Essential Garth Brooks Albums

Garth Brooks first came on the scene in 1989 and kicked down the doors for everyone that has followed. He brought country music to a larger audience with albums that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts as well as the country charts. Add to that the fact that he sold in the multimillions (currently over 102 million sold), and performed in Central Park to over a quarter of a million people. He is a country music icon.

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Ropin' the Wind

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This was the first album to top both the Top 200 and Country Albums charts. It spawned five top 5 singles, including 3 No. 1's ("Shameless," "The River," and "What She's Doin' Now."

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No Fences

This is Garth's second release, which was originally released in 1990, and had four singles, now five, if you count the updated version of "Wild Horses." The original singles were "The Thunder Rolls," "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House," "Friends in Low Places," and "Unanswered Prayers."

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In Pieces

This album has to be Garth's most heavily rock-influenced. With the upbeat "Standing Outside The Fire," and "Ain't Going Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up," to the bluesy "Kickin' and Screamin'." Add to the mix the in-your-face feel of "Red Strokes," and Billy Joel-ish "One Night A Day." The 2000 release has the added track, "Anonymous."

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Sevens is a joy to listen to. Lots of feel good songs, including duets with Trisha Yearwood and Steve Wariner, plus some killer ballads. Something for everyone.

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks' self-titled debut CD is a classic. This is an absolute must for any fan. It includes the huge hits "If Tomorrow Never Comes," "The Dance," as well as his Top 10 debut single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)."

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This is Garth's 2001 release, said to be his last solo album. It's packed full of classic "Garth," with songs that make you think, ("The Storm") songs that make you want to get up and dance, ("Rodeo or Mexico,"), and duets with George Jones, ("Beer Run"), and Trisha Yearwood, ("Squeeze Me In.")

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The Limited Series

This 6 CD box set contains Garth's first six albums, along with one extra track per CD. Can never have too much Garth, and even if you have the original CDs, it's worth the price if you can find a copy, to get the box set.

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The Chase

Garth Brooks was the biggest star of the 1990s and he's one of the Top 5 selling artists of all-time. With The Chase, Garth Brooks started to show a willingness to tackle "meatier" subjects. Still, The Chase is very much a Garth Brooks record, a record that stands among the top albums of his career.

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Garth Brooks in the Life of Chris Gaines

Although many critics panned the album with the confusing theme of introducing a fictional movie character's music, I think the album stands on its own, with great songs and lyrics.

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Beyond the Season

Garth's first and best Christmas album, uncluttered with the self-aware superstardom his later one was hampered by, this disc simply and purely celebrates the season with honesty, love, heart, and impressive tenderness. With mostly traditional melodies done in a straightforward style, Garth produced a Christmas album that remains on my favorites list year after year.