Kid Rock Albums Ranked

Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), better known by his stage names Kid Rock and Bobby Shazam, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer. In a career spanning 30 years, Rock’s musical style alternates between rock, hip hop, and country. A multi-instrumentalist, he has overseen his own production on nine of his eleven studio albums. Kid Rock started his professional music career as a self-taught rapper and DJ, releasing his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast in 1990 on Jive Records. His subsequent independent releases The Polyfuze Method (1993) and Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp (1996) saw him developing a more distinctive style, which was fully realized on Devil Without a Cause (1998), his breakthrough album, which sold 14 million copies. Devil Without a Cause and his subsequent album, Cocky (2001), were noted for blending elements of hip hop, country, rock, and heavy metal. Starting with his 2010 album Born Free, the country music style has dominated his musical direction. Here are all of Kid Rock albums ranked.

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8. First Kiss (2015)

“Don’t let the pink artwork fool ya. This is a solid rock n roll record by Kid Rock! 10 songs, nice and simple and definitely put together well. I like this better than Rebel Soul with its simplicity, and better than Born Free with its straight up rock n roll vibe. I actually bought this the same week I picked up some Blackberry Smoke CD’s and it made for some good listening altogether.”

7. Rebel Soul (2012)

“Tons of great music on this album. Kid Rock is showing his range by playing everything from blues to rock. Great fun album and I bet it’s a success for him. It does not have any of his hard rock/rap style of his earlier years – but overall it’s a great album.”

6. Kid Rock (2003)

“This self-titled CD is full of Stones “Exile on Main Street” type rockers, such as “Rock and Roll Pain Train,” “Rock and Roll,” and a 70’s-ish Rod Stewart sound-alike (“Cadillac P***y”). Kid pulls out the stops on the grunge, hung-over, drug abusing ear-splitter “Jackson, Mississippi” and produces another braggadocio rap song on “Intro.” These are the most in-your-face, modern style of rap and rock songs on the CD.”

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5. The History Of Rock (2000)

“”The History of Rock”, which proves that Kid Rock definitely has more aspects to his music than most people think. True, he’s no Bob Dylan, but he successfully manages to mix rap with not just metal, but a broad spectrum of rock, and even a tiny dash of country, to make something just a tad different from the usual. Songs like “Prodigal Son” show that Kid Rock is able to do more than shout mosh-pit chants.”

4. Cocky (2001)

“Kid Rocks album “Cocky” is a really good mix of different styles of music. The first single “Forever” brings out his well-known rock/rap image from songs like “American Bad A**” and “Bawitdaba”, but other songs are a totally new blend of music for Rock. Instead of going with the obviously successful approach used on 99’s ten times platinum hit “Devil Without A Cause”, Kid explores several different areas. On “Lonely Road Of Faith”, he expresses his singing abilities to the fullest, while still pumping out phat beats and hard rhymes on tracks like “Cocky”.

3. Born Free (2010)

“There are so many beautiful songs on this album, including the patriotic Born Free and Times Like These (I know he’s singing about Detroit, but this song could apply to America as a whole), Rock On (which has gone a long way in helping me heal from a painful divorce), Collide (a gorgeous duet with Sheryl Crow) and When It Rains (a song about untimely death that brings a tear to the eye). I also like the feel-good songs including Rock Bottom Blues, Flyin’ High and God Bless Saturday. There’s not a bad song on the whole album, and Kid Rock knocks it out of the park blending rock n roll, country and blues.”

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2. Rock N Roll Jesus (2007)

“The mix of Rock ‘n Roll, Country and Hip Hop is at it’s best on this album. I’ve passed it along to many friends who are not the normal Kid Rock fan and they are loving it.”

1. Devil Without A Cause (1998)

“Devil Without a Cause is really a hard rock album with a heavy rap influence and one country song that Rock somehow slipped on there by giving it a power ballad melody. The album eventually went platinum 11 (not 7) times and spawned 6 singles.”