The kid from Oklahoma came to Nashville with an advertising degree from college and enough drive to take over the world. Hundreds of millions of albums and concert tickets later, Garth Brooks is still one of the biggest names in country music.
If you ask most fans about Garth Brooks they’ll tell you that they have a favorite song of his. At the very least most people will recognize the name and will recognize a song if they hear it on the radio. Garth’s songs have stood the test of time as most are stilled part of DJ playlists across the country today.
The kid from Oklahoma conquered the country music world and seems to still have the drive to come back at anytime and do it again. Garth Brooks is an exciting force and his passion for a good song and melody is what makes him such an endearing figure to his fans.
We’re getting into the meat of Garth’s hit songs so let’s continue counting down from #30 to #21…
30) Not Counting You
By the time Not Counting You was released as the third single off of his debut album, Garth was finding big success in country music. It was 1990 and Garth was coming off his first #1 with If Tomorrow Never Comes. Brooks found another way to connect with fans with the two-stepping Not Counting You. It’s a short and fun song that was a temporary release for fans as they listened to music in the car on their way to work. Catchy, fun songs will always have their place in music and this was a great tune from Garth Brooks.
29) Two of a Kind, Workin’ On a Full House
Two of a Kind came out as the third single off Garth’s signature album No Fences. The album was hot on the heels of Friends In Low Places and Garth was nearing the top of his reign as music’s biggest act. The song was a fun song for fans and the play on a card game added a little extra. The song was used in schools around the US as kids would learn how to line dance in gym class to this song. It was always interesting to see the kids getting into the fun song out on the gym floor.
28) In Another’s Eyes
Released in ’97 and technically a guest appearance by Brooks, In Another’s Eyes was a duet with Trisha Yearwood – Garth’s future wife and longtime friend. The passion and connection between the two singers was obvious to fans as the two sang their hearts out on the track. In concert, the song was a big hit as Yearwood often joined Brooks on stage. Crowds loved seeing the two together. As a big hit for both artists, it’s obvious the song has a deeper meaning to the two stars.
The influence of George Strait is evident throughout Garth’s career. Rodeo is almost an ode to King George in the same way Much Too Young was. Rodeo was the first single off of Garth’s landmark album Ropin’ The Wind. The song was a big hit and is still one of the most popular Garth songs today as it’s played on the radio still. There was always a little bit of George Strait in Garth and Rodeo is one of the better efforts to capture the nature of the genre.
26) She’s Gonna Make It
She’s Gonna Make It was released off the album Sevens. Another song for the women in his life, Brooks sang the lyrics with passion and became the storyteller again. Brooks often sang about the struggles women go through with the men in their lives. It might be part of what made Brooks so compelling to the female artists. He may have made mistakes of his own when it came to women, but he understood the nature of the relationship and he respected the challenges women put up with when it came to putting up with men.
25) It’s Your Song
The only single released from Garth’s immensely successful live album Double Live, It’s Your Song became a top ten smash. The song is often referred to as Brooks’ song to his mother that was suffering from cancer at the time of its release. Garth put his usual emotion into the track and it connected with fans. The live versions of the song that Brooks played in concert were the most powerful. The track isn’t as strong as some of Garth’s other material, but the emotion and story behind the song makes this one of the more memorable hits from Garth.
24) More Than a Memory
By 2007, Garth had been avoiding the spotlight as he stayed home to raise his kids. Brooks and his ex-wife were very much part of their kids’ lives and Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood was also helping to give the kids a great upbringing. However, the demand for new Garth music was still boiling over in the country music world. Garth got together with some music executives and put together The Ultimate Hits.
More Than a Memory served as the single that would kick off the album and the anticipation made history for Garth as the song became the first ever to debut at #1 on the country singles charts.
A passionate song about love and loss, the song is another classic in Garth’s arsenal of hits.
23) She’s Every Woman
Some of the greatest songs ever written have been about the woman in men’s lives. She’s Every Woman is another song that sees Garth Brooks singing about the impact women have had on him. It’s a simple lyric that praises a woman as being everything Garth has ever had or wanted in a woman the passion is there once again. It took six weeks for the song to reach the top of the charts. An instant hit for a passionate artist that had many fans – both male and female.
22) Good Ride Cowboy
Good Ride Cowboy was written – not by Brooks – as an ode to Brooks’ favorite performer, Chris LeDoux. the tribute song took the upbeat approach to Chris’ life and impact on rodeo and country music. Brooks sang about the rodeo lifestyle often in his career. It was often a tribute to the lifestyle he longed to live himself. George Strait was the main reason the rodeo genre was brought to country music fans, but Chris LeDoux lived the life as an actual rodeo cowboy and he sang about the life as well.
Good Ride Cowboy was the perfect tribute to the man that had a huge influence on the rocking nature of Garth’s live show.
21) Wrapped Up In You
In 2001, Garth delivered one last studio album for Capital Records Nashville. The lead single off the album was a very unique song in Wrapped Up In You. The song is slickly produced, but has the feel of an acoustic song. The video see Garth venturing into a small town where an impromptu jam session breaks out on the street corner with residents using everyday objects as instruments. The fun lyrics of the song connected with men and women alike as the simple lyrics describe all the ways men get wrapped up in the women they love.