Top 10 Keith Urban Songs
Keith Urban first brought his songs to Nashville in the mid-’90s, and since releasing his self-titled debut solo album in 1999, the Australian has been considered to be one of the most promising acts in country music. It didn’t take long for him to blossom into a superstar. By 2004, he was rattling off No. 1 hits at a George Strait-like pace.
Now healthy and happily married to actress Nicole Kidman, Urban seems poised to deliver the best music of his career. That’s good news for fans, but bad news for us. Trimming all of his hits down to a Top 10 was a painfully difficult task. Can you imagine what it will be like in five or 10 more years? Feel free to share your thoughts on this list in the feedback section below. The Top 10 Keith Urban songs were decided using chart performance, sales figures, staff opinions and reader feedback.
‘Making Memories of Us’
From ‘Be Here’ (2004)
Rodney Crowell wrote this song, and Tracy Byrd and Vince Gill recorded it before Urban took a crack at it on his 2004 ‘Be Here’ album. While Urban’s uptempo jams get his concert audiences up on their feet, it’s his emotional and vulnerable ballads that make up half of this Top 10 Keith Urban Songs list. ‘Making Memories of Us’ was a five week No. 1 hit on the charts.
From ‘Defying Gravity’ (2009)
More than any other album, fans sensed Urban had finally found true love while listening to the songs from ‘Defying Gravity.’ He went through a sort of lovey-dovey period that actually began with the re-release of ‘You Look Good in My Shirt,’ and continued through until releasing ”Til Summer Comes Around.’ ‘Sweet Thing’ begins with a wandering guitar lick into a melody that you can’t sing along to — the words come too fast — but can certainly shake with. The track was Urban’s tenth song to top the charts.
‘We Were Us’ (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
One of the signature tracks from Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ album is his duet with Miranda Lambert. The shuffling chorus grabs you and sweeps you away like the high tide. Pay attention to and appreciate his guitar solo that weaves through the lyrics during the final minute of this rowdy jam. It’s one you’ll likely be hearing for years to come.
From ‘Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing’ (2006)
‘Stupid Boy’ is a fan favorite, so much so that Urban still includes it in his live set despite a relatively “mediocre” chart performance (it only reached No. 3). Many of Urban’s best songs follow this pattern. ”Til Summer Comes Around’ is another example to be found later on this list. Both take a little more patience to get into but pay off handsomely. For Urban, both songs paid off with Grammy Awards.
‘Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me’
From ‘Golden Road’ (2003)
Urban began to build his brand with ‘Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me’ in 2003 and 2004. Country purists began to recognize his skill on a number of different instruments, and fans began to form a set of expectations about what new Keith Urban songs would sound like. This song, like so many on the ‘Golden Road’ album, has stood the test of time. It was the first of three straight No. 1 hits for Urban.
‘Tonight I Wanna Cry’
From ‘Be Here’ (2004)
Urban’s pain seeps from his fingertips to the keys of his piano with the very first note of this heartbreaker from 2005. There isn’t a more raw, hopeless song to be found on a Keith Urban record. He wrote the song with Monty Powell, and has never shared who the girl was that hurt him so badly. The low came just before he met Nicole Kidman, however, proving that after every winter comes spring.
‘Somebody Like You’
From ‘Golden Road’ (2002)
Keith Urban’s first gold single also spent six weeks atop the Billboard charts and was named the country song of the decade in 2009 by Billboard. Yeah, it was a pretty big song for Urban. One could argue an artist’s first hit from a second album is more important than his debut single because expectations are so much higher. Urban delivered with ‘Somebody Like You,’ a song that still cracks the concert set list today.
”Til Summer Comes Around’
From “Defying Gravity’ (2009)
Despite being largely ignored at country music award shows, this heartbreaking ballad won a Grammy for Best Male Country Performance in 2011. The lyrics touch all of the senses. Anyone who spends enough time to fall into this song will feel like he’s right there with Urban at the shuttered carnival. You can almost feel the cool autumn breeze as he feigns hope that his girl will return. It’s painful and beautiful, and an easy choice for our Top 10 Keith Urban Songs list.
‘Days Go By’
From ‘Be Here’ (2005)
This is one of a handful of songs one could call a career song for Keith Urban. Few hits over the last 10 years sounded better with the windows rolled down, driving 75 mph on the open summer highway. It spent four weeks on the top of Billboard’s charts and sold a gazillion copies. Not surprisingly, Urban won his only CMA Entertainer of the Year award after this string of hits came to an end in 2005. It was a great time to be Keith Urban.
‘You’ll Think of Me’
From ‘Golden Road’ (2002)
The rhymes and images fell seamlessly into place for this chart-topper from 2004. “Take your records, take your freedom / Take your memories, I don’t need ’em / Take your space and take your reasons / But you’ll think of me,” Urban sings on what ended up being his most successful crossover hit. Often crossover success is a blight on a country singer’s resume, but few had any misgivings about making sure the world heard this emotional ballad. The tune, which tops our list of Keith Urban songs, sums up revenge in a tactful and civilized way.