I’ve been listening to the new Garth Brooks album all day. I did the pre-order package of all his previous studio albums along with the new album a couple months ago on his new platform – GhostTunes. How could you go wrong for $30? I’ve spent that much on a lot of dumb things and to get the entire Garth collection was pretty cool.
And the new album is awesome. I was trying to figure out how to review it. I figured I could do a regular review, but I wanted to do something a little different and rank the songs from #1 to #14. This is my list. I’m sure you would have different thoughts and rankings so please share your thoughts in the comments. I need to know if I’m crazy.
Here is my list in order of my favorite songs and thoughts on each of the songs.
Best Songs On Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine
1. Wrong About You
I keep coming back to this song over and over. I don’t know what it is. I think it’s fresh, but it has this really cool old school groove to it. The song is only 1:56 long, which is also pretty cool. You get enough to get you hooked and then you need to play it again and again.
Garth has been specifically mentioning this song in the lead up to the album release. And that proves to be for good reason. The song is a unique look at a kid that is going to get to meet mom for the first time. Very unique and a very good song that could have people in tears for all the right reasons.
3. People Loving People
I have really liked this song. It has a great message. It’s catchy and I think it’s well done. I’m not sure why it hasn’t done better on the singles charts the last couple months. It’s one of the best on the album and that’s saying something because all of these songs are top notch.
This is the last song on the record. Garth has always said that the last song on his records are his favorites. This one is just a really classic sounding country song. It’s country, but also has some elements of classic rock and pop, which Garth has always brought into his music. I keep coming back to this one as memorable. It just sticks out in my mind. It’s catchy.
5. Man Against Machine
This song is obviously important to Garth. It’s the name of the album, which I’m not sure Garth has done in the past. Has he ever named an album after a song? Anyway, this one is really a great way to kick off the record. I think folks that have been around a while will latch on to this one as a new anthem for how powerful people can be in a world full of machines.
6. Send ‘Em On Down The Road
I’m not a parent yet so this one is hard for me to connect to, but I can feel the passion and love in the performance. And I can think of my own folks when I listen to the song. There is a lot of love in this song and that’s important for all country music.
7. Cowboys Forever
Garth said in his preview of this song that he will always have a special place for cowboys in his music. He does it well with this song. It’s classic Garth and has that anthem quality. Great country song. I love it.
8. Rodeo And Juliet
I should have put this one higher on the list, but as I’m getting down here I’m feeling like that about every song. This is classic country swing music that you just don’t hear anymore. Garth wasn’t always traditional country, but this song has classic Garth and classic country feel. I love it.
9. She’s Tired Of Boys
You can hear Trisha on this one and that makes it really cool. These two have always had a powerful sound together and this song is about powerful women. It’s about powerful love and women getting the love they deserve. It’s a great track.
10. Cold Like That
This is a very well-written song. The lyrics are great. It’s one that you’ll remember as you listen through the entire album.
11. Midnight Train
Kind of a rolling, old school song right here. This is one of a few songs on the record that top 5:00, which is pretty rare these days. It’s a really great story song. I like it. It’s got some darkness to it, which Garth has always brought a little bit of to his music over the years.
Looking back…this one should be higher. It’s a really cool story and makes me think of fishing with my dad and even fishing with a few of my friends. I wasn’t as into fishing as I was with hunting. It’s a cool story song and we don’t get too many good story songs these days.
13. You Wreck Me
This is more like modern Garth Brooks. What you’ll notice about all these songs is that they feel like Garth Brooks songs with some that sound really fresh. I like that. Garth isn’t trying to emulate what’s going on now. He is finding music that touches him. I think that is what he’s always done. Get inspired and trust that fans will get inspired too. This song is fresh and I think it’s something some fans will connect with.
14. All-American Kid
This one is pretty cool. Putting this one “last” on the list is like saying a golfer is the 14th best golfer in the world. He may not be better than 13 other golfers, but he’s better than millions of others. It’s a good song and I think it’s cool that Craig Campbell was a co-writer.
So there are my thoughts on each song. I would love to hear your thoughts!