Robert James Ritchie has enjoyed one of the most diverse careers in American popular music over the past two decades. There is no other artist who can effortlessly switch from rap, southern rock, metal and country, and do it as effectively as Ritchie, aka Kid Rock.
Of course, his flamboyant lifestyle and personal life sometimes causes audiences to focus more on his character than his music – which is a real shame, as Kid Rock has given us some timeless moments since entering the big world. public just before the turn of the century. He does a lot of things musically, and always finds a way to do them well. And, who knows, he might be the next great US Senator too! Here are ten moments from Kid Rock’s song catalog that are worth hearing over and over again!
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10. Kid Rock – “Bawitdaba“
This Kid Rock song turned out to be the singer’s first big hit in 1999, and that meant that music critics or fans were not going to be able to box his music. It was halfway between grunge and metal, and it showed that music fans were going to experience something very unique – and very different.
9. Kid Rock – “Jackson, Mississippi”
Kid Rock is known to take a stroll on the wild side of life every now and then. But, having said that, he is also very forthright and honest about the repercussions of making bad decisions. He was at his best in this piercing track about a man struggling with his addiction. He was tortured. It was twisted. And, it was real, very real.
8. Kid Rock – “Care”
Over the years, many different female artists have taken on the role of Sheryl Crow in the classic “Picture” – which appears later on this list. One of them was Martina McBride who delivered a stunning rendition of the song at the CMA Music Festival a few years ago. Of course, the singer had her own studio climax with the iconic artist, delivering a rising voice on this 2010 single which was one of her deepest and most meaningful moments as an artist.
7. Kid Rock – “Only God Knows Why”
Yes, Kid Rock is not for everyone. Yes, he can be a bit arrogant and polarizing. It is a given. But, musically, the man is a genius – able to quote the lyrical content of rap artists as well as the country tracks “Deep Catalog” that most fans have never heard. This soul and this swagger both reveal themselves on this song of Devil without cause which showed a weariness to the singer that few had heard before. A highlight of his career – or any other career.
6. Kid Rock – “In collision”
Political differences aside, there are always sparks between Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock when the two come together. In this 2010 single – which also starred Bob Seger – the two were in good vocal shape on a song that showcased their talents to the max. The track was one of the highlights of the best-selling album Free born, which has three songs on this list.
5. Kid Rock – “American Bad Ass”
This 2000 offering was the only single released from its The history of rock record, which shaped his love of metal and rap. The song earned the singer a nickname that has stuck with him over the years, as he recently started a successful portable grill business named after the song.
4. Kid Rock – “Born Free”
The title track to one of the artist’s most diverse musical offerings, this one featured some of the best vocalizations of his career. The track was very open and the video showed the singer driving in his home state of Michigan.
3. Kid Rock – “Cowboy”
The singer’s first top ten single of all charts, this Kid Rock song – for better or worse – is often credited with the inspiration of the “Hick Hop” movement, or as it was later dubbed, “Bro-Country”. Somehow we don’t think this was all on Kid Rock’s mind when he recorded this one in 1999. It was a simple fusion of the music that influenced him. – ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Run-DMC
2. Kid Rock – “All Summer”
One of the most undeniable hits in the Kid Rock canon, this 2008 single was a hit in multiple formats – including a career No. 4 ranking on the Country charts – and across the globe. The Summer Anthem became a hit here in the United States, but also topped the charts in countries like Austria, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.
1. Kid Rock – “Image”
The latest single from Arrogant sounded a little different at first in its single version. While Sheryl Crow appeared on the album cut, A&M refused to release the track as a single with her vocals on the song. So, Kid Rock went to American artist Allison Moorer and persuaded her to create a vocal track for the song. The song began to gain forays into both Top 40 and Country radios, and some stations broke with Crow’s label wishes. Either way, the song ended up being a classic, with the original recording being one of the best male / female duets of this century – so far.