This is a listing of every studio album released by Garth Brooks. It does not include box sets, special release CDs, live or holidays albums. Chart position and dates as reported by "Joel Whitburn Hot Country Albums" and Billboard Magazine.
Title: Garth Brooks
Release year: May, 1989
Peak position: 2
Tracks:Not Counting You | I've Got a Good Thing Going | If Tomorrow Never Comes | Everytime That It Rains | Alabama Clay | Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) | Cowboy Bill | Nobody Gets Off in This Town | I Know One | The Dance
Notes: Though Brooks is traditionally known as a 1990s country phenom, he actually released his first album in the 1980s. His self-titled album produced his first country hits, including "Much to Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" which referenced a hero of Brooks', Wyoming country cowboy and singer, Chris LeDoux. Brooks would help use his star power to catapult LeDoux into the spotlight as well. This was a landmark album, it would begin to define Brooks' crossover pop-country style that would make him the No. 1 country artist of the 1990s. Not everyone was so impressed, though. Rolling Stone's review only earned 3 of 5 stars.
Title: No Fences
Release year: August, 1990
Peak Position: 1 Country charts
3 on the Pop charts
Tracks: The Thunder Rolls | New Way to Fly | Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House | Victim of the Game | Friends in Low Places | Wild Horses | Unanswered Prayers | Same Old Story | Mr. Blue | Wolves
Notes: This continues to be the best-selling album of Brooks' career. It spent 41 weeks as the top-selling country album in America. It stayed on the charts for 240 weeks, second best to his solo album "Garth Brooks" which stayed on the Billboard's Country Music Album charts for 299 weeks. It was named the Country Music Association's Album of the Year. Brooks bumped himself off the No. 1 position when his next album, "Ropin' The Wind" was released. Reviews of this album were very positive, including a five-star review by AllMusic, an "A" by Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone giving 4 out of 5 stars.
Title: Ropin' The Wind
Release date: September 1991
Peak Position: 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart
1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
Tracks: Against the Grain | Rodeo | What She's Doing Now | Burning Bridges | Papa Loved Mama | Shameless | Cold Shoulder | We Bury the Hatchet | In Lonesome Dove | The River
Notes: For the first time in more than a decade, Brooks' "Ropin' the Wind" debuted at No. 1 on both the country albums and pop albums chart. Like others before it, it continued to grow a list of notable musicians and performers, including Ty England and Trisha Yearwood. It also took the CMA's "Album of the Year" award. Brooks' cover of Billy Joel's "Shameless" continued his tradition of crossover, which had previously included a version of "Mr. Blue," a No. 1 pop hit for the Fleetwoods. Allmusic gave the album 5 of 5 stars, but Entertainment Weekly gave the album just barely above average with a C+ ranking. Rolling Stone gave 4 out of 5 stars.
Title: The Chase
Release: September 1992
Peak Position: 1 on Billboard's Country Album Chart
1 on Billboard's Top 200 (Pop) chart
Tracks: We Shall Be Free | Somewhere Other Than the Night | Mr. Right | Every Now and Then | Walkin' After Midnight | Dixie Chicken | Learning to Live Again | That Summer | Night Rider's Lament | Face to Face
Notes: This is the fourth studio album release by Brooks in four years. It features three covers, including "Walkin' After Midnight," which was one of Patsy Cline's best-known songs. The first track features a country-gospel "We Shall Be Free," which was co-written by Stephanie Davis, a native of Bridger, Montana. The album featured three Top-10 country hits. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B, Allmusic ranked it at 4 out of 5 stars while Rolling Stone's review was an above-average 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Title: In Pieces
Release date: August 1993
Peak position: 1 on Billboard's Top Country Album charts
1 on Billboard's Hot 200 album charts
Tracks: Standing Outside the Fire | The Night I Called the Old Man Out | American Honky-Tonk Bar Association | One Night a Day | Kickin' and Screamin' | Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) | The Red Strokes | Callin' Baton Rouge | The Night Will Only Know | The Cowboy Song
Notes: The album features five Top 10 Country hits, including "Calling Baton Rouge" a remake of the 1987 New Grass Revival hit. Brooks used the band on his version of the song. Allmusic gave this album 4 out of 5 stars, while Entertainment Weekly said the album was worth a C+. Rolling Stone gave it 4 of 5 stars.
Title: Fresh Horses
Released: November 1995
Peak position: 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
2 on Billboard's Top 200 (Pop) album chart.
Tracks: The Old Stuff | Cowboys and Angels | The Fever | That Ol' Wind | Rollin' | The Change | The Beaches of Cheyenne | It's Midnight Cinderella | She's Every Woman | Ireland
Notes: For the first time in three albums, "Fresh Horses" didn't score the top position on the pop album charts. It also marked the first time in Brooks' career when he didn't issue a new studio album in more than a year. Though the trajectory in Brooks' career had been moving toward pop, Brooks decided to return to a more traditional country approach. Though the album received mixed reviews, the fans still loved the album and sent it to the country album's top slot, and it featured four Top 10 country songs. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B-, Spin magazine gave him 8 of 10, while Allmusic returned a mediocre 2.5 out of 5 stars, and Rolling Stone was even less charitable, giving it 2 out of 5 stars.
Release date: November 1997
Peak position: 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart
1 on Billboard's Top 200 (Pop) Albums chart
Tracks: Longneck Bottle | How You Ever Gonna Know | She's Gonna Make It | I Don't Have to Wonder | Two Piña Coladas | Cowboy Cadillac | Fit for a King | Do What You Gotta Do | You Move Me | In Another's Eyes (duet with Trisha Yearwood) | When There's No One Around |A Friend to Me | Take The Keys to My Heart | Belleau Wood
Notes: This longer-than-normal album featured 14 tracks, continuing the "seven" theme, which also had a first-issue release of 777,777 gold CD and a gold stamp on the booklet issued with the CD. This was Brooks' seventh studio album. It received average reviews, despite strong sales and public reaction. It featured two Top 10 hits. Brooks debuted the album with a free public concert in New York City's Central Park to 250,000 adoring fans.
Release date: November 2001
Peak position: 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart
1 on Billboard's Hot 200 (Pop) album chart.
Tracks: Why Ain't I Running | Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?) duet with George Jones | Wrapped Up In You | The Storm | Thicker Than Blood | Big Money |Squeeze Me In (duet with Trisha Yearwood) | Mr. Midnight | Pushing Up Daisies | Rodeo or Mexico | Don't Cross the River | When You Come Back to Me Again (theme from the movie "Frequency")
Notes: "Scarecrow" was and wasn't the eighth studio album released by Brooks. It was the first non-Christmas release by Brooks in more than four years -- an eternity for Brooks' fan. However, in 1999 -- in between "Sevens" and "Scarecrow" -- Brooks' created an alter ego, Chris Gaines -- a pop artist who scored a few minor hits. Most critics panned the pop attempt. "Scarecrow" is Brooks' return to country, and marked the last album he'd release in a 13-year period. It reprised several country standards and as Brooks' said used plenty of steel guitars. Reviews generally tended to be more favorable as Rolling Stone gave it 4 of 5 stars, as did Allmusic and Q magazine. Entertainment Weekly gave it a B.
Title: Man Against Machine
Release date: November 2014
Peak position: 1 on Billboard's Country Album charts
4 on Billboard's Top 200 (Pop) Album charts
Tracks: Man Against Machine | She's Tired of Boys | Cold Like That | All-American Kid | Mom | Wrong About You | Rodeo and Juliet | Midnight Train | Cowboys Forever |People Loving People | Send 'em On Down the Road | Fish | You Wreck Me | Tacoma
Notes: His first release in more than a decade demonstrated Brooks hadn't missed a beat. Literally. The album did well on the charts, despite several technical hiccups. It was his first album released digitally, but not available on iTunes. Reviews were generally positive, noting a familiar sound. Other critics took a more exacting approach, noting that it was middle-of-the-road fare, having neither the explosive pop energy nor the charming country twang. Only one single from the album managed to crack Billboard's Top 40 Country charts. Allmusic, Billboard and Rolling Stone each gave it a respective and respectable 3.5 out of 5 stars. Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+.
Release date: November 2016
Peak position: 4 on Billboard's Top Album charts
25 on Billboard's Top 200 (Pop) charts
Tracks: Honky-Tonk Somewhere | Weekend | Ask Me How I Know |Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance | He Really Loves You | Pure Adrenaline | Whiskey to Wine (featuring Trisha Yearwood) |BANG! BANG! | Cowboys and Friends | 8teen
Notes: For the first time in Brooks' career, a studio (non-Christmas) album charted at less than No. 2, peaking at No. 4. Only one single from the album, "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance," hit the country Top 40, although since Brooks' return from retirement, he's insisted that he's less focused on commercial success on the charts and more on the sound. Metacritic aggregate scores, which take more than 100 scores, gave the album a 65, meaning generally positive reviews. Allmusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Rolling Stone gave it a lackluster 2.5 out of 5 stars.