But his true breakthrough came in 1999 with his self-titled first U.S. solo album. The record spawned the first Top 10 country hit by a male New Zealander (“Your Everything”) and a chart-topper penned by two of The Go-Go’s, “But for the Grace of God.” It also helped him to pick up the first of many accolades at the ACMs.
Urban cemented his new star status with 2002’s Golden Road. Its lead single, “Somebody Like You,” was later recognized as the biggest country single of the ’00s, while fourth single, “You’ll Think of Me,” won a Grammy. Urban enjoyed just as much success with 2004’s Be Here, 2006’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing and 2009’s Defying Gravity.
The New Zealander continued to dominate the following decade too, with 2010’s Get Closer, 2013’s Fuse and 2016’s Ripcord all producing chart-toppers. In fact, the latter’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” spent an incredible twelve weeks in the top position. As of December 2017, Urban has achieved a total of 37 U.S. Hot Country Songs hits, almost half of which have reached number one.