Keith Urban has been entertaining fans with his crystal clear voice, high energy shows, and unmatched musicianship for three decades. Since his first album to now, Urban has racked up almost more hits than one can count, with each song seemingly earning more accolades than the last. This month, we look back on Urban’s career and attempt to narrow those hits down to just a few essential tracks.
These are the Top 10+ Keith Urban songs.
“Somebody Like You” — from Golden Road
While “Somebody Like You” wasn’t Urban’s first Number One hit, it is surely one that put him on the map. This song, from his 2002 album Golden Road, spent a whopping six weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. It also peaked at Number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, Billboard crowned the song as the number one country song of the decade. A memorable music video accompanied the song, and the tune was also featured in the 2003 film, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.
“You’ll Think Of Me” — from Golden Road
Urban’s Golden Road record featured other upbeat songs similar to “Somebody Like You,” but his 2004 single “You’ll Think Of Me” brought a more vulnerable side to the album. In this two-week Number One, Urban sings of a failed relationship and all the heartbreak that goes along with it. Not only did the song earn Urban his first Grammy for Best Male Country Performance, but it also sparked a debate about whether Urban was singing about his ex taking her “cat” or her “cap” after the break up. Urban confirmed via social media in 2019 that he did, in fact, sing “cat.”
“Days Go By” — from Be Here
Urban kicked off the Be Here album era with another iconic hit, 2004’s “Days Go By.” The now-recognizable guitar intro coupled with banjo and mandolin instrumentation continued the laid-back, windows-down, feeling that “Somebody Like You” started nearly two years earlier. The summer hit became Urban’s fifth Number One, and spent four weeks at the top.
“Making Memories Of Us” — from Be Here
It’s hard to think of a more wedding-worthy song than Urban’s 2005 single, “Making Memories Of Us.” A genuine ode to everlasting love, the tune was written by Rodney Crowell and originally recorded by Tracy Byrd, and later by Crowell and Vince Gill, before Urban got his hands on it. When Urban released his version, it became a defining song for him that spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
“Stupid Boy” — from Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
The fact that Urban’s 2006 single “Stupid Boy” didn’t crack the Number One spot is puzzling. The tune, written by Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant, and Sarah Buxton, tells the story of a man whose foolish behavior causes him to lose a wonderful woman. The song was originally recorded by Sarah Buxton, which allowed her to tell the story from a woman’s perspective. When it was picked up by Urban for his Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing album, the perspective shifted, and we were able to hear the story from the man’s point of view. While it didn’t hit Number One on the charts, the tune did earn Urban his second Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
“Sweet Thing” — from Defying Gravity
When Urban released his fifth major album, Defying Gravity, he brought along a whole new generation of sing-along-worthy song. Kicking off that lineup was the album’s first single, “Sweet Thing,” a catchy tune about young summer love. The song, co-written by Urban and Monty Powell, earned Urban his 10th Number One hit and yet another Grammy win for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
“Raise ‘Em Up” — from Fuse
Only good things can happen when you combine the talents of Keith Urban and Eric Church, and that certainly was the case with their duet, “Raise ‘Em Up,” released as a single in 2015. Urban and Church sing about various thing being “raised up,” such as a lighter at a concert, a shot glass, and finally, a family. Written by Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston and Jeffrey Steele, the tune reached the No. 1 spot and received a Grammy nod.
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — from Ripcord
Urban’s 2016 single “Blue Ain’t You Color” is a waltz-infused tune about a man who sees a sad woman at a bar, and wants to let her know that whoever got her down isn’t worth it. The phrasing and melody of the song are undeniably catchy, and it was a massive hit for Urban, spending 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
“The Fighter” — from Ripcord
Just a couple of short years after Urban delivered his memorable duet with Eric Church, he blew fans away with another all-star collaboration: “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood. The uptempo song is about a man reassuring a woman that he’s in it for the long haul, and finds the two artists trading lines in the chorus. The song peaked at number one on the charts and earned the duo an ACM Award, a CMT Award, and nods from the CMA Awards and Teen Choice Awards.