10 Best Blake Shelton Songs
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Blake Shelton has been cranking out the hits since 2001.
Making his debut with his iconic ballad “Austin,” Shelton has gone on to release 11 studio albums and has notched a whopping 26 career No.1s.
We’re taking a look back at Blake Shelton’s incredible catalog of his to rank our 10 best songs by the Oklahoma native.
10. “Came Here to Forget”
Written by Deric Ruttan and Craig Wiseman from If I’m Honest (2016)
“Came Here to Forget” was the first single Shelton released to country radio following his highly publicized divorce from Miranda Lambert. Tinged with heartache, the song tells the familiar story of two people looking for a rebound after their previous relationships fell apart. Though he didn’t have a hand in writing the song, Shelton said the tune was “a direct look into my life.”
9. “Ol’ Red”
Written by James Bohon, Don Goodman and Mark Sherrill from Blake Shelton (2001)
Originally recorded by the legendary George Jones and covered by the great Kenny Rogers, “Ol’ Red” found its way to Blake Shelton in the early 2000s and was released as the Oklahoma native’s third single. Though it didn’t reach the top of the charts (it peaked at No.14), Shelton considers “Ol’ Red” his signature song and even named his chain of restaurants after it.
8. “Boys ‘Round Here” (feat. Pistol Annies & friends)
Written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Craig Wiseman from Based on a True Story… (2013)
Shelton is probably the only country artist who could ever pull this one off. With outlandish, yet memorable, lyrics like “Red red red red red red red red redneck” and “Chew tobacco, chew tobacco, chew tobacco, spit” “Boys ‘Round Here” embraces everything about the stereotypical Southern lifestyle. Though some critics tore Shelton apart over this one, it has become a fan-favorite and a staple in his live show.
7. “Some Beach”
Written by Rory Feek and Paul Overstreet from Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill (2004)
Country music fans love a good double entendre, so it’s no surprise that Shelton’s quirky “Some Beach” made its way to the top of the charts.
6. “The Baby”
Written by Harley Allen and Michael White from The Dreamer (2003)
“The Baby” is country music storytelling at its best. Shelton’s delivery and impeccable interpretation of the song proved his staying power. The song became the singer’s second chart-topping single in early 2003.
5. “Lonely Tonight” (feat. Ashley Monroe)
Written by Brent Anderson and Ryan Hurd from Bringing Back the Sunshine (2014)
“Lonely Tonight” is a traditional country ballad about a late-night booty call. Featuring vocals from the incredible Ashley Monroe, the emotional duet was praised by critics and went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
4. “I’ll Name the Dogs”
Written by Matt Dragstrem, Ben Hayslip and Josh Thompson from Texoma Shore (2017)
With its catchy melody and clever lyrics, “I’ll Name the Dogs” was an instant hit. Filled with mentions of marriage and babies, the song had fans speculating if Shelton was ready to take the next step in his relationship with girlfriend Gwen Stefani. Built around the line “You name the babies and I’ll name the dogs,” this charming tune is simply one of Shelton’s best.
3. “Hillbilly Bone” (feat. Trace Adkins)
Written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman from Hillbilly Bone (2010)
“Hillbilly Bone” is the perfect representation of Shelton’s personality and an excellent choice for a duet with Trace Adkins. The light-hearted track earned Shelton his very first ACM Award (Vocal Event of the Year) and marked the beginning of a long run of consecutive No.1s for the superstar.
2. “God’s Country”
Written by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson from TBA (2019)
“God’s Country,” was released in 2019 and it quickly became one of the biggest hits of Shelton’s career. “It just sounds like a missing link in country music for the last 10 or 12 years,” he once shared of the tune.
Written by David Kent and Kirsti Manna from Blake Shelton (2001)
Not many artists can say they launched their career with one of the greatest country songs of all time, but Shelton certainly can. “Austin” spent a whopping five weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 2001 and is still played by many country radio stations to this day.
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