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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews, ‘I’m Alive’ — Story Behind the Song

Kenny Chesney wrote 'I'm Alive' with Dean Dillon and Mark Tamburino, but he wasn't the first to record it. Willie Nelson put the song on his 'Moment of Forever' album, which Chesney also produced, in 2008.

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Taylor Swift, ‘You Belong With Me’ — Story Behind the Song

'You Belong With Me,' from Taylor Swift's second album, 'Fearless,' was co-written by the songstress and Liz Rose; Swift also aided in the production of the track. It was released in April 2009 as the album's third single.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘Sideways’ — Story Behind the Song

'Sideways,' Dierks Bentley's 12th career single and second from 'Feel That Fire,' his fourth studio album, was co-written by Bentley and Jim Beavers. Bentley released the song in March 2009, and the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in July of the same year. It was Bentley's seventh No. 1; he tells The Boot how it came to be.

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Jimmy Wayne
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Jimmy Wayne, ‘Do You Believe Me Now’ — Story Behind the Song

Jimmy Wayne released 'Do You Believe Me Now,' the title track from his August 2008 album, as a single in March of the same year. The song became his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, his third Top 10 single and his first Top 40 tune since 'Paper Angels' in 2004. Tim Johnson, who co-wrote 'Do You Believe Me Now' with Joe West and Dave Pahanish, tells The Boot about how the hit came to be.

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Garth Brooks
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Garth Brooks, ‘More Than a Memory’ — Story Behind the Song

'More Than a Memory,' Garth Brooks' 51st career single and first single from his 2007 'The Ultimate Hits' compilation album, is the first and only song to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Brooks' first No. 1 single since 1998's 'To Make You Feel My Love,' the tune spent 20 weeks on the charts. Lee Brice, who co-wrote 'More Than a Memory' with Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana, tells The Boot about the inspiration behind the hit.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood, ‘All-American Girl’ — Story Behind the Song

Carrie Underwood released 'All-American Girl' in 2007 as the second single from her second studio album, 'Carnival Ride.' The tune, co-written by Grammy-nominated songwriter Kelley Lovelace, became her seventh career Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 single and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 'All-American Girl' became Underwood's seventh career No. 1 single, as well as her sixth consecutive country No. 1 single, and has been certified platinum, signifying sales in excess of one million units. Below, Lovelace tells The Boot about crafting the hit.

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Brad Paisley
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Brad Paisley, ‘Waitin’ on a Woman’ — Story Behind the Song

Brad Paisley has recorded 'Waitin' on a Woman' three times: first for his 2005 album 'Time Well Wasted,' then for a re-issue of 2007's '5th Gear,' and finally for 'Play' in 2008, featuring vocals from Andy Griffith. The '5th Gear' version became Paisley's 12th career No. 1 single, as well as his eighth consecutive No. 1 single. Don Sampson and Wynn Varble co-wrote the tune, and below, Varble tells The Boot about how the hit came about.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ — Story Behind the Song

In 2011, Luke Bryan soared up the charts with his single 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me).' The tune, a sharp deviation from his previous hits, hit No. 4 on the Billboard country charts, went triple platinum and is the third best-selling song by a male country solo artist. Bryan tells The Boot about the inspiration behind this career-changing song.

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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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