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Behind the Song: The Cadillac Three – ‘The South’

An ode to the South, the Cadillac Three name-drop several Southern states that represent the lifestyle the trio grew up in.

03/16/2015

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Behind the Song: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – ‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s’

When Jaren Johnston, Tom Douglas and Jeffrey Steele initially wrote the ACM Award-nominated song “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” they never intended for it to be a duet.

03/16/2015

Keith Urban

Behind the Song: Keith Urban – ‘Cop Car’

“Never have I heard the song written from the point of view of a guy who’s in the back of a cop car with handcuffs on, watching a girl go completely redneck crazy at the cops,” Keith Urban said.

03/16/2015

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Behind the Song: Florida Georgia Line – ‘Dirt’

Instead of riding the bro-country wave of success into more party anthems, FGL threw country music fans a curve ball with “Dirt,” the first single from the band’s sophomore album, the aptly-titled Anything Goes.

03/16/2015

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Behind the Song: Luke Bryan – ‘Drink A Beer’

“I walked up onto my tour bus that same night and played it for my bus driver and the band. I think it floored them too. We were blessed to get our hands on that one.”

03/16/2015

Dierks Bentley

Behind the Song: Dierks Bentley – ‘Drunk on a Plane’

One of 2014’s biggest country hits was almost a song about a hurricane.

03/16/2015

Miranda Lambert

Behind the Song: Miranda Lambert – ‘Automatic’

If you want to know how Miranda Lambert really feels about the current state of the world—particularly its reliance on technology—just listen to “Automatic.”

03/16/2015

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Behind the Song: Kenny Chesney – ‘American Kids’

“I’ve been the guy at football practice, maybe stretching the truth just a little bit, about what happened with some girl over the weekend. “

03/16/2015

Lee Brice

Behind the Song: Lee Brice – ‘I Don’t Dance’

“It’s really simple,” said Lee Brice of “I Don’t Dance,” his ACM Award-nominated song, “but it’s so true and to the point.”

03/16/2015

Kacey Musgraves

Behind the Song: Kacey Musgraves – ‘Follow Your Arrow’

“I just thought it was a cute little song we were writing for Kacey’s friend. I didn’t know that it would be so revolutionary,” Brandy Clark says.

03/16/2015

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Behind the Song: Florida Georgia Line – ‘This Is How We Roll’

Sometimes all it takes for a hit song is writing it with your friends.

03/16/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’

When your first single from your debut album shoots up the charts, puts the competition in a stranglehold and doesn’t let go for seven weeks in a row, you’ve got reason to brag. And boy, does “Fancy” do just that.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Sia – ‘Chandelier’

‘Chandelier’ is a classic case of a happy accident, a spontaneous flash of inspiration that turned into one of the biggest and most pervasive hits of 2014.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Meghan Trainor – ‘All About That Bass’

Meghan Trainor is bringing booty back.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’

Watch Pharrell Williams talk about the creation of ‘Happy,’ and how the world’s response has affirmed his faith in humanity.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Paramore – ‘Ain’t It Fun’

Paramore’s song “Ain’t It Fun” didn’t just help Hayley Williams grow up, it also earned her and her bandmates a GRAMMY nomination.

01/05/2015

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