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40 Country Songs That Defined Your Life In The Early 2000s

They don't make it like they used to.

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1. "Young" by Kenny Chesney

Lyric you put in your AIM profile because you weren't in middle school anymore: "Man I don't know where the time goesBut it sure goes fastJust like that."
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Lyric you put in your AIM profile because you weren't in middle school anymore:

"Man I don't know where the time goes

But it sure goes fast

Just like that."

2. "I'm Gonna Miss Her" by Brad Paisley

Best lyric to sing in your most Brad Paisley-ish voice: "Oh, lookie there, another bite."
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Best lyric to sing in your most Brad Paisley-ish voice: "Oh, lookie there, another bite."

3. "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio

Part that described your freshman year: "This morning put salt in my coffeeI put my shoes on the wrong feetI'm losing my mind, I swear."
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Part that described your freshman year:

"This morning put salt in my coffee

I put my shoes on the wrong feet

I'm losing my mind, I swear."

4. "I Wanna Talk About Me" by Toby Keith

Lyrics you felt proud for learning:"I wanna talk about meWanna talk about IWanna talk about number one Oh my me myWhat I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see."
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Lyrics you felt proud for learning:

"I wanna talk about me

Wanna talk about I

Wanna talk about number one

Oh my me my

What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see."

5. "Landslide" by the Dixie Chicks

Lyric that you had no idea what it meant but you thought it was pretty anyway: "Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?"
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Lyric that you had no idea what it meant but you thought it was pretty anyway:

"Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?"

6. "She'll Leave You With a Smile" by George Strait

Part that was the most fun to sing:"Well you can't help but wonderWhy you can't help but love herBut you can't help but love her."
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Part that was the most fun to sing:

"Well you can't help but wonder

Why you can't help but love her

But you can't help but love her."

7. "Run" by George Strait

Lyric you hoped to relate to someday:"Find a truck and fire it upLean on the gas and off the clutchLeave Dallas in the dustI need you in a rushSo baby, run."
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Lyric you hoped to relate to someday:

"Find a truck and fire it up

Lean on the gas and off the clutch

Leave Dallas in the dust

I need you in a rush

So baby, run."

8. "Drive (for Daddy Gene)" by Alan Jackson

Essential lyric to scream at an Alan Jackson concert: "A piece of my childhood will never be forgotten!"
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Essential lyric to scream at an Alan Jackson concert: "A piece of my childhood will never be forgotten!"

9. "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina & Tim McGraw

Best inspirational AIM away message lyric you put up before you went to bed: "Tomorrow's another dayAnd I'm thirsty anywaySo bring on the rain."
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Best inspirational AIM away message lyric you put up before you went to bed: "Tomorrow's another day

And I'm thirsty anyway

So bring on the rain."

10. "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban

Your away message during the summer of '02:"I used to run in circles goin' nowhere fast.I'd take, uh, one step forward end up two steps back.Couldn't walk a straight line even if I wanted to, mmm, mmm.I wanna love somebody,Love somebody like you."
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Your away message during the summer of '02:

"I used to run in circles goin' nowhere fast.

I'd take, uh, one step forward end up two steps back.

Couldn't walk a straight line even if I wanted to, mmm, mmm.

I wanna love somebody,

Love somebody like you."

11. "Long Time Gone" by the Dixie Chicks

Best pronunciation of the word "tobacco": "t'bacca."
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Best pronunciation of the word "tobacco": "t'bacca."

12. "These Days" by Rascal Flatts

Part that was most fun to sing with your one friend who could drive:"Punch the clock, head for homeCheck the phone, just in caseGo to bed, dream of youThat's what I'm doin' these days."
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Part that was most fun to sing with your one friend who could drive:

"Punch the clock, head for home

Check the phone, just in case

Go to bed, dream of you

That's what I'm doin' these days."

13. "She's My Kind of Rain" by Tim McGraw

Lyrics you pretended to understand:"She's my kind of rainLike love in a drunken skyShe's confetti falling down all night"?
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Lyrics you pretended to understand:

"She's my kind of rain

Like love in a drunken sky

She's confetti falling down all night"

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14. "The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney

Part that you related to even though you weren't an alcoholic: "But I've been sober three years now'Cause the one thing's stronger than the whiskey!"
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Part that you related to even though you weren't an alcoholic:

"But I've been sober three years now

'Cause the one thing's stronger than the whiskey!"

15. "Brokenheartsville" by Joe Nichols

Best word to sing in your best Joe Nichols voice: "Coupe de Ville."
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Best word to sing in your best Joe Nichols voice: "Coupe de Ville."

16. "Concrete Angel" by Martina McBride

Deepest part:"A statue stands in a shaded placeAn angel girl with an upturned faceA name is written on a polished rockA broken heart that the world forgot."
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Deepest part:

"A statue stands in a shaded place

An angel girl with an upturned face

A name is written on a polished rock

A broken heart that the world forgot."

17. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" by Kenny Chesney

Lyrics you put up on your away message during the dead of winter because you were cold and miserable:"Want a towel on a chair in the sand by the seawant to look through my shades and see you there with me."
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Lyrics you put up on your away message during the dead of winter because you were cold and miserable:

"Want a towel on a chair in the sand by the sea

want to look through my shades and see you there with me."

18. "I Just Wanna Be Mad" by Terri Clark

Lyrics that summed up what it was like to get in a fight with your friends:"I think I'm right, I think you're wrongI'll probably give in before longPlease don't make me smileI just want to be mad for a while."
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Lyrics that summed up what it was like to get in a fight with your friends:

"I think I'm right, I think you're wrong

I'll probably give in before long

Please don't make me smile

I just want to be mad for a while."

19. "What Was I Thinkin'" by Dierks Bentley

Part you felt cool for learning:"Becky was a beauty from south AlabamaHer daddy had a heart like a nine-pound hammerThink he even did a little time in the slammerWhat was I thinkin'?"
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Part you felt cool for learning:

"Becky was a beauty from south Alabama

Her daddy had a heart like a nine-pound hammer

Think he even did a little time in the slammer

What was I thinkin'?"

20. "19 Somethin'" by Mark Wills

Part you sang without truly understanding what it meant because you were a child: "Now I've got a mortgage and an SUVBut all this responsibilityMakes me wishSometimes."
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Part you sang without truly understanding what it meant because you were a child:

"Now I've got a mortgage and an SUV

But all this responsibility

Makes me wish

Sometimes."

21. "There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney

Lyrics that made you think about how many pairs of shoes you owned:"She had that Honda loaded downWith Abercrombie clothesAnd fifteen pairs of shoesAnd his American Express."
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Lyrics that made you think about how many pairs of shoes you owned:

"She had that Honda loaded down

With Abercrombie clothes

And fifteen pairs of shoes

And his American Express."

22. "Girls Lie Too" by Terri Clark

Lyric that made you feel awkward when it came on in the car with your mom: "Size don't matter anyway."
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Lyric that made you feel awkward when it came on in the car with your mom: "Size don't matter anyway."

23. "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

Part you screamed with your friends at a house party:"At a moment like this, I can't help but wonder,What would Jimmy Buffet do?"
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Part you screamed with your friends at a house party:

"At a moment like this, I can't help but wonder,

What would Jimmy Buffet do?"

24. "If You Ever Stop Lovin' Me" by Montgomery Gentry

Part you listened to after school because school sucked:"That's all right, I'm OK.It ain't nothin' but another day."
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Part you listened to after school because school sucked:

"That's all right, I'm OK.

It ain't nothin' but another day."

25. "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson

Part you related to even if you weren't a redneck:"Well I ain't never been the Barbie doll typeNo I can't swig that sweet champagneI'd rather drink beer all night."
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Part you related to even if you weren't a redneck:

"Well I ain't never been the Barbie doll type

No I can't swig that sweet champagne

I'd rather drink beer all night."

26. "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy" by Big & Rich

The best part to growl:"But her evaluationof my cowboy reputationHad me begging for salvationall night long."
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The best part to growl:

"But her evaluation

of my cowboy reputation

Had me begging for salvation

all night long."

27. "Somebody" by Reba

Part that gave you hope that you wouldn't end up forever alone: "Somewhere out there is somebody."
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Part that gave you hope that you wouldn't end up forever alone: "Somewhere out there is somebody."

28. "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban

Lyrics your dramatic friend put in her AIM profile after she broke up with a guy she dated for three weeks:"Someday I'm gonna run across your mindDon't worry, I'll be fineI'm gonna be alrightWhile you're sleeping with your prideWishin' I could hold you tightI'll be over youAnd on with my life."
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Lyrics your dramatic friend put in her AIM profile after she broke up with a guy she dated for three weeks:

"Someday I'm gonna run across your mind

Don't worry, I'll be fine

I'm gonna be alright

While you're sleeping with your pride

Wishin' I could hold you tight

I'll be over you

And on with my life."

29. "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

Most aggressive lyric: "He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger."
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Most aggressive lyric: "He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger."

30. "When the Sun Goes Down" by Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker

Most awkward Uncle Kracker lyric: "Uncle Kenny's hotter when the sun goes down."
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Most awkward Uncle Kracker lyric: "Uncle Kenny's hotter when the sun goes down."

31. "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw

Part you screamed at the top of your lungs while driving your parent's car:"I went sky divinI went rocky mountain climbingI went two point seven secondsOn a bull named Fu Man Chu."
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Part you screamed at the top of your lungs while driving your parent's car:

"I went sky divin

I went rocky mountain climbing

I went two point seven seconds

On a bull named Fu Man Chu."

32. "A Real Fine Place to Start" by Sara Evans

Lyrics that made you make bad decisions, like IMing your crush: "I'm gonna do it darlin'...I could waste time tryin' the figure it out,But I'm jumpin' in anyhow."
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Lyrics that made you make bad decisions, like IMing your crush:

"I'm gonna do it darlin'...

I could waste time tryin' the figure it out,

But I'm jumpin' in anyhow."

33. "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill

Lyrics you put in your AIM profile to show how you've changed since freshman year but you're still the same person:"And some people seem to think that I've changedThat I'm different than I was back thenBut in my soul I know that I'm the same wayThat I really always been."
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Lyrics you put in your AIM profile to show how you've changed since freshman year but you're still the same person:

"And some people seem to think that I've changed

That I'm different than I was back then

But in my soul I know that I'm the same way

That I really always been."

34. "Baby Girl" by Sugarland

Lyric that summed up your senior-year existence: "Dear Mom and DadPlease send moneyI'm so broke that it ain't funny."
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Lyric that summed up your senior-year existence:

"Dear Mom and Dad

Please send money

I'm so broke that it ain't funny."

35. "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" by Lee Ann Womack

Part that spoke to your teenage self: "Everyone's known someone that they just can't help but want."
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Part that spoke to your teenage self: "Everyone's known someone that they just can't help but want."

36. "Fast Cars & Freedom" by Rascal Flatts

Lyric that made no sense: "You don't look a day over fast cars and freedomThat sunset riverbank first-time feeling."
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Lyric that made no sense:

"You don't look a day over fast cars and freedom

That sunset riverbank first-time feeling."

37. "Some Beach" by Blake Shelton

Lyric that was TOO REAL:"The nurse finally said doc's ready for youYou're not gonna feel a thing we'll give you some NovocainThat tooth will be fine in a minute or twoBut he stuck that needle down deep in my gumAnd he started drilling before I was numb."
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Lyric that was TOO REAL:

"The nurse finally said doc's ready for you

You're not gonna feel a thing we'll give you some Novocain

That tooth will be fine in a minute or two

But he stuck that needle down deep in my gum

And he started drilling before I was numb."

38. "Kerosene" by Miranda Lambert

Part that made you want to burn down a house: "Light 'em up and watch them burn, teach them what they need to learn, ha!"
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Part that made you want to burn down a house: "Light 'em up and watch them burn, teach them what they need to learn, ha!"

39. "Awful Beautiful Life" by Darryl Worley

Lyric that summed up your day-to-day: "I love this crazy, tragic,Sometimes almost magic,Awful, beautiful life."
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Lyric that summed up your day-to-day:

"I love this crazy, tragic,

Sometimes almost magic,

Awful, beautiful life."

40. "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney

Lyrics that summed up what it was like going through this list:"I go back to the smell of an old gym floorThe taste of salt on the Carolina shoreAfter graduation and drinkin' goodbye to friends."
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Lyrics that summed up what it was like going through this list:

"I go back to the smell of an old gym floor

The taste of salt on the Carolina shore

After graduation and drinkin' goodbye to friends."

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