We can all agree that Blake Shelton is undoubtedly one of the best singer-songwriters that country music has ever seen. Not only is he always re-inventing himself, but he continuously offers a current and diverse song selection on each and every one of his studio albums.
Forty-one-years ago today (June 18, 1976), the Oklahoma native was born; And to honor him on his big day, we’ve put together our Top 5 songs throughout his entire career!
5. “Austin”- Blake Shelton (2001)
Shelton’s debut release, “Austin,” shaped his entire career. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country singles chart. The song tells the tale of a relationship that ends with a woman moving to Austin “without leaving her number.” She waits a full year before calling him and hearing on his answering machine, “If this is Tuesday night, I’m bowling / If you’ve got something to sell / You’re wastin’ your time, I’m not buyin’ … and P.S., if this is Austin, I still love you.”
4. “God Gave Me You” – Red River Blue (2011)
Written by singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, who originally released the song in January 2010 as the lead single from his album, “God Gave Me You” served as the inspiration behind Shelton proposing to Miranda Lambert. Not only did the song stay at No. 1 for three weeks, but it has also been certified double platinum and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.
3. “Sure Be Cool If You Did”- Based On a True Story
This hit song was written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins and Jimmy Robbins. After debuting at No. 32 on Billboard‘s country chart in January 2013, the tune became the second-highest debut of Shelton’s career, selling 98,000 downloads its first week of release. The song became Shelton’s eighth consecutive No. 1 and remained at the summit for five weeks.
2. “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” – All About Tonight (2010)
Originally recorded by Joe Nichols in 2007, “All About Tonight” went all the way to No. 1 with this Oklahoma native. “Do you pour a little something on the rocks? / Slide down the hallway in your socks?,” he sings in the hit song. “Do you listen to your music quietly? / And when it feels just right, are you thinkin’ of me?” His flawless performance offers a mere glimpse of Shelton’s sensitive side.
1. “Honey Bee” – Red River Blue
Written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, this chart-topping hit was the first single released from Shelton’s sixth studio album. The song sold 138,000 digital downloads in its first week, setting a new record for the most first-week downloads by a male country artist. The singer professes his love in the first few lines of the chorus: “If you’ll be my Louisiana/I’ll be your Mississippi/You’ll be my Little Loretta /I’ll be your Conway Twitty/You’ll be my sugar, baby/I’ll be your sweet iced tea/You’ll be my honeysuckle/I’ll be your honey bee.” The song hit the top of the chart June 25, 2011, and stayed at No. 1 for four weeks.