12 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By Chris Stapleton

  
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Back in 2015, Chris Stapleton took the country world and fans by storm with the release of his debut album, Traveller. What many fans didn’t know, however, was that Stapleton had been a well-known and respected name in the music industry for several years, with his songwriting skills becoming renowned by artists of many genres. His wheelhouse, unsurprisingly, has always been country so, although many fans think their favorite singers have come up with their own biggest hits, that isn’t the case, and often you can find Stapleton’s name attached to it instead. Here are 12 popular songs you didn’t know were actually written by Chris Stapleton:

12. Never Wanted Anything More – Kenny Chesney

“Never Wanted Anything More” was the first single released from Kenny Chesney’s 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, and it didn’t take long for the song to become a hit. Within eight weeks on the charts, the single reached number one, making it the popular singer’s fastest-climbing number one single, and the men behind it were Chris Stapleton along with Ronnie Bowman. The single went on to keep its No. 1 spot for five straight weeks, and always the humble man, Stapleton praised Chesney, saying, “He can take a good song and make it do great things.”

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11. Drink a Beer – Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” was without a doubt the most emotional off of his fourth studio album, 2013’s Crash My Party. Many fans thought Bryan had written the song about mourning the sudden loss of someone close as he lost both his siblings in sudden deaths, but Bryan didn’t write it at all — Chris Stapleton did along with Jim Beavers. Stapleton revealed that Beavers wrote the chorus but it was his idea to make it  “a little darker.” Stapleton added, “I kind of helped [Beavers] cross the finish line on it, and then we really didn’t think much more about it. I think we thought it was a pretty good song. But then Luke took it, and it really brought weight to it when Luke did it because of his family situation. So, once again, it was one of those things where the right artist and the right song turned into something special.”

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