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Gretchen Wilson Work Hard Play Harder lyrics
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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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Story Behind the Song: David Nail, ‘The Sound of a Million Dreams’

For Phil Vassar, "The Sound of a Million Dreams," the song he co-wrote for David Nail -- which appears on Nail's 2011 album of the same name -- is really a tribute to the classic songs and artists that Vassar listened to growing up, the artists who inspired him to become an artist himself and create the songs he crafts today.

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Story Behind the Song: Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’

Husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) earned their first No. 1 hit in April of 2011 with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." The song was released in July of 2010 as the second single from their self-titled debut album and has been certified double platinum; it also earned them two Grammy Awards nominations. Inside, the co-writers of "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," David Lee Murphy and Jim Collins -- who also wrote Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor" -- tell The Boot about the day they wrote this breakthrough hit.

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Story Behind the Song: Jason Aldean, ‘Crazy Town’

In March 2010, Jason Aldean released "Crazy Town" as the fourth and final single from his 2009 Wide Open album. Written by Brett Jones and Rodney Clawson, "Crazy Town" became Aldean's 10th consecutive Top 20 hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and has been certified gold by the RIAA. Inside, Jones tells The Boot about writing the song.

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Story Behind the Song: Kenny Chesney, ‘Better as a Memory’

In March 2008, Kenny Chesney released "Better as a Memory" as the fourth and final single from his 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. The song was written by Scooter Carusoe and Lady Goodman (pen names for Travis Hill and Holly Gleason, respectively) and became Chesney's 14th No. 1 hit in June 2008. "Better as a Memory" also earned a Top 50 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 46). Below, Chesney tells The Boot about the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Jake Owen, ‘Alone With You’

Jake Owen released "Alone With You," written by Shane McAnally, Catt Gravitt and JT Harding, in October of 2011, as the second single from his Barefoot Blue Jean Night album. The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and landed just outside the Top 40 on the Hot 100 (No. 41); it has also been certified platinum.

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Story Behind the Song: Thomas Rhett, ‘Make Me Wanna’

=Thomas Rhett co-wrote "Make Me Wanna" with Bart Butler and Larry McCoy, releasing the song in August of 2014 as the fifth single from his debut album, It Goes Like This. The tune became Rhett's third consecutive No. 1 single -- all from his freshman album -- and was certified gold in February of 2015. Inside, Rhett and Butler tell The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Garth Brooks, ‘The Thunder Rolls’

"The Thunder Rolls" is one of Garth Brooks' most well-known hits ... but he wasn't the first country artist to record the song.

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