The Hits (Garth Brooks album)

The Hits is the second compilation album, and first wide-released greatest hits album, from American country music artist Garth Brooks, released on December 13, 1994 by Liberty.

The Hits
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedDecember 13, 1994 (1994-12-13)
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
The Garth Brooks Collection
The Hits
Fresh Horses
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[4]

Brooks first greatest hits album, The Garth Brooks Collection, was released three months earlier exclusively at McDonald's restaurants for a limited time to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.

The Hits is now out of print due to Brooks' views for whole record sales, instead of albums of singles. He insisted it only be available for a limited time, but not before it sold well over ten million copies (which at that time became his first album to achieve Diamond Series).

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and Top Country Albums. A CD Zoom containing 20-second sound bites of 61 songs accompanied The Hits. In June 1995, the master was buried under Brooks’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[5]

Track listingEdit

The Hits – Standard edition
1."Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" (from In Pieces, 1993)Kent Blazy, Kim Williams, Garth Brooks4:32
2."Friends in Low Places" (from No Fences, 1990)Dewayne Blackwell, Earl "Bud" Lee4:18
3."Callin' Baton Rouge" (from In Pieces, 1993)Dennis Linde2:38
4."The River" (from Ropin' the Wind, 1991)Victoria Shaw, Brooks4:25
5."Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" (from Garth Brooks, 1989)Randy Taylor, Brooks2:53
6."The Thunder Rolls" (from No Fences, 1990)Pat Alger, Brooks3:42
7."American Honky-Tonk Bar Association" (from In Pieces, 1993)Bryan Kennedy, Jim Rushing3:33
8."If Tomorrow Never Comes" (from Garth Brooks, 1989)Kent Blazy, Brooks3:37
9."Unanswered Prayers" (from No Fences, 1990)Alger, Larry Bastian, Brooks3:23
10."Standing Outside the Fire" (from In Pieces, 1993)Jenny Yates, Brooks3:52
11."Rodeo" (from Ropin' the Wind, 1991)Larry Bastian3:53
12."What She's Doing Now" (from Ropin' the Wind, 1991)Alger, Brooks3:26
13."We Shall Be Free" (from The Chase, 1992)Stephanie Davis, Brooks3:48
14."Papa Loved Mama" (from Ropin' the Wind, 1991)Williams, Brooks2:51
15."Shameless" (from Ropin' the Wind, 1991)Billy Joel4:19
16."Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" (from No Fences, 1990)Bobby Boyd, Warren Haynes, Dennis Robbins2:31
17."That Summer" (from The Chase, 1992)Alger, Sandy Mahl, Brooks4:47
18."The Dance" (from Garth Brooks, 1989)Tony Arata3:40
Total length:66:08


The Hits debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his fourth, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his fifth #1 Country album. In November 1998, The Hits was certified 10x Platinum by the RIAA.

End of decade chartsEdit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 24


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