American country artist, Blake Shelton, was already a star in the making as the Oklahoma native when he began playing the guitar and singing by the age of twelve years old. As a teenager, he was already writing songs, which some of its material came from coping with the loss of his older brother, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1990. Not long afterward, Shelton moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his dream of becoming a country music star. Starting in 2001, after a few years working at a music publishing company, Shelton got his first big break when he signed his first record deal with Giant Records.
Since 2001, the rise to fame for Blake Shelton simply didn’t make him a country star. In addition to twelve studio album releases, five compilation albums, four extended plays (EPs), and fifty-two singles, Shelton can justifiably call himself a superstar. In addition to a successful string of certified-platinum albums and singles, he also has been featured on reality television programs such as The Voice, where he has been instrumental in helping aspiring country stars to realize the same dreams of success for themselves.
12. Startin’ Fires
The fifth studio album coming from Blake Shelton was (Startin’ Fires), which was released on November 18, 2008. There were two hit singles that came from that album, namely (She Wouldn’t Be Gone) and (I’ll Just Hold On). The first of the two peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart while the second single charted at number eight. She Wouldn’t Be Gone also became certified platinum as a single by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
11. Body Language
Released on May 21, 2021, Blake Shelton’s twelfth studio album, (Body Language) produced the hit single, (Happy Anywhere), which peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It has also since become certified platinum by the RIAA.
10. The Dreamer
Blake Shelton’s second studio album, (The Dreamer) was released on February 4, 2003. From it, three singles realized success on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. (The Baby) peaked at number one in 2002, followed by (Heavy Liftin’), which charted at number thirty-two, and then (Playboys of the Southwestern World), which charted at number twenty-four.
9. Pure BS
The fourth studio album from Blake Shelton was (Pure BS), and it was released on May 1, 2007. At the timing Shelton was recording the album, he was in the midst of a divorce with his first wife. Between that and personal issues he had been dealing with at the time, reflected itself into the music he produced. (Don’t Make Me) was the first of three singles that came from the album, which charted as high as number twelve on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. (The More I Drink) was the second single, which peaked as high as number nineteen. (Home) was the third, yet most successful single from the album as reached the very top of the music chart. Pure BS also became certified gold by the RIAA.
8. Texoma Shore
November 3, 2017, was the release date for Blake Shelton’s eleventh album, (Texoma Shore). In addition to becoming certified gold by the RIAA, it also debuted at the number four on the US Billboard 200 for having sold 63,000 copies of it, whether it be physically or digitally. There were three hit singles that came from the album, starting with (I’ll Name the Dogs), which peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became certified platinum by RIAA and Music Canada. (I Lived It) was the second hit single, which peaked at number eight and became certified gold by RIAA and Music Canada. The third single, (Turnin’ Me On), was charted at number ten.
7. Cheers, It’s Christmas
Released on October 2, 2012, Blake Shelton’s seventh studio album is also his first Christmas album. (Cheers, It’s Christmas) is loaded with Shelton’s personal Christmas favorites that include collaboration performances from Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, Pistol Annies, and Xenia. (Time for Me to Come Home) and (The Very Best Time of Year) are two original Christmas songs Shelton included in the album. With RIAA and Music Canada, the album became certified gold.
6. Blake Shelton
The self-titled debut album, (Blake Shelton), was released on July 31, 2001. After its release, it became certified platinum by the RIAA. The album produced three hit singles, starting with (Austin), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The second hit, (All Over Me), charted at number eighteen, and the third hit, (Ol’ Red) peaked at number fourteen. It was the one and the only album he’d record with Giant Records as it was bought out by Warner Bros. Nashville, the label Shelton would continue recording for.
5. Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill
(Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill) was released as Shelton’s third studio album on October 26, 2004. It would be the second time he would receive platinum certification by the RIAA, and it debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number twenty. There were four singles that were released from the album, where three of them broke into the top ten of the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The first single from the album, (When Somebody Knows You That Well) charted at number thirty-seven, followed by the second single (Some Beach), which peaked at number one. In 2005, (Goodbye Time) charted at number ten and (Nobody but Me) peaked at number four.
4. If I’m Honest
Certified-platinum by the RIAA, (If I’m Honest) was Blake Shelton’s tenth studio album, which was released on May 10, 2016. In what was one of the most personal albums the country superstar ever produced, while some of the music critics gave it mixed reviews, the voice of the fans overruled their opinions, which showed in the number of copies it sold. Within the first week, over 153,000 albums were bought by the fans, which made the album debut at number three on the US Billboard 200.
3. Bringing Back the Sunshine
(Bringing Back the Sunshine) was Blake Shelton’s ninth studio album, which was released on September 30, 2014. Within the first week of its release, it sold 101,000 copies in the US, which peaked the album at number one on the US Billboard 200. It has since become certified platinum by the RIAA and has produced four singles that charted as high as number one on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart, as well as Billboard Canada. In 2014, (Neon Light) and (Lonely Tonight) were the first two of his songs to chart, which was followed by 2015’s chart hits of (Sangria) and (Gonna).
2. Red River Blue
Certified platinum two times by the RIAA, Blake Shelton’s sixth studio album, (Red River Blue), produced four charted hits, each of them peaking at number one on the US Billboard Country Songs chart. In 2011, (Honey Bee) and (God Gave Me You) were to chart first, followed by (Drink on It) and (Over), which were charted in 2012. Honey Bee was certified platinum by the RIAA four times while God Gave Me You was certified platinum five times. Drink on It and Over each earned single platinum certification, also by the RIAA. Within the first week of Red River Blue’s release, it sold over 116,000, making it the number one debut album on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart.
1. Based on a True Story…
Released on March 16, 2013, Shelton’s eighth studio album, (Based on a True Story…), became the most successful album he’s ever produced so far. Since its release, it has been certified platinum by the RIAA three times, as well as single platinum from Music Canada. When the album was released, it was debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart as it sold almost 200,000 copies within its first week. There were five number-one singles from the album, at least according to the US Billboard Country Airplay and Billboard Canada. In 2013, (Sure Be Cool if You Did), (Boys ‘Round Here), and (Mine Would Be You) each appeared on the charts and each earned multiple platinum certifications from the RIAA, as well as platinum from Music Canada. In 2014, (Doin’ What She Likes) and (My Eyes) both received platinum certification from the RIAA and were certified gold by Music Canada.