12 Big Country Hits That Were Written By Other Stars
Although it isn’t uncommon for songs to be written by people behind the scenes, since country songs are often so personal it is assumed that the stars singing them have written the hits. While many country stars do indeed have a lot of writing credits on their many albums and songs, it might be surprising for fans to learn that some star’s biggest hits were not only not written by them, but were written by other well-known country artists. Check out 12 big country hits that were written by other country stars:
12. Come Over – Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney has had a lot of hit songs over his iconic career in the industry, but without a doubt one of his biggest has always been “Come Over.” Chesney released the song in 2012 and it spent 11 weeks on the US Billboard charts before it finally went to number one, making it Chesney’s twenty-second number one single. Surprisingly, it wasn’t written by Chesney, as it turns out the hit was actually penned by country star Sam Hunt along with prolific country songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Osborne explained that when writing melodies, it was Sam Hunt who suggested they make the lyrics “kind of desperate thing, like the guy is pleading with this girl to come over.” He continued for the chorus they decided to repeat “come over” to “[get] into the emotion of the situation.”
11. Any Ol’ Barstool – Jason Aldean
“Any Ol’ Barstool” is one of Jason Aldean’s most recent hits after being released in December 2016 as the third single from his seventh album “They Don’t Know,” and although Jason Aldean has penned quite a few songs, this wasn’t one of them. The single was actually written by country singer/songwriters Deric Ruttan and Josh Thompson. Upon releasing the single, Aldean even said, “I think ‘Any Ol’ Barstool’ is probably one of the best written songs on the album. Plus that traditional fell is the Country music I grew up on and has always been important to me to include on our albums. I love that stuff.” The song went on to reach number one on Canada’s Country Billboard Charts as well as US Hot Country Songs Billboard Charts.