The passion Garth Brooks put into the songs he shared with country music fans is what connected him to the largest audiences in the history of music. He sold more records than any other and he brought a wave of young artists behind him in his wake. Country music became the top genre in the world for a few years when Garth was flying his highest.
The ’90s flew by as Garth toured constantly and released his record after hit record. Then at the end of the decade Brooks stepped away from touring and Garth went home to make sure his kids had a Dad to raise them. Brooks continues releasing music that connects with fans and his collection of hits songs is what has connected him most to his fans over the past 20 years.
Garth Brooks was about passion. He was about emotion. And the feeling he put behind his songs is what fans loved most.
It started with The Best Garth Brooks Songs – Part 1
Let’s continue our journey through the top Garth Brooks songs with 40-31…
40) Thicker Than Blood
A top twenty hit off his last studio album Scarecrow, Thicker Than Blood was a story song that saw Garth looking back on a family that wasn’t the most traditional. Garth shares a co-write credit on the song and the moral of the story is that no matter what the story of your own family is – different last names, different dads, different moms, a few brothers and sisters – the love you share is more important than the blood in your veins. And that love makes you strong and it makes your family meaningful.
It was a powerful message that connected with many in the later years of Garth’s big days.
39) Wild Horses
The song was originally released on Garth’s huge hit album No Fences, but it didn’t see the light of day as a single until 2000. The single release worked as a filler single between Sevens, Double Live, and Scarecrow. The song had little promotion and people were wondering where the song had come from, but once again the song was strong and it carried itself up the charts and became another top ten for Garth.
38) Lost In You
In 1999, Garth released the soundtrack album to a movie that was never released. Chris Gaines Greatest Hits confused Garth’s fans. It was an AC feeling album with ballads that sounded strange to those used to the cowboy rocking tunes. The songs and the album were met with criticism and rejection from most fans, but the songs were strong. And one of those songs Lost In You became a hit on multiple single charts. The song showed Garth’s ability to simply create music that connects.
37) You Move Me
A slow moving song that sees Garth singing about a lover that moves him with the way she lives her life. The song has meaning for many various reasons for many of Garth’s fans. The song became one of Garth’s most passionate songs during his live shows. The message connected with women that wanted to hear it and it connected with men that were struggling to find the words to say to their girls.
36) That Ol’ Wind
The last single release off of Garth’s album Fresh Horses. The song That Ol’ Wind is often forgotten in the immense collection of Garth Brooks. It’s a great song and it reached the top five in 1996. The song became more than simply a filler hit to get from album to album. The song is a story about lovers whose paths have crossed again. Interestingly, the two are brought together by the power of a song. That Ol’ Wind connected with fans and the passionate delivery from Garth is likely a big reason.
35) American Honky-Tonk Bar Association
Released amid Garth Brooks Mania American Honky-Tonk Bar Association became a big hit for Garth. It was in the same vein as Friends in Low Places, but this tune had a unique feel that fans could connect to. The song was an uptempo number that allowed fans to sing in the car. The chorus was so catchy that most kids found it fun to twang along to the title lyric.
34) Alabama Clay
An album cut off of Garth Brooks’ first album, Alabama Clay was never a hit single, but the power of the song connected with farmers and fans across the farming community. The song is a story about farming and the struggles and hard work it takes to make it in the important farming world. You can still hear this song every once and awhile on playlist mixes or at the house of a Garth fan’s house since the power of the song has resonated with people even though it was buried behind all of the hits.
33) Somewhere Other Than The Night
Garth Brooks has had songs that reached out and touched the heart strings of women. He often cited his influential mother and his first wife for being inspiration for some of his songs. Brooks deeply respects passionate and classy women. The song Somewhere Other Than The Night sees Brooks singing to himself and other men that women need more from the men in their lives than just what happens during the nighttime.
32) When You Come Back To Me Again
Once again showing Garth’s love for movies, When You Come Back To Me Again was released on the Frequency soundtrack. It was a top 30 hit on the country charts in 2000, but also a hit on the AC charts. The song wasn’t one of the huge smash hits of Brooks career, but when the song comes on and you’re hanging out with a few guys and gals one of them will usually say that they love the song. That’s the power of a tune.
31) Papa Loved Mama
A classic song almost in the lyrical nature of Dennis Linde Papa Loved Mama had an almost mean groove to it. Kids were singing along to the melody as parents did a double take to to the lyrics. The song is about a truck driver coming home to find that his wife is cheating on him. An all too common reality for many around the world the story connected with fans and the arrangement of the song made it a huge hit during Garth’s most popular days.