While pumping out country hits left and right for himself — songs like “Half of Me,” “Die A Happy Man” and “Look What God Gave Her” — Thomas Rhett has also lent a hand to a number number of other projects.
With Rhett behind the pen, everyone from the Florida Georgia Line to the Christian band NEEDTOBREATHE has scored hits and hits. With a penchant for party anthems, Rhett has carved out quite the career as a songwriter over the past decade. Find five songs you didn’t know were written by Rhett for other artists below.
1. “She got me at Heads Carolina,” Cole Swindell
Written by Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Tim Nichols, Mark Sanders, Cole Swindell
“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” is the third single from Swindell’s fourth studio album. Stereotype. Swindell expressed that he wanted to work with Rhett for the album. The pair wanted to include a reference to ’90s country, eventually landing on Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” From there, the song sees a girl get up to sing the song in a bar, much to Swindell’s excitement. Originally, the writers toyed with the idea of the song being a duet between Swindell and Rhett. The idea was eventually scrapped after Rhett said he was not comfortable singing the lyrical theme.
“Facing Carolina, Facing California »
Maybe she would fall in love with a boy from South Georgia
She’s got the bar in the palm of her hand
And she’s a 90s country fan like me
Hey, I got a Chevy, it can flip a quarter
I’d drive her anywhere from here to California
When this song is over, I have to find it
‘Cause she got me at “Heads Carolina”
2. “Over Here”, Florida Georgia Line
Written by Thomas Rhett, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
Florida Georgia Line earned their third straight No. 1 with “Round Here”, making the pair the second duo behind Brooks and Dunn to have their first three chart-topping singles. The song plays with typical country talking points: whiskey, small towns and one hell of a Saturday night. Rhett joined FGL in the past to perform the song.
Co-writer Rodney Clawson once said of the song, “A lot of these songs we write – ‘Round Here’ being the perfect example – are about how you have to invent your own good time. We have some cool lines in this song like spark plugs on truck tool box and stuff like that. These are all little things from our past. It’s funny because Chris grew up in a small town in northern Alabama 2,500 miles from where I grew up, but the same thing happened.
The moon rises and the sun goes down
We find a little corner on the outskirts of town
Swirl, sip a little, circulate
Dance in the dust, turn on the radio
And that Fireball whiskey whispers
Temptation in my ear
It’s a feeling good Saturday night
And that’s how we do it here
Yeah, that’s how we do it here
3. “Parking Party”, Lee Brice
Written by Lee Brice, Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett and Luke Laird
“Parking Lot Party” is a vignette of all the trouble one could cause by tailgating before a concert. The track was the fourth single from Lee Brice’s 2012 album, hard 2 love, and was later certified Gold by the RIAA. The production has a rock edge while Brice’s raspy voice adds a layer of charm. If there’s one thing Rhett knows how to do, it’s write a banger that has no trouble climbing the charts.
At the parking lot party
The tailgate hum just sips foam
It’s never too early
To light one, fill your cup
‘Cause there’s no party like pre-party
And after the party, it’s the after-party
At the parking lot party
4. “Hello Summer”, Danielle Bradbery
Written by Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Julian Bunetta, Jaren Johnston
“Hello Summer” is a love song tailor-made for warm July nights. Written by Rhett (alongside Rhett Atkins, Julian Bunetta and Jaren Johnston), this song was released as the second single from Danielle Bradbery’s album, I don’t believe we’ve met. “Goodbye Summer” peaked at 39 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, marking Bradbery’s second highest charting single to date. Bradbery and Rhett released a duet version in 2018.
Who knew that one glass would turn into five?
It’s crazy how June burns in July
Trying to keep September from crawling through my head
But I knew what I was getting into the minute I said
5. “Who am I”, NEED TO BREATHE
Written by Thomas Rhett, Cason Cooley, Jeremy Lutito, Jordan Reynolds, Bear Rinehart
In this song, Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE try to see themselves through the eyes of God. Keyboardist Josh Lovelace said of the song: “‘Who Am I’ was written in a time of reflection and reflection on ourselves and who we are in life. For us, speaking for ourselves as a group, we so often let our past mistakes define who we are today and I think when we look at our past through the prism of who we are as humans, we can be very defeated by things we have said or been told, or situations we have found ourselves in. “Who Am I” is about the breadth of Rhett’s songwriting abilities.
Sometimes my bad decisions
Define my false suspicions
No one should ever love me like you do
While I’m on this road you take my hand
Somehow you really like who I really am
I push you away, you still won’t let go
You grow your roses on my barren soul
Thomas Rhett (Photo: Courtesy of Green Room PR)