CMT Hot 20 Decade: “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

"We got a little bit of pushback."

Editor’s Note: CMT Hot 20 Countdown takes a look back on 10 years of incredible music with Decade, a weekly segment that features a modern country classic that made its greatest impact between 2010 and 2019. This week, Little Big Town talk about their 2015 hit, “Girl Crush.”

CMT Hot 20 Countdown airs at 9/8c Saturday and Sunday mornings. Here’s Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook, in their own words:

Jimi: It’s one of those moments that, when you hear a song and the hook turns like that one does, you go… “Wow! I didn’t see that coming.” And it’s hard to do that writing a song, so, they nailed it and we absolutely fell in love with it.

Phillip: We were lucky enough to be the first people to hear it. So it wasn’t like played all over town before it got cut. We got to hear it days after it was written. [Karen and Kimberly] were writing with the Love Junkies and said, “Play us something you guys have been writing.” And they were like, “Well…”

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