Following his 2006 win on television show Nashville Star, Chris Young earned widespread country music fame with his breakout single, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” released in 2009. Since then, Young has continued his successful career with a steady stream of hits which consistently showcase his low, classic country voice. After 15 years in the business, Young celebrated the release of his eighth studio album, Famous Friends, on Friday, August 6. Here’s a look back at Young’s entire discography and 10+ of his best singles so far.
- “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” — from The Man I Want To Be
Undoubtedly the single that launched him into country fame, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” established Young as country music’s newest smooth-voiced, handsome crooner. In the sexy tune, Young sings of being on a date with a partner, but instead of enjoying the dinner, he’s simply thinking about taking his date home for the night. This single followed his moderately successful tune, “Voices,” which peaked at No. 37. However, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” more than surpassed that song’s success, becoming his first-ever No. 1 hit.
2. “The Man I Want To Be” — from The Man I Want To Be
With the momentum of his first No. 1 single behind him, Young released his next tune, “The Man I Want To Be,” in October 2009. While “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” found Young waxing romantic, “The Man I Want To Be” preached Young’s down-home values. Fueled by heartbreak, the song finds Young praying to God to help him become a better man. “God, I wanna be your man / And I wanna be her man / God, I only hope she still believes / In the man I wanna be,” he sings. “The Man I Want To Be” became Young’s second No. 1 single.
3. “Tomorrow” — from Neon
After two highly successful singles from The Man I Want To Be, Young continued his journey to stardom with his third major-label studio album, Neon. Young opted to release a heartbreak tune called “Tomorrow” as the album’s debut single, and it was a decision that paid off. In the song, Young sings of ending a failing relationship, but the couple share one more night together before parting forever. With the tune’s bittersweet lyrics and Young’s solid performance, the song went on to become his third No. 1 hit and it has since been certified 2x Platinum.
4. “You” — from Neon
In September 2011, Young left behind the heartbreak songs and released an upbeat tune called “You.” In this bouncy country track full of guitar and fiddle instrumentation, Young sings of love gone right — sharing that he’s never felt the same love for anyone that he feels for his current partner. As a made-for-radio track that exemplified Young’s country roots, “You” did well for the singer, becoming his fifth consecutive No. 1 single.
5. “Lonely Eyes” — from A.M.
Chris Young began a new era in 2013 with his album, A.M., which found his music evolving towards a more modern sound while also keeping his country roots. The album’s third single, “Lonely Eyes,” is an upbeat, flirty track in which Young chronicles catching a glimpse of a woman in a bar, and the first thing he notices are her “lonely eyes.” The romantic tune became a No. 2 hit for Young and has been certified Platinum.
6. “I’m Comin’ Over” — from I’m Comin’ Over
Chris Young’s A.M. album brought the singer radio success, but none of the singles managed to find their way to the No. 1 spot. That all changed with the release of “I’m Comin’ Over,” the title track of his fifth studio album released in 2015. In this, another upbeat, flirty track, Young sings to a love interest as he’s on his way to her house. “I’m Comin’ Over” brought Young back to the No. 1 spot on the charts for the first time in three years, and the tune received Platinum certification.
For the second single from his I’m Comin’ Over album, Chris Young teamed up with Cassadee Pope for the bittersweet “Think of You.” In this tune, Young and Pope sing from the perspective of an ex-couple going out on the town alone and reminiscing on when they used to be together. The song addresses the empty feeling one has when a friend group is broken up by the demise of a relationship. The duet was a success for Young and Pope, becoming a Platinum-certified No. 1 single.
Young returned to the country heartbreak tunes for his 2016 single, “Sober Saturday Night,” from his I’m Comin’ Over album. Aided by background vocals from Vince Gill, Young sings about feeling miserable on a Saturday night, as if he has a hangover, but it’s his broken heart making him feel that way. This mid-tempo, soaring ballad from Young proved successful, landing again at No. 1 and earning Gold status.
9. “Losing Sleep” — from Losing Sleep
Chris Young opened yet another musical chapter in 2017 with his album, Losing Sleep, and the title track, which was released as the lead single. In one of his most pop-infused singles yet, Young continues his mastery of the country love song as he sings about a passionate night with a love interest. Although the song’s production proved more modern, his country voice and impressive range continued to come through in the feel-good tune. “Losing Sleep” became Young’s ninth No. 1 hit.
10. “Famous Friends” — from Famous Friends
In his latest single, “Famous Friends,” Young teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Kane Brown. In the up-tempo, country-infused track, Young and Brown sing about the loyal friends they have in their hometowns, and while those friends aren’t “famous” by the world’s standards, they are famous in the small towns in which they live. The tune is a feel-good ode to friendship, which is a perfect match for two friends like Young and Brown. “Famous Friends” became Young’s 10th No. 1 hit in July.