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Story Behind the Song: Zac Brown Band, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

In August of 2010, the Zac Brown Band gave fans the first taste of their second major-label studio album, You Get What You Give, by releasing "As She's Walking Away" as the record's first single. Songwriter Wyatt Durrette and Zac Brown co-wrote the tune after a night out in Orlando, Fla., as Durrette tells The Boot inside. The track, which features Alan Jackson, became the ZBB's fourth consecutive and fifth overall No. 1 single in November of 2010; it also peaked just outside the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (No. 32).

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Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘Hello World’

Lady Antebellum's "Hello World" -- the fourth single from their Need You Now album -- is a song that literally took years to write. As songwriter David Lee explains to The Boot, he began the tune years and years ago, but it wasn't until he linked up with fellow tunesmiths Tom Douglas and Tony Lane that "Hello World" became the song it is.

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Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw, ‘Still’

Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Joe Leathers co-wrote the song "Still," which Tim McGraw recorded and co-produced for his 2009 Southern Voice album. McGraw released the tune as a single in February of 2010, and it landed in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Below, Brice tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Garth Brooks, ‘Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House’

In the late 1980s, Warren Haynes was living in Nashville and writing with various songwriters. He had just ended his time playing lead guitar in David Allan Coe's band and was years away from joining the Allman Brothers Band, founding Gov't Mule and becoming a successful solo artist. And Haynes and his co-writers, Bobby Boyd and Dennis Robbins, didn't know it, but their creative frustrations one day would turn into the song "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House."

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Story Behind the Song: Luke Bryan, ‘Someone Else Calling You Baby’

"Someone Else Calling You Baby" was penned by Luke Bryan and his producer, Jeff Stevens, while the two men were traveling together during a tour. Bryan released the emotion-packed song in August of 2010, as the third single from his Doin' My Thing album. The tune became his second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaked just outside the Top 50 on the Hot 100 chart (No. 56). Below, Stevens tells The Boot how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Chris Young, ‘The Man I Want to Be’

Chris Young released "The Man I Want to Be," penned by songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols, in November of 2009, as the third single from his album of the same name. The poignant tune became Young's second consecutive No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in May of 2010; it also earned a spot in the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 48). Below, James tells The Boot about writing "The Man I Want to Be."

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Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’

Kara DioGuardi, Marty Frederiksen, Luke Laird and Carrie Underwood wrote "Mama's Song" together, on the same day that they wrote Underwood's 2010 hit "Undo It." The singer released the song in November of 2010 as the final single from her Play On album.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘You Ain’t Much Fun (Since I Quit Drinkin’)’

Toby Keith and his late bassist Carl Goff Jr. co-wrote "You Ain't Much Fun (Since I Quit Drinkin')." Keith put the song on his sophomore album Boomtown, released in September of 1994, and released it as the album's third single in March of 1995; it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart that year. Below, Keith tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Garth Brooks, ‘All-American Kid’

When country superstar Garth Brooks asked to record Craig Campbell's "All American Kid" for his 2014 Man Against Machine album, it was a first for Campbell.

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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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