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Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and More Reveal the Country Songs That Changed Their Lives

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If you love Dierks Bentley, you can thank (in part) Hank Williams Jr.’s song “Man to Man” for igniting his passion for the country genre. “Up to that point, I loved music — all kinds of music, he tells PEOPLE. “But it was that exact moment I knew I wanted to be a country singer.”

For Miranda Lambert, it was “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train” by Guy Clark. “The first feeling you have, when you really feel something by hearing a song? It was that song,” she says.

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What songs were life-changing for Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Brett Eldredge and a host of other country stars? Watch and find out!