Due to the fact that he was brought up in Australia, Keith Urban worked twice as hard to get accepted into the Nashville country music scene. That wasn’t the only thing that has made Keith Urban stand out among his peers in the country music scene. He is a God-fearing man with great musical talents to back it up. He is also a great guitarist with infectious energy on stage. With twelve albums under his belt, Keith Urban is one of the greatest country music artists of our time. Here are all Keith Urban albums ranked.
12. Keith Urban (1991)
Keith Urban’s debut studio album kicks us off in our ranking of all Keith Urban studio albums. The album was released in 1991 only in Australia. There wasn’t much to take home from this album since it wasn’t until 2005 that it was released worldwide by EMI. The album contained a total of 15 tracks, including an instrumental, “Clutterbilly,” which he had done as a member of the group, The Ranch. The album peaked at #98 on the Australian charts.
12. The Speed of Now (Part 1) (2020)
This album was a follow-up to his 2018 album, Graffiti U. The album showed us how Keith Urban had evolved to fit in the modern soundscapes and lyrical concepts. The album contained 16 tracks that included collaborations with Eric Church and Nile Rodgers. One of the most impressive tracks from the album is “One Too Many,” which sees Keith Urban team up with P!nk as well as “Better Than I Am,” which features Adele. Although the album just shows how Keith Urban struggled to release it during quarantine, this album offers an excellent escape for country music lovers.
10. Graffiti U (2018)
This 2018 album by Keith Urban never felt like the most uniform release, and it was another adventurous album similar to Ripcord. Despite how good Keith Urban may seem to be at transcending music genres, this album felt as if Keith had ventured into extremely new territory. He took part in writing 12 of the 13 tracks in this album which is a plus, and several guitar-driven songs in the album go to prove his undeniable talent.
9. Ripcord (2016)
Ripcord was a great album with songs that mostly talked about love and good feelings. The album was released in 2016 and is regarded as Keith Urban’s most experimental album ever. Right from the first track, “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” you can tell that this would be unlike anything that Keith Urban has ever released. The album has a plethora of hit songs, with the songs “Wasted Time,” “The Fighter,” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” being number hits.
8. Days Go By (2005)
This album was released in 2005 by Capitol Nashville, and it was primarily a compilation of two albums, namely Golden Road and Be Here. The stand-out tracks on this album include “You’ll Think of Me,” and She’s Gotta Be,” which set the tone of the whole album, which contains nothing but impressive lyrics. The album is a great listen anytime you are driving.
7. Keith Urban (1999)
This album is also known as Keith Urban 2, and it was Keith Urban’s breakthrough album. It is also the only Keith Urban album not to have been produced by Dunn Huff, who has been at the heart of the production of all his albums ever since. The album contained three tracks that made it to the US Billboard Hot Country Charts. The album was also nominated for Best Country Album at the 2000 ARIA Music Awards, although it ultimately lost.
6. Get Closer (2010)
Since Keith Urban got married to Nicole Kidman and started releasing songs about marriage, many fans felt out of touch with him. This 2010 album hinted at a return to his former sound that places traditional country string instruments at the fore. Three songs in this album topped the US Billboard Country Hot Country Songs. Despite the success of these singles, Get Closer did not have a single hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is the only Keith Urban album not to have been certified platinum.
5. Fuse (2013)
Before he released this album, Keith Urban had promised that this album would have a little bit of everything. To our surprise, the album had that extra little bit and was one of his best albums in years. The album had four top chatting songs and had an impressive guest list featuring the likes of Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was praised for its diversity.
4. Defying Gravity (2009)
The title of this album was derived from the lyrics of the song, “If Ever I Could Love,” which summed up the uplifting spirit he felt while creating this album. The album was upbeat and quite melodic, with some lovely songs such as “Til Summer Comes Around” and “Thank You.” The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album, losing to Taylor Swift’s Fearless.
3. Be Here (2004)
Coming in at number three is the album, Be Here, which is Keith Urban’s best-selling album and also one of the best-selling albums in America by an Australian artist. The album contained a number of hit songs such as “Better Life,” “Days Go By,” and “Tonight I Wanna Cry” The album peaked at #8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.
2. Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (2006)
Coming in at number two is Keith Urban’s fifth studio album which was also one of his most anticipated albums before its release. The album never disappointed, and clearly, it was Keith Urban at his peak. The album contained some romantic up-tempo ballads such as the Grammy Award-winning song “You’ll Think of Me” and a cover of Phil Collins’s song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The album was a critical and commercial success and has been certified platinum in Canada, Australia, and the US.
1. Golden Road (2002)
The top album in our ranking of the greatest Keith Urban albums is the 2002 album Golden Road. It was the first album to be produced by Dann Huff, who has produced every other Keith Urban album ever since. It’s surprising how most of Keith Urban’s older material has been overlooked, and this album is quite a gem. “You’re Not Alone Tonight” and “Song for Dad” are two songs that sum up the sound that Keith Urban has employed as his own. The album debuted at #7 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.