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Released: August 27, 1990

Rating: 4.297 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: No Fences captures Garth Brooks just after his initial success yet before superstardom.” – David Cantwell,

Album Tracks:

  1. The Thunder Rolls
  2. New Way to Fly
  3. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House
  4. Victim of the Game
  5. Friends in Low Places
  6. This Ain’t Tennessee *
  7. Wild Horses
  8. Unanswered Prayers
  9. Same Old Story
  10. Mr. Blue
  11. Wolves
* See Notes.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 17.0
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 23.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • 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
  • Wild Horses * (11/25/00) #7 CW, #43a US
* The charted version was actually a re-recording of the song. WK

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 ‘This Ain’t Tennessee.’


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 Country Music Association award for Album of the Year. Click to go to CMA site.

No Fences
Garth Brooks
No Fences captures Garth Brooks just after his initial success yet before superstardom.” DC It remains his “best-selling album to date” WK and was named Album of the Year in 1990 by the Academy of Country Music.

It “follows the same pattern as his debut, but it is a more assured and risky record. Brooks still performs neo-traditional country, such as the honky tonk hit Friends in Low Places,” STE, which was the ACM 1990 Single of the Year, “but now he twists it around with clever pop hooks.” STE

“Those pop/rock influences are most apparent on the ballads, which alternate between sensitive folk-rock and power ballad bombast. But what makes No Fences such a success is how seamlessly he blends the two seemingly opposing genres, and how he chooses a set of material that makes his genre-bending sound subtle and natural. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the songs are consistently entertaining, either.” STE

That attempt at hitting across genres can come across as “impersonations – often catchy and engaging ones, but impersonations nonetheless. Wild Horses is straight-up George Strait, while Two of a Kind and ‘Friends in Low Places’ are John Anderson and Hank Jr. respectively. The best moment, the Dan Fogleberg-like Unanswered Prayers, relays a message either highly spiritual or hugely rationalized. Regardless, it succeeds because its delivery is earnest, sweet, and humble – something Garth wouldn’t be for long.” DC

Also on the album is a cover of the Fleetwoods’ Mr. Blue, Victim of the Game (which was covered by Brooks’ future wife, Trisha Yearwood, on her 1991 debut, and The Thunder Rolls, which was CMA’s Video of the Year in 1991. WK

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Last updated February 7, 2011.