"I truly expected nobody to like it or want to hear it."

Justin Moore Justin Moore (photo courtesy Big Machine Label Group)

Justin Moore‘s third studio album Off the Beaten Path, which dropped Sept. 17, features not only “Point At You” (a song that hit the No. 1 spot on the Mediabase country singles chart this week) but also “I’d Want It to Be Yours,” a new song that’s quickly becoming a fan favorite.

When Moore teamed up with songwriters Jeremy Stover and Brandon Kinney to write it, Moore says that the group’s initial goal was to revisit “I Could Kick Your Ass,” a song of Moore’s that appeared on his 2009 debut album.

“As crazy as it sounds, that song [‘I Could Kick Your Ass’] has been a blessing in my career. It was one of the reasons I got a record deal,” Moore told Radio.com during an interview last week in New York, when he was in town to celebrate the release of Off the Beaten Path. “It’s a big reason that album’s gold, and it’s one of those songs that I understand won’t ever be on the radio, but it’s important for my fans. It’s important to the album as a whole. I really sat down to write another one of those.”

Related: Watch Justin Moore talk about his No. 1 song “Point at You”:  “I try to find songs that are as real as possible.”

With the idea of writing something along the lines of, “If there’s anybody’s ass I would kiss or kick, I’d want it to be yours,” Moore said the new track went in a completely different direction. And as they continued to write, all the songwriters agreed if they were going to go this direction with the song, they should make it “as ridiculous” as possible.

Which they did. On the chorus of “I’d Want It To Be Yours,” for instance, Moore sings: “You’re a little bit of JLo / A little bit Kim Kardashian/ It’s big, it ain’t tiny/ I’m diggin that hiney, it’s a classy one.”

“I truly expected nobody to like it or want to hear it,” Moore said if “I’d Want It To Be Yours,” and yet “it’s quickly become a fan favorite. Women love it, I’m surprised. I thought women would hate it, but women love it, including my wife.” And last Thursday (Sept. 19), during a happy hour performance in New York, Moore played the track, and everyone in attendance laughed along.

So does he think it might eventually become a radio single? Um, not likely. “There’s a few cusswords in it,” he said.

At that same happy hour performance, Moore also sang another new song of his, “Heroes,” noting that a dollar of every download goes to the Armed Forces Foundation.

Moore describes himself as a traditional country singer, but he also noted that country music today comes in many different flavors, so it’s not always easy to define what makes an artist today “country.”

“There are so many types now,” he said.

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