12 Songs Keith Urban Is Loving

An Analysis of His Spotify List

Of course Keith Urban’s playlist would be this cool. He’s certainly not the kind of guy who’s going to have a straight-up mainstream-country-only kind of playlist or an all-anything list, for that matter. His recent Spotify playlist has a dozen songs, and they are from all over the music map.

Just to show you how open-minded he is, I will tell you what’s on the list (in case you don’t use Spotify and can’t get to it).

Urban definitely has some current country on it — Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton’s new singles are both there — and one from Sturgill Simpson . But just to mix things up, he also included some older alt-rock tunes, along with Canadian folk-pop, Swedish pop, a little vintage new wave, some British soul and a song from a husband-wife Americana duo.

In my wildest dreams, I don’t think I could have ever come up with a playlist this deep and diverse and downright cool. But I think I get a little bit more hip every time I listen to all 48 minutes of it.

“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams “It Ain’t All Flowers,” Sturgill Simpson
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “We Exist,” Arcade Fire “Fever,” the Black Keys “Once in a Lifetime,” Talking Heads “Only Love Can Hurt Like This,” Paloma Faith “Neon Light,” Blake Shelton “Habits (Stay High),” Tove Lo “Stronger Than That,” Bahamas “O’ Be Joyful,” Shovels & Rope

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.