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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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Story Behind the Song: Brad Paisley, ‘American Saturday Night’

Before he released "American Saturday Night" as an official single, Brad Paisley earned spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs (No. 59) and Bubbling Under Hot 100 (No. 21) charts with the tune due to unsolicited airplay. In November 2009, the singer officially made the song his third single from his sixth studio album, also named American Saturday Night, and the song then peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, songwriter Ashley Gorley talks to The Boot about co-writing "American Saturday Night" with Paisley and Kelley Lovelace.

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Story Behind the Song: Randy Houser, ‘A Man Like Me’

Randy Houser co-wrote "A Man Like Me" with Jameson Clark and Danny Green and included the song on his 2010 They Call Me Cadillac album, which earned a Top 10 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart and a Top 50 spot on the all-genre Billboard 100. When he released the song as a single in 2010, it peaked just outside the top 50 on the U.S. Country chart (No. 53). Inside, Houser tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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