3. Keith Urban, 'Fuse'
The Australian country-pop ambassador swags out his buff crossover jams with digital stutters, synth bass, and big-box beats. Yet the soul here is still unmistakably country. See "Cop Car," a date-gone-wrong battle tale with masterful Music Row story compression and some sneaky R&B flow. Fresh, fun, and proof that in superstar country music, Taylor Swift's shadow looms over all.