I wound up sippin on soup du jour - I wasn't Superman Superman by Snoop Dogg (Ft. Willie Nelson)

soup du jour is french and refers to a restaurant’s generic “soup of the day”. As Snoop’s tone implies, there’s nothing particularly special about it.

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I had a hand me down ride painted rattle can red
Second hand tires with poor boy tread
Made a lot of almost love in the bed of that
Truck that got stuck a lot
Beers Ago by Toby Keith

Here the narrator describes and reminisces over an old red pickup truck he used to have. Since he’s reminiscing over the teenage years, note that he made “almost love”, not the real thing. +1 to Toby for not knocking anybody up at a young age.

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Skipped that town on my birthday
For eighteen years I was headed that way
Where old red stopped I just stayed
Beers Ago by Toby Keith

Keith explained the song’s meaning: “It’s about a guy that leaves town when he turns 18 years old and figures out that maybe I should go back but maybe not. Can’t ever really go home. But all those memories I have are ‘fifteen hundred and sixty two beers ago.’”

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And we spent what little bit of money we had
On wintergreen Skoal and main street gas
Go get your girl, go make the drag
Beers Ago by Toby Keith

This up-tempo piece of fun has a lot of word play. Keith has stated: “It’s a freaking word salad. It flies by very fast and has a lot of catchy phrases. It was difficult in the studio to sing the first time because it’s just so complicated to get all of the rhymes to fall inside the meter of the song.”

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I told you I wouldn’t call, I told you I wouldn’t care
But baby climbing the walls gets me nowhere
I don’t think that I can take this bed getting any colder
Come over, come over, come over, come over, come over
Come Over by Kenny Chesney

According to Chesney, this is a “classy booty call song,”. He explained to CMT News: “We’ve all been in those situations when we know we’re not going to [continue to] be with that person we have been with for a while. The relationship is over, done, run its course. But you aren’t really ready to move onto somebody else emotionally, mentally or physically. So what do we do? We ‘come over.’ (Holds hand up to ear), ‘I know you hate me and I hate you too … but come over! We don’t have to fix each other, so come over.’ We know we’re screwed up. So we took that situation and made the video. It’s a very sexy video.”

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Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey
Whiskey makes my baby, feel a little frisky
Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan

Bryan told The Boot that the lyrics came easily enough during the writing session since it was a familiar phrase.

The song came about strictly from an old saying that me and my co-writer, in college, we’d have something planned and you get bummed out by the rain. And we thought, ‘Well, rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,’ and we had never even said the frisky line. We actually made that up during the writing session.

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My daddy spent his life looking up at the sky
He'd cuss kick the dust, saying son it's way to dry
Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan

Luke was the son of a farmer, a profession dependent on rain. He explained to The Boot:

We worked in agriculture, so we were always looking up at the sky, checking if it was raining or if rain was in the forecast. That always kind of set the tone for the mood in my household, whether we had rain coming in or not. Or if it had rained, we knew the crops would be good and it was going to be a good week around the Bryan household.

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It clouds up in the city, the weather man complains
But where I come from, rain is a good thing
Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan

This song puts a positive spin on rain. Bryan told The Boot:

It was fun to take a subject that’s typically got a negative connotation and make it a positive thing. Rain is very important, and kind of kicks off the whole process of life.

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Cause I wanna wrap you up
Wanna kiss your lips
I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
Never let you forget it
Yeah, I wanna make you feel wanted
Wanted by Hunter Hayes

Hunter told Taste of Country about writing the song “At the time, I was trying to tell somebody something, but I couldn’t figure out how to say it. So I wanted to say it in music because I knew it would be a little more impactful. I wanted to say we are great in this relationship together, and I feel like it could even get better.”

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Country girl, shake it for me girl
Shake it for me girl, shake it for me
Country girl, shake it for me girl
Shake it for me girl, shake it for me
Country Girl (Shake It For Me) by Luke Bryan

Bryan initially lacked confidence in the song. “I am the world’s worst at going, ‘Oh my God, what are we doing?’” he told The Boot. “I started freaking out, because I said, ‘Come on, Dal, we can’t talk about country girls shaking their butts all over the place in Country music.’ Dallas is rooting me on, and we kept on working on it. I played it for my producer and my wife and everybody. Everybody’s saying, ‘That thing’s going to be crazy.’ It’s a fun song, and it certainly adds to the live show and get some old country girls shaking a little bit.”

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