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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘Long Trip Alone’ — Story Behind the Song

Dierks Bentley released his third studio album for Capitol Nashville, 'Long Trip Alone,' in 2006. Its title track, co-written by Bentley with Brett Beavers and Steve Bogard, was released as the second single in November 2006 and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart; the tune also earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Bentley received three Grammy nominations in 2008 -- Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album -- thanks to the record and song. Inside, he tells The Boot about 'Long Trip Alone''s meaning.

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Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman
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Keith Urban, ‘Got It Right This Time (The Celebration)’ — Story Behind the Song

Keith Urban first recorded 'Got It Right This Time (The Celebration)' for his double-platinum album 'Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing,' released in November of 2006. He then re-recorded the track for his 2007 'Greatest Hits: 18 Kids' record. Although the song was never issued as a single, it's still special to Urban because, as he tells The Boot, it was inspired by his marriage to Nicole Kidman.

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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney, ‘Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven’ — Story Behind the Song

Kenny Chesney's 38th Top 40 hit and 15th No. 1, 'Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,' was co-written by Jim Collins and Marty Dodson -- and it was almost a George Strait song. The King of Country recorded the tune for his 2008 'Troubador' album but decided not to include it in the final track listing. So, Chesney cut the track, put it on his 2008 record, 'Lucky Old Sun,' and made it the project's first single. Inside, he shares with The Boot his take on the successful tune.

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Eric Church
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Eric Church, ‘Country Music Jesus’ — Story Behind the Song

One of the most thought-provoking songs on Eric Church's chart-topping, Grammy-nominated 'Chief' album is 'Country Music Jesus.' Co-written by the country star and Jeremy Spillman, the song laments those who think country music needs "saving" by someone who's "preaching from the book of Johnny Cash." Inside, Church explains to The Boot the story behind the song's lyrics.

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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker, ‘True Believers’ — Story Behind the Song

Darius Rucker wrote 'True Believers,' the title track from his third solo country album, released in 2013, with Josh Kear. It was released as the disc's debut single in August 2012 and reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, and as Rucker tells The Boot, the song is a perfect example of a true-to-life country tune.

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Martina McBride
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Martina McBride, ‘Wild Angels’ — Story Behind the Song

'Wild Angels,' off Martina McBride's 1995 album of the same name, became the songstress' first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now known as the Hot Country Songs chart). Writer Matraca Berg tells The Boot how she, Gary Harrison and Harry Stinson crafted the hit.

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Kellie Pickler, ‘Rockaway (The Rockin’ Chair Song)’ — Story Behind the Song

Kellie Pickler's third studio album, '100 Proof,' was released in January 2012 and contains 11 songs, six of which the songstress co-wrote. One of those tunes is 'Rockaway (The Rockin' Chair Song),' co-written with Brent Cobb and Barry Dean, which Pickler says was inspired by her very first date with now-husband Kyle Jacobs.

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Brad Paisley
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Brad Paisley, ‘Then’ — Story Behind the Song

Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley and Brad Paisley co-wrote 'Then,' the lead single from Paisley's 2009 album, 'American Saturday Night.' Released in April 2009, the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in June -- Paisley's 10th consecutive No. 1 -- and landed in the Top 20 of the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (the singer's first time on that chart) chart later that summer. 'Then' has also been certified platinum. Below, Gorley shares the story of writing the hit with The Boot.

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban, ‘You Look Good in My Shirt’ — Story Behind the Song

Keith Urban's 'You Look Good in My Shirt' has a strange history behind it. Written by Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and Tom Shapiro, Urban first recorded the song for his 2002 'Golden Road' album. It was set to be the disc's fifth single, but that plan was scrapped; still, the track made it to No. 60 on the country charts.

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Eric Church
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Eric Church, ‘Love Your Love the Most’ — Story Behind the Song

Eric Church's sixth career single, 'Love Your Love the Most,' was his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts. Church and Michael P. Heeney co-wrote the song, the first single from Church's 'Carolina' record. Church released the tune in February 2009; below, he tells The Boot about how the track came to be.

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