brown Band, ‘Toes’

Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette, along with Zac Brown Band bassist John Driskell Hopkins and Shawn Mullins, were inspired to write ZBB's No. 1 hit "Toes" by Durrette's 30th birthday vacation in Key West, Fla. The third single from the band's major-label debut album, 2008's The Foundation, "Toes" became their third consecutive Top 5 and second No. 1 single on the country charts; it also landed in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 30 and has been certified double platinum. Inside, Brown and Durrette discuss writing the song.

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Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood, ‘Cowboy Casanova’

Carrie Underwood co-wrote "Cowboy Casanova," the lead single from her third studio album, Play On, and one of the biggest singles of her career, with Mike Elizondo and Brett James. Released in September of 2009, "Cowboy Casanova" became the fastest-climbing country single of the year and Underwood's eighth No. 1 hit. It's been certified double platinum and was nominated for an ACM Award. Inside, Underwood and James discuss writing the tune.

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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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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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