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Released: April 21, 1989

Rating: 3.732 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Not Counting You
  2. I’ve Got a Good Thing Going
  3. If Tomorrow Never Comes
  4. Uptown Down-Home Good Ol’ Boy *
  5. Everytime That It Rains
  6. Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old
  7. Alabama Clay
  8. Cowboy Bill
  9. Nobody Gets Off in This Town
  10. I Know One
  11. The Dance
* See Notes.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 9.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10.8


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old (3/25/89) #8 CW
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes (9/9/89) #1 CW
  • Not Counting You (1/20/90) #2 CW
  • The Dance (5/5/90) #1 CW, #36 UK
  • Uptown Down-Home Good Ol’ Boy * (5/23/98) #65 CW
* See Notes.

Notes: In 1998, Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ the Wind, The Chase, In Pieces, and Fresh Horses were packaged as a box set called The Limited Series. A bonus track was added to each album. This album’s track was ‘Uptown Down-Home Good Ol’ Boy.’


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
“On Garth Brooks’ self-titled debut, his fusion of rock & roll and traditional country genres like honky tonk and Western swing is already fully formed as is his gift for extended metaphors. One listen to his signature song and breakthrough hit, The Dance, proves that, which is why he broke away from the hat acts that he was initially grouped with.” STE

“Nevertheless, Garth Brooks is the most straightforward of all of his albums; Brooks sticks with neo-traditional country on about half of the tracks. He sings traditional country quite well – Not Counting You is a particularly effective honky tonk number, demonstrating a debt to both George Jones and George Strait – but what makes the album an exciting debut are songs like the genre-bending ballads ‘The Dance’ and If Tomorrow Never Comes; and that is the style that would bring him mass success with his next album, No Fences.” STE

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Next Album: No Fences (1990)


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Last updated October 3, 2010.