25 Best Blake Shelton Songs: The Country Star’s Ultimate Playlist

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CHICAGO (July 1, 2017) Blake Shelton hands his guitar pick to an audience member during his performance at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games opening ceremony. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports including archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Alexandria Rockford) Image from Wikimedia Commons

Last updated on June 1st, 2023 at 09:24 pm

Blake Shelton has made a name for himself since his debut on the country music scene in 2001.

From solid cover songs to tear-jerking ballads to a little light-hearted fun, his music catalog has covered it all and earned him 28 No. 1 hits throughout his career.

So what are the best Blake Shelton songs? What is Blake Shelton’s biggest hit song?

Find out below.

The 25 Best Blake Shelton Songs


25. “Footloose” (2011)

It’s not often that we’ll find covers to be on par with their originals, but Blake Shelton’s cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” for the 2011 remake is one of those exceptions.

Although Loggins’ original cut is still the most popular, Shelton brings energy to the classic movie hit.

Much like the concept of the NBC’s The Voice, several chairs began to turn around and take notice of his music more and more when the song first hit the airwaves.


24. “Playboys of the Southwestern World” (2003)

Although it didn’t do as well as some of his other hits commercially, “Playboys of the Southwestern World” reminds listeners of the bonds of friendship, and how it remains strong despite any obstacles that might try to come between it.

This third single from Shelton’s second album The Dreamer reIt’smains one of our favorites.


23. “The More I Drink” (2007)

This honky-tonk ballad was called a “piano-laden ball of fun” by Billboard magazine, and we couldn’t agree more.

Although it didn’t earn Shelton another No. 1 hit, “The More I Drink” is good to listen to when you’re in the mood for a little fun.

Though there are many, this might be one of the best Blake Shelton songs to play in a honky tonk.

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22. “Boys ‘Round Here” (2013)

This 2013 single brings in a whole host of featured performers as “Boys ‘Round Here” celebrates southern life and the love of down-home old country music at its core.

This singalong is one of those classic good ol’ boy Blake Shelton songs.


21. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (2013)

“Sure Be Cool If You Did” off his Based on a True Story… album brought Shelton another No. 1 single after his second highest debut at No. 32.

The song tells the story of a man falling for a pretty girl he meets at a bar. It’s more ordinary than some of his other powerful hits, but it’s still one of our favorites.


20. “Goodbye Time” (2004)

Blake Shelton continues to make tribute to those that came before him as he covered Conway Twitty’s “Goodbye Time” for his third studio album Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill.

While paying tribute to the legendary singer, Shelton also made the song his own, and it remains one of the better contemporary country covers.


19. “Nobody But Me” (2005)

In this 2005 single, Blake Shelton is heard begging the woman he loves to remain his for life, and we all know we’ve felt that way at one time or another.

Peaking at No. 4 during its 36 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, it was featured in the Hallmark movie The Christmas Blessing, during which Blake Shelton portrayed himself as he graced the stage of a fundraiser at the end of the film to sing the song.


18. “Doin’ What She Likes” (2014)

What girl doesn’t want a man that knows what she likes most?

Blake Shelton is that man in his 2014 single “Doin’ What she Likes” off his Based on a True Story… album. This fun-loving song has an entertaining music video to boot.


17. “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking?” (2010)

The song reminds us to always pursue the one we love and is one of Blake Shelton’s best love ballads. The sensual sound of his vocals as he asks about the hidden characteristics his lover sticks with us.

The song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Songs chart in March 2011 and has sold over a million copies, certifying it platinum.


16. “Nobody But You” (2020)

Blake Shelton teams up with his future wife Gwen Stefani for this early 2020 single “Nobody But You.”

This power ballad duet that brings in both signature styles of the two singers received many favorable reviews and was an instant hit among fans of the couple.

It has been certified platinum 2x and was a Top 10 hit on multiple charts.


15. “Hillbilly Bone” (2009)

Fellow country star Trace Adkins joins Blake Shelton for this up-tempo song that glorifies the pride of the south and how anyone can relate.

The song peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and has been certified platinum.

Everyone agrees that “we all have a hillbilly bone down deep inside.”


14. “God’s Country” (2019)

According to Shelton, this southern rock anthem reminds the listener to keep the lyric strong and meaningfully deep while also allowing the listener to interpret how they want.

“But no matter where you are from or where you’re standing, it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s country,” Shelton has said.

“It’s really about a state of mind. Wherever you’re from and how you feel about that place. For me, it’s about being from Oklahoma – where I was born, raised and still live today.”

The single won the 2019 CMA Award and the 2020 ACM Award for Single of the Year and earned Shelton his ninth Grammy nomination at the 2020 Grammy Awards for the Best Country Solo Performance.

“God’s Country” is definitely one of the best Blake Shelton songs with a patriotic theme.


13. “Happy Anywhere” (2020)

Blake Shelton teams up with Stefani again for this sweet upbeat feel-good love song released in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although it never reached No. 1 on the charts, it’s a one of Blake Shelton’s best songs thanks to it’s reminder that, with the right person at our side, it doesn’t matter if where we are, even if it’s just sitting at home on the couch.

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12. “Came Here to Forget” (2016)

Who doesn’t want to forget heartbreak? Who doesn’t want to find love when it’s least expected?

“Came Here to Forget” addresses both of these questions as the narrator tells the story of meeting a stranger in the bar who is also trying to forget lost love.

In the wake of heartbreak the two seem to bond over the shared situation eventually hoping that it will help them forget why they stepped into the bar in the first place.

This fun Blake Shelton song is a meet-cute for the ages.


11. “Sangria” (2015)

This sexy, suggestive song has a subtle sultry feel, and we couldn’t love it more.

“Sangria” was the third single off Shelton’s ninth studio album Bringing Back the Sunshine, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and No. 3 on its Hot Country Songs chart.

Bringing a little Spanish flavor to the classic country music sound, we like to play it repeatedly as it comes “crashin’ into [us] like waves on the coast.”


10. “Some Beach” (2004)

Haven’t we all dreamt of being a beach somewhere instead of in the frustrations of everyday life?

Blake Shelton certainly has and it’s the basis for his 2004 single “Some Beach” from his Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill album.

The hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart where it spent four weeks as it dominated air waves.

The video, which features NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler, will always be imprinted on our brains.


9. “Lonely Tonight” (2014)

Blake Shelton’s 2014 duet with Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight,” tells of the bittersweet reality of a one-night stand between two ex-lovers.

This dark twist on the love song is captivating, relatable, and heartbreaking all at once.

The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance but lost to Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.”

“Lonely Tonight” is one of the best Blake Shelton songs where he duets with a woman other than his current wife.

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8. “The Baby” (2002)

“The Baby” was the debut single of Shelton’s second album The Dreamer and earned him his second No. 1 hit.

It’s a beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of each spot in a family and the beauty of the relationship between mother and child.

Just as the narrator does in the end upon the death of his mother, this song makes us cry like a baby, too. “The Baby” is one of those classic tearjerker Blake Shelton songs.


7. “I Lived It” (2018)

The second single from his album Texoma Shore, “I Lived It” is a nostalgic song about the childhood that anyone can relate to.

A reminder never to forget our roots and how they shaped us into the person we are, the song is easily not just the best of the album, it’s also one of the best Blake Shelton songs.


6. “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” (2008)

Blake Shelton expresses regret over his lost lover on his 2008 single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.”

The song shows off Shelton’s strong vocals, eventually earning the singer his fifth No. 1 hit.

It hits a chord with anyone dealing with the loss of a significant relationship that wonders what would have happened if we’d done things differently.


5. “Savior’s Shadow” (2016)

Blake Shelton’s strong faith was fully displayed in his 2016 single “Savior’s Shadow” off his If I’m Honest album.

It was co-written by Shelton and inspired by a dream; it was a personal song straight from the singer’s heart that had a strong performance in the country music world and in Christian music.

It’s his reminder to all to rely on the love of Christ, especially in our darkest moments. Blake Shelton songs about his faith are kind of rare, and this is among the best.


4. “Honey Bee” (2011)

It’s that perfect expression of a complementing relationship as the guy professes his feelings to the one he loves.

Complete with a reference to one of the most well-known country duets, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” you’ll find yourself singing this infectious and catchy tune all day.


3. “God Gave Me You” (2011)

This Dave Barnes cover released in 2011 reminds us of our gifts and the people God puts in our lives to help us get through.

It certainly inspired Shelton, because after hearing Barnes’ rendition on Christian radio, he made his cover that went to no. 1 in both the United States and Canada.


2. “Ol Red” (2002)

Love got him in, and love got him out.

Blake Shelton wasn’t the first country singer to record “Ol’ Red” but his version is the one that is the most remembered.

Following in the footsteps of George Jones’ version in 1990 and Kenny Rogers’ version in 1993, “Ol’ Red” tells the story of a man serving a 99-year prison term in Georgia for implied violence after his wife had an affair, and eventually makes his escape after a successful plan that involves two hound dogs.

Shelton’s version has been certified platinum 2x and peaked at No. 1 and No 14 on two Billboard charts.

It will forever be one of Blake Shelton’s best songs and one of his most popular.

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1. “Austin” (2001)

At the top of our best Blake Shelton songs list is his breakout single.

The singer’s debut single “Austin,” off his self-titled debut studio album, soared the country singer into the spotlight and also earned him his first No. 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The heartbreaking song of an unforgotten lost love has been embedded into our hearts forever and solidified Blake Shelton as someone to watch out for in the country music world.

“Austin” remained No. 1 on the charts for five weeks in 2001 and has sold nearly a million copies in the United States.

It is definitely Blake Shelton’s best song in our minds!

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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