Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

You know Sam Hunt, the country superstar. He’s the artist who sells out concerts and has amassed quite a collection of hit country songs for himself. Hunt’s scored 12 hit singles, 9 of which have gone #1. Before scoring hit country songs, Sam was a star football player in high school and college. He played quarterback for Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. When a tryout for the Kansas City Chiefs lead to a dead end in football, Sam packed up and moved to Nashville ( There, he felt comfortable sharing his writing with other artists. Here, you will find 5 awesome songs you may not know Sam Hunt wrote!

Sam Hunt told Kix Brooks in an interview that the first song he ever learned on guitar was Kenny Chesney’s “What I Need To Do.” He would later write a #1 hit for Kenny. Hunt picked up the guitar after graduating high school. According to, Sam relayed, “I went to a pawn shop and got a guitar there and I learned to play and at the time I thought it would just be a hobby. I was going off to college and I thought, ‘Well in my downtime, maybe I’ll learn a few songs. And just fell in love with it. And no matter how tired I was, after I got home from football practice, football camp, I would always make time to pick up the guitar. Throughout college I got a little better at it and my passion grew.”

Today, Sam is known not only as a country superstar, but an accomplished and sought-after songwriter as well. In fact, he wrote every track on his Montevallo album. Here are 5 awesome songs you may not know Sam Hunt wrote for other artists.

  • 1. We Are Tonight- Billy Currington

    We Are Tonight” became Billy Currington’s 8th #1 hit. Sam Hunt co-wrote this gem with  Marc Beeson, and Josh Osborne. It was the 2nd single and the title track from his 2013 album. Sam Hunt recorded an acoustic version of this song for his for his 2013 mixtape, Between the Pines.  This is one of my personal favorites Sam has written, and he often performs it in concert. 

  • 2. I Met A Girl- William Michael Morgan

    With a star-studded songwriting team behind it, how could “I Met A Girl” not be a hit? Sam co-wrote this one with Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen and one of the most successful songwriters in Nashville, Shane McAnally. The song marked the debut of artist, William Michael Morgan and is his only top 20 hit to date. It was released in 2015 and went to #2 on the country charts.


  • 3. Cop Car- Keith Urban

    Cop Car” became a top 4 hit for Keith Urban in 2014, from his 2013 album, Fuse.  Sam Hunt wrote it with Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins. It’s a great story song about a young couple who are arrested after trespassing and fall in love, in the back of a cop car. Hunt recorded his version of “Cop Car” for his  debut studio album Montevallo ( releasedOctober 27, 2014).

  • 4. Come On Over- Kenny Chesney

    You remember this one…from Kenny Chesney’s 2012 album Welcome to the FishbowlCome On Over” was the first big hit Sam Hunt wrote for another artist. It went all the way to the top of the charts that year and was written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.  According to Wikipedia, when the songwriters were working on this one, Sam Hunt suggested to make it a “kind of desperate thing, like the guy is pleading with this girl to come over.” So, they decided to repeat “come over” five times to “[get] into the emotion of the situation.”

  • 5. Love Somebody- Reba McEntire

    Who knew Sam Hunt wrote a song for Reba? We do…now! “Love Somebody” served as the title track of McEntire’s 27th studio album, released in 2015.  And it was yet another great song written by the songwriting team of Hunt, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally.

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