* BreakthroughHit: Although his first album went platinum and produced three big hits (the #1 "But for the Grace of God" and the Top 5 hits "Your Everything" and "Where the Blacktop Ends"), he didn't really break through until "Somebody Like You". A fairly long hiatus between "Blacktop" and "Somebody Like You" helped, as did the fact that the latter was named by ''Billboard'' as the biggest country hit of the 2000-2010 decade.
** On the country charts, "Stupid Boy" and "Cop Car" remain among his most popular despite reaching only #3 and #8 respectively. On the Hot 100, his highest peak is "Kiss a Girl", a long-forgotten single whose high ranking was due entirely to a one-week sales spike after he performed it on a season finale of ''Series/AmericanIdol''; it got no crossover whatsoever and would have only peaked in the 50s otherwise.
** Conversely, his longest-lasting #1 airplay hit is not "Somebody Like You" or "Making Memories of Us", but rather the far less-remembered "Better Life". This is because the latter benefited greatly from a very weak chart -- lots of bigger hits had cleared out behind it, and no immediate competition was behind it to dethrone it.
* CreatorCouple: With Creator/NicoleKidman.
* CreatorBreakdown: Having just come out of rehab before ''Golden Road'', Urban shows a great deal of optimism on that album. ''Be Here'' and ''Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing'' continue with the optimsm, but also show the demons creeping back in on tracks like "Tonight I Wanna Cry". After another trip to rehab and his marriage to Creator/NicoleKidman, he has taken refuge mostly in uptempos about how happy he is to be in love.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: For some reason, ''Greatest Hits: 19 Kids'' (the re-release of ''Greatest Hits: 18 Kids'') isn't on iTunes, so this is the only way to get the single version of "You Look Good in My Shirt". Likewise, the re-recorded radio version of "Where the Blacktop Ends" was not commercially available until ''18 Kids''.
* NamesTheSame: He recorded two different songs both titled "Without You" one on his obscure 1991 Australian debut, and the other from his 2011 album ''Get Closer''.
* ThrowItIn: "Little Bit of Everything" is a double example. The "stuttering" ukulele part was thrown in by Nathan Chapman due to the demo track also using a ukulele, and it was chopped up at Urban's request to mix it up a little. Also, the bass line is played on a synth because the first two bassists that they contacted were unavailable, and even though Urban can also play bass, Chapman suggested using a synth instead. The latter doubles as a SerendipityWritesThePlot.
** Bass parts are apparently becoming susceptible to this: he played his own bass line on "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" after seeing a bass guitar hanging on the studio wall, and initially chose to have the line replaced by a session bassist, but ultimately left his own bass playing in the final mix.