Forty-two years ago today, Blake Shelton made his debut into this world. For seventeen of those years, he has been a part of our lives, bringing us endless entertainment in the form of mullets, music, and hilarious moments.
Shelton first made his way onto the country music scene in 2001 with the release of his massive, still beloved hit song, “Austin.” The ballad, which is an unconventional type of song to serve as a debut, truly paved the way for this superstar and continues to be one of his most popular songs in his catalog.
“Austin” spent five weeks at No. 1 and was the first of a trifecta of charting singles from his debut, self-titled album (“All Over Me” and “Ol’ Red“). The album was the only disc he released on his original label, Giant Records, as it later shut its doors. At that time, Shelton transferred to Warner Music Nashville, where he remains today.
Throughout his career, Shelton has released eleven studio albums, four compilation albums, and thirty-eight singles — twenty-five of which have climbed to No. 1. Shelton’s current single, “I Lived It” (the music video for which can be seen below), is currently working its way up the chart and is predictably going to be his twenty-sixth No. 1 of his career. To date, Shelton has sold over thirty million singles and over ten million records worldwide.
Of course, Shelton is also widely known for his position as coach on NBC‘s The Voice, a show on which he holds the most wins, having six of his team members go on to take the title. One of the only two coaches to appear on all fourteen seasons thus far (Adam Levine being the other), Shelton is already signed on for the fifteenth season, coming later this year.