Six Kenny Chesney Hits We Wish We Wrote

Chase Bryant, Brooke Eden and More Reveal Favorite Chesney Songs

Kenny Chesney was a big topic of red carpet conversation during CMA Awards week in Nashville. Within a 24-hour period, the East Tennessee native received both the BMI President’s Award and the CMA’s third Pinnacle Award for his significant contributions to music throughout his career.

At the 2016 BMI Country Awards, Frankie Ballard revealed that moving to Nashville for music wasn’t even a consideration until after he won Chesney’s Next Big Star competition in Michigan on 2008’s Poets and Pirates Tour. That summer, Chesney hosted a battle of the bands for unsigned acts on the eve of each stadium show, and the prize was opening for him the next night.

“At the time when that Big Star thing happened,” Ballard recalled, “I was just playing bars and honky-tonks and doing my thing. I wasn’t even thinking about Nashville or trying to take that step until that happened. Then I thought, ‘Maybe I really need to think about this. This is such a great opportunity.’ I’m hoping to tell him that and just thank him because I haven’t had much of a chance to do that. It was a big moment.”

Other stars who walked the red carpet that evening had at least one Chesney hit they wish they’d written.

Chase Bryant: “There Goes My Life”
The bridge of “There Goes My Life” was the best bridge that’s ever been written: “She had that Honda loaded down with Abercrombie clothes, 15 pairs of shoes and an American Express.” That was game over. His version of Mac McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From” is also a favorite.

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