Garth Brooks Songs Ranked

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him popularity, particularly in the United States with success on the country music single and album charts, multi-platinum recordings, and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena. Brooks is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold more than 170 million records. As of 2020, according to the RIAA, he is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States with 156 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012, having been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame the year before. He was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2016 with his studio musicians, The G-Men. On March 4, 2020, Brooks received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. At age 58, he is the youngest recipient of the award. Here are all of Garth Brooks songs ranked.

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15. Callin’ Baton Rouge (In Pieces, 1983)

“Callin’ Baton Rouge” is top-gear Alabama-style arena country, with a great lead vocal. All-time pick with the lady. Live version rips. Wish i could have caught Garth in his prime. Dude could turn it out.”

14. Wrapped Up in You (Scarecrow, 2001)

“Wrapped Up in You” is a very modern sounding country track that receive a fair amount of radio play in its heyday.  I am a fan of this guy when he decides to record Country Music. As a country artist he is very good, but as a rock artist he is mediocre at best. “

13. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House (The Ultimate Collection, 2016)

“Garth is the guy who brought pop country music to the masses in America and also in the outside world in a way no other singer has made before. The simplicity and the beauty of his songs are compelling to the most. Hard to resist. A reference. Period.”

12. American Honky Tonk Bar Association (In Pieces, 1993)

“I have never liked “American Honky-Tonk Bar Association,” a track glorifying the redneck lifestyle (then again, there are plenty of county tunes that do this). Part of this distaste is the lyrics, but I think the gross amount of play this track received in the nineties plays a large role.”

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11. Hard Luck Woman (Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, 1994)

“Garth is one of the greatest artists of all time, I can’t understand why he would of wanted to leave the business.  There are many artists who raise their kids and keep their careers going at the same time, why couldn’t he do the same.”

10.The River (Ropin’ the Wind, 1991)

“This is Brook’s best album and was also his best selling. Like almost of his albums, this one is highly produced and processed but the songs are very strong and highly memorable. “The River” is particularly moving.”

9. More Than a Memory (The Ultimate Hits, 2007)

“Garth Brooks is one of those artists where you go for a long time without hearing one of their songs and when you finally do, you think, “Wow, I love that song!”. Then you start thinking of all of the other Garth Brooks songs you used to love.”

8. Much Too Young (Garth Brooks, 1989)

“The best song on the album for me is “Much too young” his first single. Which is a great Rodeo song, and helped Chris LeDoux’s career no end. This for me is the highlight of his career, the first single.”

7. Papa Loved Mama (Ropin’ the Wind, 1991)

“”Papa Loved Mama” isn’t the best song ever, but the memory of friends and good times makes this my favorite track here. Having a more comical lyrical approach, this track trumps the testosterone fueled “Rodeo,” which wears out its welcome quickly.”

6. Rodeo (Ropin’ the Wind, 1991)

“The only track I really don’t care for here is “Rodeo” which is largely due to its lyrical content and luke warm chorus. Still, the fact that I find the rest of this album tolerable is probably the best praise I can give it given my general disdain for the genre.”

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5. If Tomorrow Never Comes (Garth Brooks, 1989)

“I would listen to Garth Brooks when I was growing up. He was the one who broke out a different style of country music in the very late 1980s (unlike other country artists beforehand).”

4. Shameless (Ropin’ the Wind, 1991)

“Shameless”, another chart-topper off this record, was a song that I didn’t think would do that great because a pop singer wrote it.”

3. Friends In Low Places (No Fences, 1990)

“Coolers of store brand soda at county fairs, your family from southern Missouri/ northern arkansas who know more about the street price of their medication than you’d wish to know. Your in-laws grandparents who complain when the radio plays “dark” artists. An anthem of sweaty, hands on men and their t shirt clad wives. No-other song can get them to sing in unison. every. single. time.”

2. The Dance (Garth Brooks, 1989)

“He dedicated this song to Pittsburgh. After all the tragedy city went through. To me, this is his best. Such a great mellow song with great meaning. Emotional, sweet, moody, well written. The best Garth song period.

1. The Thunder Rolls (No Fences, 1990)

“The adulterous and moody “The Thunder Rolls” was one of my favorite songs around the time I ‘borrowed’ this cassette, but now I think it’s below average at best – even for a country song. The verse parts are still okay, I guess, but the lyrics reek of melodrama. ‘The lightning flashes in her eyes and he knows that she knows’