There has been a lot of talk on RCT lately about country, Garth Brooks, and the quality of one or both of these things. As a big Garth Brooks and traditional country music fan (not that modern "bro country" trash), I am going to list my Top 10 Garth Brooks songs. I chose these based on songs of his I like -- songs he sings well; songs with fun beats; songs with moving lyrics. Obviously, you're free to disagree, but no need to hate or troll. (Looking at you, PenHawk.)
So, without further ado, here's my Top 10 (+1)
+1 : Walking After Midnight (Cover): The original was by Patsy Cline; but this is one of the first songs Garth songs I remember listening to. As good as the original is, I think GB does it justice and then some. But, mostly, I added it to the list for sentimental reasons.
10: Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old): Garth's first hit. The message is something that everyone who's been through tough physical and mental strains can relate to. It has a rhythm that switches between fast and slow, which makes it an interesting song to dance to.
9. If Tomorrow Never Comes: Another early Garth hit; the song speaks of losing loved ones and whether we have the courage to tell people how much we love them while we or they are still alive. In my opinion, Garth's best songs are his ballads; but he certainly has good "fun ones" too, which leads me to....
8. Two Pina Coladas: A fun, tropical-ish "drinking song." Before the wreck that is "bro country" arrived on the scene, GB and Co. were taking to the beach to drown their heartbroken sorrows in pina coladas, surf, and sand. This is a typical "carefree" Friday at five-o'clock sort of song, in my opinion.
7. That Girl Is A Cowboy: An obscure song, which Brooks never released as a single (to my knowledge), tells the story of a young woman working on the farm, who is so respected by her male counterpart (the narrator) that he says "that girl is a cowboy." It's a slower song, but I enjoy it for its storytelling. (And also GIRL POWER!)
6. When There's No One Around: Another obscure song. This is a track on his album "Sevens" that was never released as a single, which is unfortunate, because it's a really good song. It's midway between fast paced and slow paced. The narrator describes circumstances that he does or becomes when "there's no one around." There's a certain uplifting feeling of personal freedom that you experience when you listen to it -- or at least, I do.
5. When You Come Back To Me Again: Call it cheesy and cliche all you want. Garth co-wrote and recorded the song for the movie Frequency; the song also received a Golden Globe nomination. A ballad of loss, redemption, forgiveness, and the comfort in returning home -- it is one of the most underrated Garth Brooks songs. Maybe because it is so similar to No. 2 on this list, it doesn't get the credit it deserves.
4. Callin' Baton Rouge (Cover): Originally recorded by the Oakridge Boys; but Garth Brooks made it his own. The song is short, fast, and catchy. The song tells the story of a man (the narrator) trying desperately to get ahold of the woman who's captured his heart as he drives to Baton Rouge to visit her.
3. The Change: I will let this song's lyrics speak for themselves: "And I hear them saying you'll never change things / And no matter what you do it's still the same thing / But it's not the world that I am changing; I'll do this / So this world will know that it will not change me."
2. The Dance: I don't think I need to argue why this song is on this list; if anything I'd probably have to argue why the song is only No. 2 and not No. 1. But, this song remains Garth's biggest crossover hit -- and it just goes to show you that even a guy with a twang and a cowboy hat can be a damn good, heartfelt musician... or at least, that's the way it used to be. (What has happened to country music?!? I can't wait till GB goes on tour again!!)
1. Friends In Low Places: Yes, you can argue with me all you want; but there's a reason that Friends in Low Places is a staple among karaoke singers and non-country bars alike. It's catchy, upbeat, and relateable. Everyone has an ex that they would love to tell off! I'm not saying it's his best song; but seeing as it is (probably) his most successful and recognizable songs -- even outside country music circles -- I think it deserves to be No. 1.