Trace Adkins' 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' (October 2005)
Trace Adkins had already enjoyed some success with brash, rhythmic recitations like "Chrome," but "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was his first explicit embrace of a hip-hop idiom. Songwriters Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Dallas Davidson employed "Badonkadonk" — a posterior descriptor straight out of black, hip-hop culture — as a joke. The original album version of the song had Southern rock muscle, then a dance remix gave it a second life commercially. Davidson, who's from Georgia, has gone on to co-write plenty of other hip-hop-influenced country hits, including Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here" and Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" and "That’s My Kind of Night." Watch the 'Badonkadonk" video here.