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The Dance (Garth Brooks song)

"The Dance"
B-side "Friends in Low Places"
Released April 30, 1990
Format CD single, 7" 45 RPM


Genre Country
Length 3:37
Label Capitol Nashville 44629
Writer(s) Tony Arata
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology

"Not Counting You"
"The Dance"
"Friends in Low Places"

"The Dance" is a song written by Tony Arata, and recorded by American country music singer Garth Brooks. It is the tenth and final track from his self-titled debut album and was also released as the fourth and final single in April 1990. It is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.[1]


At the opening of the music video, Brooks explains that the song is written with a double meaning - both as a love song about the end of a passionate relationship, and a story of someone dying because of something he believes in, after a moment of glory.

  • Key: G Major
  • Length - 3:42

Music video

The song's music video, directed by John Lloyd Miller,[2] shows several American icons and examples of people who died for a dream. These include archive footage of the following:

It was awarded Video of the Year at the 1990 ACM Music Awards.[2]

Release and reception

Released near the beginning of his career, "The Dance" was a big hit single around the world, including the CMT 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music broadcast and also the #5 position on the network's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Music Videos special.

In 2001, after the death of Dale Earnhardt, Brooks was invited to the NASCAR Awards Ceremony that was honoring Earnhardt to play the song as a tribute.[3]

Track listing

US 7" promotional single Capitol Nashville NR-44629, 1990

  1. "The Dance" - 3:37
  2. "The Dance"

US 7" Jukebox single Liberty S7-17441-A, 1990

  1. "The Dance" - 3:41
  2. "If Tomorrow Never Comes"

UK CD single Capitol CDCLS-735, 1993
Disc 1

  1. "The Dance"
  2. "Friends in Low Places"
  3. "Victim of the Game"
  4. "Kickin' & Screamin'

Disc 2

  1. "The Dance"
  2. "Friends in Low Places"
  3. "The River" (Live acoustic version)

Chart positions

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
UK Singles Chart 36
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 8
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 13

Other cover versions

Rockell version

"The Dance"
Instant Pleasure
Released September 5, 2000
Format CD, Digital download
Genre Freestyle, Dance
Length 4:04
Label Robbins Entertainment
Rockell singles chronology

"When I'm Gone"
"The Dance"
"What U Did 2 Me"

"The Dance" is the fifth single overall and a cover version by American freestyle recording artist Rockell. It's the first single off her second album Instant Pleasure. There was no video made for this single.

Track listing

US CD Single

No. Title Length
1. "The Dance" (The Hex/Dez Radio Mix) 4:09
2. "The Dance" (The Hex/Dez Club Mix) 9:21

Chart positions

Chart Peak
US Hot Dance Singles Sales 27


External links

  • "The Dance" Lyrics
Preceded by
"Love Without End, Amen"
by George Strait
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

July 14-July 28, 1990
Succeeded by
"Good Times"
by Dan Seals
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 21-August 4, 1990
Succeeded by
"He Walked on Water"
by Randy Travis
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