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Released: Sept. 10, 1991

Rating: 4.275 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Against the Grain
  2. Rodeo
  3. What She’s Doing Now
  4. Burning Bridges
  5. Which One of Them *
  6. Papa Loved Mama
  7. Shameless
  8. Cold Shoulder
  9. We Bury the Hatchet
  10. In Lonesome Dove
  11. The River
* See Notes.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 14.0
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 16.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 18
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • 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
  • Against the Grain (3/21/92) #66 CW
  • The River (5/2/92) #1 CW

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 ‘Which One of Them.’


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year Country Music Association award for Album of the Year. Click to go to CMA site. One of Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums.

Ropin’ the Wind
Garth Brooks
“It makes sense that this was the first country album to debut atop the pop charts, for Garth Brooks was as omnivorous a commercial force as music will ever see. With an advertising degree from Oklahoma State in his pocket, he invaded Nashville in the mid-80s with unparalleled instincts for how to walk the line between corn pone and pop.” TL

“Music Row was suspicious – (particularly of his liberalism) but his tastes and influences were truly catholic – which explains how he careens so easily from the honky-tonk of Merle Haggard to the tenderness of James Taylor in a single verse.” TL “With Ropin’ the Wind, Garth Brooks begins to make his ‘70s rock influences more explicit. Naturally, that is most notable in his reworking of Billy Joel's Shameless, which he transforms from a rock power ballad into contemporary country. But that influence is also evident on ambitious epics like The River and even the honky tonk ravers of Papa Loved Mama and Rodeo.” STE

“Some might say that those rock influences are what make Brooks a crossover success, but he wouldn't be nearly as successful if he didn't have a tangible country foundation to his music – even when he comes close to standard arena rock bombast, there are gritty steel guitars or vocal inflections that prove he is trying to expand country's vocabulary, not trying to exploit it.” STE

“That Ropin’ is only his second-best selling album…probably sticks in Garth's craw, but it is his best, and ‘The River’ and We Bury the Hatchet (‘but leave the handle stickin' out’) endure as monuments to the cleverness of his songwriting and the intensity of his genre-busting ambition.” TL

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Previous Album: No Fences (1990) Next Album: The Chase (1992)


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Last updated April 28, 2010.