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10 of Garth Brooks’ Best Songs

10 of Garth Brooks’ Best Songs

Garth Brooks is one of the most well-known country singers with iconic songs such as “Friends in Low Places” and “The Dance.”

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With all of his talent, it’s no wonder he is the best-selling country singer, even topping Dolly Parton, coming in at a net worth of $400 million. In no particular order, we’ll discuss the top 10 of Garth Brooks best songs, and you’ll see why he’s beloved.

Garth Brooks can capture almost any emotion in his songs. He has some that tell stories of love, passion, and fun and heartbreaking things like affairs, loss, and even murder.

“Friends in Low Places”

“Friends in Low Places” makes the Garth Brooks number one hits list for a good reason. This song is about having friends who are ordinary people, and he loves it that way. He doesn’t have to pretend to be someone that he’s not.

This song is so legendary that the whole bar will often start singing whenever it’s played. It’s almost magical how it brings all types of people together. If there is ever one country song to know, this is it. 

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“Ain’t Goin’ Down” (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)

“Ain’t Goin’ Down” is another one of Garth Brooks’ songs with lyrics that are plain fun. This song talks about the thrill of being teenagers, sneaking out, and rebelling against their parents. 

This song is one of the first country songs to mix with a bit of rap to raise the beat of the music of its time. If you are looking for some upbeat, fun country music, this song is where it’s at.

“Two Pina Coladas”

Garth Brooks has a way of bringing people together in the bars, and this song is another example of that in action. I’ve seen many times where strangers become friends to join together singing this song with drinks in hand. This song is also famous for those karaoke nights. “Two Pina Coladas” is well-known, fun, and all about kicking back and relaxing with some drinks. 


“Rodeo” is another one of Garth Brooks’ songs that is fun and upbeat. It’s about a woman who wants her man to love her as much as he loves the rodeo. The beat picks up as it encompasses the passion and thrill that goes into the rodeo and why he’s so into it. Initially, the song was written to be sung by a woman, but Garth does what he does best. He sings a story that captivates his audience.

“Papa Loved Mama”

Garth Brooks knows how to tell a story with his voice. “Papa Loved Mama” is another song that tells a story that isn’t one of his personal experiences. At first, it may sound like another love song, but it has a dramatic twist that unfolds as you listen.

It’s an upbeat song about a beautiful woman who ends up cheating on her husband while he’s out driving a truck. Papa finds out about Mama’s affair when he comes home to surprise her with flowers. In the end, he winds up in jail after he puts his truck through the hotel in a jealous rage. 

“The Thunder Rolls”

If controversy and drama are desired, this song fits the bill. Garth Brooks brings both with “The Thunder Rolls.” It’s a story-telling song about an affair and the storm that rages within from the pain it causes. The original music video was controversial because it included themes of physical abuse and murder. Many channels refused to even play the video because of the violence.

“If Tomorrow Never Comes”

Not all of his songs are about fun. “If Tomorrow Never Comes” is one of Garth Brooks’ meaningful songs. This song pulls at the heartstrings when he discusses how he wants to ensure his love knows how he feels about her. So, if tomorrow never comes, will she know how he truly feels? It’s a beautiful and moving song about not waiting to tell someone that you love them because nobody is promised tomorrow.

“The Dance”

“The Dance” is one of Garth Brooks’ best songs to get the tears flowing. He knows how to tap into our emotions with his words and voice in this emotional song. Love is an emotion that can be one of the happiest and most painful emotions we can feel. 

This song encompasses both sides of love, the beauty and the pain that goes with it when we need to say goodbye. The song leads us to ask ourselves if we knew how it would end, would we ever begin? Is the love, the moment, worth the pain in the end? Garth thinks so.

“Unanswered Prayers”

This song is another one of Garth Brooks’ meaningful songs. “Unanswered Prayers” discusses how sometimes we think we know what we want, but it’s not always in God’s plans. 

He sees an old flame he used to pray to be with, but now he has someone so much better. Life happens for a reason, and at the moment, it may feel like we’re not being heard, but God knows what He’s doing. Sometimes the greatest gifts are the ones we didn’t even know we wanted.  

“Standing Outside the Fire”

This Garth Brooks song makes the list because it’s another emotional piece but in a different way. It encourages the listener to do more than survive. We should be pushing ourselves to take risks and do more than we think possible. 

“Standing Outside the Fire” is the perfect ending to the list because it leaves us feeling that it’s okay to reach for more, do the hard things, and push the boundaries that hold us back. 

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Final Thoughts

Listening to Garth Brooks’ best songs make you feel nostalgia, bringing you back to the ’90s when you had to wait for a song to come on the radio when you wanted to hear it. He is synonymous with fantastic country music. 

The songs take me back and make me think of cruising through the country with the windows down and the radio blaring. Although Garth Brooks had number one hits later on, it’s mainly his hits from the 90s and early 2000s that get played and that many still thoroughly enjoy today.

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