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Best Garth Brooks songs

  • Best Garth Brooks songs

    In 1987, Garth Brooks moved to Nashville for the second time in an attempt to make it big on the country music scene. He released his self-titled first album two years later. It saw strong sales, but even that was a far cry from the astronomical success he would see in the years later. Today, nearly three decades after the release of that album, he stands as the #1 selling solo artist in U.S. history. He’s sold more than 100 million albums, amassed an estimated net worth of more than $300 million, and carved out a place for himself as one of the most successful, celebrated, and influential acts in the history of country music. He earned $45.5 million in 2018 alone, thanks largely to the 6 million tickets he sold on a three-year tour with his wife, fellow country superstar Trisha Yearwood.

    His influence on a new generation of country music stars—and country music in general—is difficult to understate. He successfully crossed over between pop and country long before Taylor Swift made it cool. His third album “Ropin’ in the Wing” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1991, the first country album to do so. Some credit him with helping to make country music mainstream entertainment in the U.S. and later, around the world.

    Here's a look at Brooks' biggest hits, according to data from the Billboard Country Hot 100. The songs are ranked first by where on the charts they peaked, and then by how many weeks each song spent on the charts. In the case of a tie—including a massive 16-way traffic jam of songs that all peaked at #1 and stayed on the charts for exactly 20 weeks—songs are listed from oldest to newest. All ties are noted next to the title of the song.

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  • #50. Why Ain't I Running

    Peak position on chart: 24

    Date it peaked on the chart: May 3, 2003

    Weeks on chart: 15

    One of three original singles on the two-disk "Scarecrow" album from 2001, "Why Ain't I Running" is the first track on the album. It was co-written by Kent Blazy and Tony Arata.

  • #49. Beer Run — George Jones Duet With Garth Brooks

    Peak position on chart: 24

    Date it peaked on the chart: Nov. 10, 2001

    Weeks on chart: 20

    The #2 song on the "Scarecrow" album, "Beer Run" is a duet with George Jones. Thanks to a clever play on words, the alternative title is "B Double E Double Are You In."

  • #48. Love Will Always Win — Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

    Peak position on chart: 23

    Date it peaked on the chart: March 11, 2006

    Weeks on chart: 11

    "Love Will Always Win" appeared on Brooks' "The Lost Sessions" album in 2005, but that's not the only album where the song is found. It also appears on "Jasper County," the acclaimed album by Trisha Yearwood, who holds the distinction of being both Brooks' collaborator on the song and his wife.

  • #47. The Fever

    Peak position on chart: 23

    Date it peaked on the chart: Dec. 9, 1995

    Weeks on chart: 14

    "The Fever" appeared on the "Fresh Horses" album in 1995, but it's actually a cover of an Aerosmith song that debuted two years earlier on that band's "Get a Grip" album. Brooks altered the original sex-and-drugs-themed lyrics to chronicle a man who's addicted to being a rodeo star.

  • #46. Katie Wants A Fast One — Steve Wariner With Garth Brooks

    Peak position on chart: 22

    Date it peaked on the chart: Oct. 28, 2000

    Weeks on chart: 20

    Brooks recorded this hit about a small-town girl who can't control her need for speed—even if she's only riding a lawnmower—with Steve Wariner. Wariner wrote the song, which appears on his "Faith in You" album, with Rick Carnes.

  • #45. When You Come Back To Me Again

    Peak position on chart: 21

    Date it peaked on the chart: July 15, 2000

    Weeks on chart: 20

    "When You Come Back to Me Again" was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The track was written for the 2000 movie "Frequency." It's the closing song on Brooks' 2001 album "Scarecrow."

  • #44. The Change

    Peak position on chart: 19

    Date it peaked on the chart: May 18, 1996

    Weeks on chart: 20

    "The Change" discusses the nobility in striving to make a positive impact on the world, even if the effort is futile. The song's accompanying music video paid homage to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, which happened the year before.

  • #43. Workin' For A Livin' — Garth Brooks & Huey Lewis

    Peak position on chart: 19

    Date it peaked on the chart: Feb.16, 2008

    Weeks on chart: 21

    When Huey Lewis and the News released "Workin' For a Livin'" in 1982, the band used the song to highlight the struggle of the common man who works all day just to get by. A quarter-century later in 2007, Lewis recorded a duet version of the song with Garth Brooks, who included it on his album "The Ultimate Collection" in 2016. The lyrics remained the same with one exception—Brooks managed to shoehorn a NASCAR reference into the updated version.

  • #41. Where Your Road Leads (tie)

    Peak position on chart: 18

    Date it peaked on the chart: Oct. 31, 1998

    Weeks on chart: 20

    Desmond Child and Victoria Shaw wrote "Where Your Road Leads," which appeared on Shaw's 1995 album "In Full View." Three years later, Trisha Yearwood recorded the song with her future husband Garth Brooks for her album, which took the same name as the song.

  • #41. Thicker Than Blood (tie)

    Peak position on chart: 18

    Date it peaked on the chart: Sept. 28, 2002

    Weeks on chart: 20

    "Thicker Than Blood" counts as yet another hit off the 2001 "Scarecrow" album. The song is a tribute to Brooks' father, a United States Marine.