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Dierks Bentley’s 15 Sexiest Songs

From the playful “What Was I Thinkin'” to carnal “Black”

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Dierks Bentley's 'Black' is an album centered around relationships.

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Whether he’s ogling a “little white tank top” in his passenger seat or laying his lady down on a “bed of sweet surrender,” Dierks Bentley has a way with sexy words. Sure, the country star is known for his beer-soaked party songs, but he has far from pigeonholed himself as just a good-time guy. In fact, eight studio albums into his career, Bentley has created quite the sensitive — and sensual — soundtrack for a romantic party for two. As we count down to the May 27th release of the singer-songwriter’s new album, Black — with its track list of tunes about relationships — we sweat through the most seductive songs of his catalog.

Apple Music has created a playlist to accompany our list of sexy Dierks Bentley songs. Listen to all 15 tracks here, or scroll below.

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“What Was I Thinkin'”

When Bentley picks up an Alabama bombshell without asking for her daddy's permission, things get ugly. By the end of the night, he's taken a punch to the jaw and a round of buckshot to the tailgate. . . and he's ready to do it all over again, just so he can spend one more night with his shotgun rider. The whole thing is a bit ill-advised, perhaps, but when does young love ever make sense? "I know what I was feelin,'" he sings of the "little white tank top"-clad lady, "But what was I thinkin'?"

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There's bound to be a lot of weight placed on the title track from Bentley's forthcoming Black, his eighth album that pays tribute to the many sides of romance through a nod to his wife Cassidy's maiden name. And "Black," a song that's as steamy as it gets, does not disappoint. With downright direct lyrics ("Knock me flat on my back, yeah/Just keep doing that/That thing you're doing there"), it still manages to stay smooth and sensual in the hands of Bentley: He makes the whole thing feel like a set of sweaty, charged whispers between two lovers looking not just for a few moments of euphoria but a way to drown out the realities of a world that's often more bleak than black.

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“Sweet and Wild”

For his first greatest hits compilation, Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008, Bentley knew he had to do something special – especially because he only had three albums under his belt at this point. So he chose to include two new tracks, one of which was this Jay Clementi and Radney Foster-written duet that let Bentley croon along with Sarah Buxton to a swift picking banjo, landing in his perfect wheelhouse where love and lust float equally in balance. "Every breath fanned the flame," he sings to a suggestive, thumping beat, "your warm body drove me insane." Bentley being Bentley, it's the polar opposite from the LP's other exclusive song, the raucous "With the Band" about his romance with a more elusive suitor: rock & roll glory.

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“Draw Me a Map”

Bentley is lost. Literally. While mandolins, fiddles and acoustic guitars twang in the background, he sings to a long-gone lover, hoping against hope that she'll allow him back into her good graces. "Draw me a map that leads me back to you," goes the lonely refrain, featuring harmony vocals from bluegrass queen Alison Krauss.

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“Settle for a Slowdown”

Like a clip from a Nicholas Sparks film, "Settle for a Slowdown" opens with a rain-soaked Bentley standing in the middle of the road, watching his lover drive away. He knows she's gone for good, but he can't help squinting into the distance, hoping to see something — a brake light, maybe — to indicate some sort of hesitation on her part. "I keep looking for the slightest sign that you might miss what you left behind," he admits during the song's chorus.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Musician Dierks Bentley performs onstage during the 2nd Annual National Concert Day presented by Live Nation at Irving Plaza on May 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Live Nation)

“Pretty Girls”

Bentley and his buddies hit up a dive bar during two-for-one night, looking to enjoy a little people-watching. There's no posturing, no pick-up lines, no macho-man swagger in this Riser deep cut — just genuine appreciation for the titular "Pretty Girls" who drink just as hard as the boys. "You can't beat this view," Bentley admits, while the band kicks into an appropriately lazy groove behind him.

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