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Story Behind the Song: Joe Nichols, ‘Gimmie That Girl’

Released in October of 2009 by Joe Nichols, "Gimme That Girl" was written by the Peach PickersRhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. The song was the second single from Nichols' Old Things New album and, in May of 2010, became Nichols' third career No. 1 single. It also earned a Top 40 spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart (No. 34) and was one of the Top 10 songs on 2010's year-end Billboard Country Songs chart (No. 7). Inside, Akins and Davidson tell The Boot how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Justin Moore, ‘Backwoods’

Justin Moore co-wrote "Backwoods" with Jeremy Stover and Jamie Paulin, and released the song in October of 2009 as the third single from his self-titled debut album. "Backwoods" became Moore's second Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 6 in May of 2010. Inside, Moore tells The Boot about the inspiration for the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Keith Urban, ‘I’m In’

"I'm In" became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for Keith Urban in 2010, after he released it as a single from his 2009 Defying Gravity album, but he wasn't the first artist to record the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘Somewhere Else’

Bobby Pinson and Toby Keith co-wrote "Somewhere Else," released in February of 2011 as the third and final single from Keith's Bullets in the Gun album. The song peaked just outside the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (No. 12) but also earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 80). Inside, Pinson tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘Lost You Anyway’

Toby Keith co-wrote "Lost You Anyway," the third single from his That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy album, with Bobby Pinson. Released in March of 2009, the song peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, Pinson tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Chris Young, ‘Tomorrow’

Chris Young, Anthony Smith and Frank Myers had been talking about writing together for years before they finally sat down for a songwriting session. But when they finally did, the result was solid gold (er, platinum): The three co-penned "Tomorrow," which Young released in February of 2011 as the first single from his Neon album, and the tune became Young's fourth consecutive No. 1 hit and has been certified platinum. Inside, the three tunesmiths tell The Boot about writing the sultry song.

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Story Behind the Song: Lee Brice, ‘Love Like Crazy’

Lee Brice released "Love Like Crazy," written by Tim James and Doug Johnson, in August of 2009, as the first single from his June 2010 album of the same name. It debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of Sept. 5, 2009, and after 46 weeks, the tune finally broke into the Top 10 -- the slowest climb into the Top 10 in the chart's history.

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Story Behind the Song: Reba McEntire, ‘Turn on the Radio’

Cherie Oakley, Mark Oakley and J.P. Twang co-wrote "Turn on the Radio," a song that was recorded by Reba McEntire and released in July of 2010, as the lead single from her 2010 All the Women I Am album. The tune became McEntire's 60th Top 10 single on the country charts and, at the beginning of 2011, her 25th No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. McEntire was the first female country artist to achieve the former feat, and the latter accomplishment tied Dolly Parton's record for the most No. 1 songs by a female country artist.

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Story Behind the Song: Reba McEntire, ‘Somebody’s Chelsea’

Lines from movies often inspire great country songs: Kenny Chesney's "You Had Me From Hello" was inspired by the film Jerry Maguire, and Trace Adkins' "The Rest of Mine" was an idea sparked by the movie Phenomenon, for example. Reba McEntire's 2011 single "Somebody's Chelsea," too, was inspired by a film, 2007's P.S. I Love You.

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Story Behind the Song: Gretchen Wilson, ‘Work Hard, Play Harder’

In October of 2009, Gretchen Wilson released "Work Hard, Play Harder" as the lead single from her 2010 album, I Got Your Country Right Here. The tune reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (No. 18) in June of 2010, becoming her first Top 20 single since 2005. Inside, Wilson tells The Boot about co-writing "Work Hard, Play Harder" with John Rich and Vickey McGehee.

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