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Recorded: 1989-1993
Released: December 1994

Rating: 4.526 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up
  2. Friends in Low Places
  3. Callin’ Baton Rouge
  4. The River
  5. Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old
  6. The Thunder Rolls
  7. American Honky-Tonk Bar Association
  8. If Tomorrow Never Comes
  9. Unanswered Prayers
  10. Standing Outside the Fire
  11. Rodeo
  12. What She’s Doing Now
  13. We Shall Be Free
  14. Papa Loved Mama
  15. Shameless
  16. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full Hose
  17. That Summer
  18. The Dance

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 10.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.1
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 18.3


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 8
peak on U.K. album chart 11

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
  • The Dance (5/5/90) #1 CW, #36 UK
  • Friends in Low Places (8/18/90) #1 CW
  • Unanswered Prayers (11/3/90) #1 CW
  • Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House (2/9/91) #1 CW
  • The Thunder Rolls (5/18/91) #1 CW
  • Rodeo (8/17/91) #3 CW
  • Shameless (10/19/91) #1 CW
  • What She’s Doing Now (1/4/92) #1 CW
  • Papa Loved Mama (2/1/92) #3 CW
  • The River (5/2/92) #1 CW
  • We Shall Be Free (9/12/92) #12 CW
  • That Summer (5/8/93) #1 CW
  • Ain’t Going Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up (8/7/93) #1 CW
  • American Honky-Tonk Bar Association (9/11/93) #1 CW
  • Standing Outside the Fire (9/18/93) #3 CW, #28 UK
  • Callin’ Baton Rouge (9/18/93) #70 CW


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, country one of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums

The Hits
Garth Brooks
The Hits is exactly what it says it is – 18 of Garth Brooks’ biggest hits…Although he has good album tracks on each of his records, this is the essential Garth Brooks album – it gives a good sense of the singer’s talents, especially his underappreciated eclecticism” (Erlewine). “Of course, finding it could be another matter; The Hits was only in print for a year” (Erlewine).

Considering this was released at Brooks’ peak in the first half of the ‘90s, his story was far from done. In 2007, a double compilation entitled The Ultimate Hits was released. Not only did it cover everything featured on The Hits, but updated that collection to include the major hits he’d had since then. That makes The Ultimate Hits a much better bet for anyone looking for a career retrospective.

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Previous Album: In Pieces (1993) Next Album: Fresh Horses (1995)

Last updated November 15, 2010.