Keith Urban is undoubtedly one of the greatest country artists of his generation. His ever-evolving sound, impeccable musicianship and ability to connect with fans has allowed him to build a career worthy of four Grammy Awards, multiple Entertainer of the Year trophies and countless other awards from the ACM, CMA, AMA and beyond.
After releasing a self-titled album in Australia in 1991, Urban made his way to the United States where he began performing as part of a band called The Ranch. His career as a solo artist began to take off in 1999 with the release of “It’s A Love Thing.” In the two decades since, Urban has continued to crank out hit after hit and remains one of country music’s most revered performers.
Here, we take a look back at Keith Urban’s catalog to rank his 10 best songs.
10. “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me”
Written by Monty Powell and Keith Urban from Golden Road (2002)
“Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” embodies everything fans have grown to love about Urban’s signature sound. A Keith Urban playlist wouldn’t be complete without this carefree country rocker.
9. “‘Til Summer Comes Around”
Written by Monty Powell and Keith Urban from Defying Gravity (2009)
“‘Til Summer Comes Around” is a heartbreaking ballad about a man who returns to the same beachside boardwalk every summer with hopes that his long-lost love will return. With no sign of his former lover, the narrator finds himself hanging on to the memories of the summer they spent together. The song didn’t reach the top of the charts, but it earned Urban a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
8. “Making Memories of Us”
Written by Rodney Crowell from Be Here (2004)
Originally recorded by Rodney Crowell, “Making Memories of Us” stands out as one of Urban’s most romantic ballads. A five-week No.1, the song is often used as a first dance song at weddings. Urban even performed the song at his own wedding when he married Nicole Kidman in 2006.
7. “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne from Ripcord (2016)
When it comes to production, Urban always finds a way to push the envelope, and this song is the perfect example of that. Blurring the lines between country and pop, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” served as the official introduction to Urban’s Ripcord album. The song was an instant hit and has become a staple in the superstar’s live show.
6. “You’ll Think of Me”
Written by Darrell Brown, Dennis Matkosky and Ty Lacy from Golden Road (2002)
“You’ll Think of Me” strikes a chord for anyone who has ever experienced a bad breakup. The emotional ballad finds the narrator losing sleep over his broken relationship. Though he’s deeply saddened by the demise of their romance, he finds comfort knowing his ex will later realize she made a mistake. Urban earned his first-ever Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for this heartwrenching track.
5. “We Were Us” (with Miranda Lambert)
Written by Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite from Fuse (2013)
Urban and fellow superstar Miranda Lambert came together for “We Were Us,” a duet included on Urban’s 2013 album, Fuse. The track finds the narrators reminiscing about lost love and remembering what life was like when they were together. Crowned Musical Event of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards, “We Were Us” is more than worthy of a spot among Urban’s best.
4. “Stupid Boy”
Written by Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant and Sarah Buxton from Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing (2006)
Fans have Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, to thank for “Stupid Boy” as she’s the one who pushed him to record it. Although the song peaked at No.3 on the charts, it’s one of the singer’s most memorable recordings. Urban took home the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Stupid Boy” in 2007.
3. “The Fighter” (feat. Carrie Underwood)
Written by Keith Urban and busbee from Ripcord (2016)
Fans were thrilled to learn that Urban had enlisted Carrie Underwood for a duet on his Ripcord album. The track, entitled “The Fighter,” more than lived up to the hype. With its pop-heavy production and infectious call-and-response lyrics, “The Fighter” quickly became a fan favorite.
2. “Somebody Like You”
Written by John Shanks and Keith Urban from Golden Road (2002)
Urban’s second chart-topping song, “Somebody Like You,” brought the singer’s career to new heights. The track spent six weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and has become of one his signature hits. Fun fact: the song was remixed for the popular romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.
1. “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Written by Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg from Ripcord (2016)
To put it simply, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is a masterpiece. The song’s lyrical imagery and Urban’s exquisite vocals combine to make this waltz-like ballad a career highlight. The song topped multiple Billboard charts, including Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs. It also received two Grammy nominations.