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I’ve been interviewing Keith Urban since his debut album in Nashville came out 22 years ago. He is one of the most talented guys in town and he’s also such a nice guy.

Aside from his music being right on point from day one, he really makes the effort to connect with everyone in Nashville. He remembers my name each time I see him. At first, I thought I was special, but then I realized he remembered everyone’s name in the room, and there were a lot of names to recall. It’s just one thing that makes you love him.

This song list is personal to this journalist because I’ve been listening to these tunes from the very first time we learned about this new artist from Australia. We were told early on, “You’re gonna love him.” And yeah, record labels say that kind of thing all the time. But with Keith Urban, they were right.

As Keith celebrates his 54th birthday today (10/26), we celebrate his music and 20 of his songs that we can’t do without.