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The Hits (Garth Brooks album)

The Hits
Greatest hits album by Garth Brooks
Released December 13, 1994 (1994-12-13)
Genre Country
Length 76:05
Label Liberty
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
The Garth Brooks Collection
The Hits
Fresh Horses
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[4]

The Hits is the second compilation album and first wide-released greatest hits album from American country music artist Garth Brooks. 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 was released on December 13, 1994 and was quickly deleted at Brooks' request. This was 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. The Hits debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and Top Country Albums. In June 1995, the master was buried under Garth’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[5]

Track listing

  1. "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)" (from In Pieces) (Kent Blazy, Kim Williams, Garth Brooks) – 4:33
  2. "Friends in Low Places" (from No Fences) (DeWayne Blackwell, Earl "Bud" Lee) – 4:18
  3. "Callin' Baton Rouge" (from In Pieces) (Dennis Linde) – 2:38
  4. "The River" (from Ropin' the Wind) (Victoria Shaw, Brooks) – 4:25
  5. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" (from Garth Brooks) (Randy Taylor, Brooks) – 2:53
  6. "The Thunder Rolls" (from No Fences) (Pat Alger, Brooks) – 3:42
  7. "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association" (from In Pieces) (Bryan Kennedy, Jim Rushing) – 3:33
  8. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (from Garth Brooks) (Blazy, Brooks) – 3:37
  9. "Unanswered Prayers" (from No Fences) (Alger, Larry Bastian, Brooks) – 3:23
  10. "Standing Outside the Fire" (from In Pieces) (Jenny Yates, Brooks) – 3:52
  11. "Rodeo" (from Ropin' the Wind) (Bastian) – 3:53
  12. "What She's Doing Now" (from Ropin' the Wind) (Alger, Brooks) – 3:26
  13. "We Shall Be Free" (from The Chase) (Stephanie Davis, Brooks) – 3:48
  14. "Papa Loved Mama" (from Ropin' the Wind) (Williams, Brooks) – 2:51
  15. "Shameless" (from Ropin' the Wind) (Billy Joel) – 4:19
  16. "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" (from No Fences) (Bobby Boyd, Warren Haynes, Dennis Robbins) – 2:31
  17. "That Summer" (from The Chase) (Alger, Sandy Mahl-Brooks, Brooks) – 4:46
  18. "The Dance" (from Garth Brooks) (Tony Arata) – 3:37
In Europe both "The Red Strokes" and "Burning Bridges" were added to the album due to their success on that continent. "Burning Bridges" as 3rd Track and "The Red Strokes" as 19th Track.

Chart performance

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 charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[18] 24

Chart Successions

Preceded by
Vitalogy by Pearl Jam
Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
Irish number one album
15 December 1994 – 26 January 1995 (6 weeks)
30 March 1995 - 20 April 1995 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
What Colour is the Wind by Charlie Landsborough
Nobody Else by Take That
Preceded by
Miracles: The Holiday Album by Kenny G
Balance by Van Halen
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 7 1995 - February 11 1995
February 18 1995 - 11 March 1995
Succeeded by
Balance by Van Halen
II by Boyz II Men


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  2. ^ Browne, David (23 December 1994). "The Hits Review".  
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  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 105.  
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks". Garth Brooks. 1994-12-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
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  7. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart".  
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  9. ^ "Hits of the World - Ireland".  
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE.  
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  12. ^ a b "The Hits - Garth Brooks". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
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  14. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association: Certification Results- February 15, 2010". CRIA. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  15. ^ . BPI Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  16. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  17. ^ Grein, Paul (2011-09-14). "Chart Watch Extra: All The Greatest Hits | Chart Watch - Archives - Yahoo! Music". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  18. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s.  
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