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No one in Nashville really knows the exact secret to getting a song to the No. 1 spot on the country charts. But if I had to take a stab at it, I think part of the secret might be having Russell Dickerson, Casey Brown and Parker Welling write the song.

That songwriting trio wrote Dickerson’s latest No. 1 song “Love You Like I Used To.” But they also penned his last three No. 1 songs: “Yours,” “Blue Tacoma” and “Every Little Thing.”

“THIS IS CRAZY! I’ve always dreamed of having a No. 1 song on the radio but four in a row is absolutely insane! Shout out to the writers, my amazing team, and country radio for all this crazy love on ’Love You Like I Used To,’” Dickerson shared in a press release.

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And in a recent interview with, Dickerson said the twist at the end of the song is about love that evolves over time. “First of all that love is worth fighting for. Also, I want to champion the good guy,” he’d said at the time. “That it’s way more fulfilling than all of this party-life hype.”

Dickerson’s sophomore studio album Southern Symphony will be released on December 4.

And in the meantime, Dickerson is staying busy with his two-month-old son Remington Edward and with his YouTube series This Is Russ.

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Alison makes her living loving country music. She’s based in Chicago, but she’s always leaving her heart in Nashville.