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Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
is the third studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on September 2, 1991 and was his first studio album to debut at No. 1 the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart and the Top Country Albums chart. It was the first album by a country singer to top both of these charts since Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers
did just over a decade earlier. It enjoyed four runs at No. 1 between September 28, 1991 – April 3, 1992, spending a combined 18 weeks at the top, eventually being certified 14x Platinum by the RIAA in 1998. In the UK it reached the Top 50 pop albums list and went to No. 1 for several months on the country charts. It has gone to sell 17 million copies worldwide. The track "Shameless" is a cover of a Billy Joel
Billy Joel
song, previously recorded on his 1989 album Storm Front. According to music review website Allmusic, Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
is the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.[6]


1 Background 2 Reception 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Charts

5.1 Album 5.2 Singles 5.3 Other charted songs 5.4 End of decade charts

6 Certifications 7 See also 8 References

Background[edit] Brooks commented on the album saying : " Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
was what we called the son of Fences. Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
was made in this kind of tour that we were on from No Fences. We were gone, pretty much 250 days out of the year. And in that remaining 100 days, I elected to cut Ropin' The Wind, and try to write for it. This album became a lot bigger than I ever thought it could possibly be. And when I listen to the singles off of it like Rodeo, What She's Doing Now, The River, Papa Loved Mama, and Shameless, I look at it and stand very proud. And then when I also look at the cuts, Against The Grain, Cold Shoulder, these songs I am equally proud of.'"[7] Reception[edit] Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his first, and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums number-one album selling 400,000 copies, becoming his second No. 1 Country album. In September 1998, Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
was certified 14 x platinum by the RIAA.[citation needed] Track listing[edit]

"Against the Grain" (Bruce Bouton, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson) – 2:22 "Rodeo" (Larry Bastian) – 3:53 "What She's Doing Now" (Pat Alger, Garth Brooks) – 3:26 "Burning Bridges" (Stephanie C. Brown, Brooks) – 3:35 "Papa Loved Mama" (Kim Williams, Brooks) – 2:51 "Shameless" (Billy Joel) – 4:19 "Cold Shoulder" (Kent Blazy, Williams, Brooks) – 3:55 "We Bury the Hatchet" (Royal Wade Kimes, Brooks) – 3:05 "In Lonesome Dove" (Cynthia Limbaugh, Brooks) – 4:48 "The River" (Victoria Shaw, Brooks) – 4:25


^[a] – This track was not on the original release of the album. It first appeared when the album was re-released as part of Brooks' first Limited Series box set collection, and remained part of subsequent releases of the album until 2014, when it was released digitally for the first time.


Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
– lead and backing vocals Ty England – acoustic guitar, backing vocals Dave Gant – keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals James Garver – electric guitar, percussion, backing vocals Steve McClure – pedal steel and electric guitars Betsy Smittle – bass guitar, backing vocals Mike Palmer – drums, percussion Susan Ashton
Susan Ashton
– backing vocals Bruce Bouton – lap and pedal steel guitars, dobro Sam Bush
Sam Bush
– mandolin Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar Mike Chapman – bass guitar Charles Cochran – string arrangements Larry Cordle – backing vocals Jerry Douglas – dobro Carl Jackson – backing vocals Chris Leuzinger – electric guitar Rob Hajacos – fiddle Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer
– acoustic bass Milton Sledge – drums, percussion Bobby Wood – keyboards Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood
– backing vocals Nashville String Machine – string orchestra



Charts (1991) Peak position

Australian Albums Chart[8] 21

Canadian RPM Top Albums 22

Canadian RPM Country Albums 1

Dutch Albums Chart[8] 69

European Albums Chart[9] 91

Irish Albums Chart[10] 10

New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 33

Norwegian Albums Chart[8] 14

Spanish Albums Chart[11] 31

UK Albums Chart[12] 41

U.S. Billboard 200[13] 1

U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[13] 1

Zimbabwean Albums Chart[14] 1


Year Single Peak chart positions

US Country CAN Country CAN AC UK

1991 "Rodeo" 3 1 — —

"Shameless" 1 1 26 71

"What She's Doing Now" 1 1 — —

1992 "Papa Loved Mama" 3 2 — —

"The River" 1 1 — —

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions

US Country

1992 "Against the Grain" 66

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position

U.S. Billboard 200[15] 12


Region Provider Certification Sales/Shipments

Australia ARIA Platinum[16] 70,000+

Canada CRIA 5 x Platinum [17] 500,000+

Ireland IRMA 3 x Platinum 45,000

Japan Oricon N/A[18] 23,000

Spain PROMUSICAE N/A[18] 40,000+

United States RIAA 14 x Platinum[19] 14,800,000



See also[edit]

List of best-selling albums in the United States


^ Allmusic review ^ Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
review ^ Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
review ^ Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
Consumer Guide ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 105. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.  ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1962-02-07). " Garth Brooks". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-07.  ^ "Garth'S Cd'S". Angelfire.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-03-07.  ^ a b c d http://www.swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Garth+Brooks&titel=Ropin%27+The+Wind&cat=a ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=jg8EAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World – Eurochartwork=Billboardpublisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.date=23 May 1992page=43 ^ "Hits of the World – Ireland". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 23 April 1994. p. 47. Retrieved 21 July 2012.  ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.  ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/garth%20brooks/ ^ a b " Garth Brooks : Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.  ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000 ^ 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. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.  ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart – Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2009-12-30.  ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association: Certification Results- February 15, 2010". CRIA. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. Retrieved 2010-02-15.  ^ a b https://books.google.com/books?id=HQgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA100&dq=garth+brooks+spain&hl=en&sa=X&ei=em6oU4G5FMau7AbvtoGgCQ&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=garth%20brooks%20spain&f=false. Retrieved 2009-12-30.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "Gold & Platinum – February 12, 2010". RIAA. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 

Preceded by Metallica
by Metallica Use Your Illusion II
Use Your Illusion II
by Guns N' Roses Nevermind
by Nirvana Nevermind
by Nirvana Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album September 28 – October 4, 1991 October 19 – December 6, 1991 January 18–31, 1992 February 8 – April 3, 1992 Succeeded by Use Your Illusion II
Use Your Illusion II
by Guns N' Roses Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby
by U2 Nevermind
by Nirvana Wayne's World (soundtrack)
Wayne's World (soundtrack)
by Various artists

Preceded by No Fences
No Fences
by Garth Brooks Wynonna by Wynonna Top Country Albums number-one album September 28, 1991 – April 17, 1992 May 9 – June 5, 1992 Succeeded by Wynonna by Wynonna Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus

Preceded by none RPM Country Albums number-one album April 18–24, 1992 Succeeded by For My Broken Heart by Reba McEntire

Preceded by No Fences
No Fences
by Garth Brooks Top Country Albums number-one album of the year 1992 Succeeded by Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus

v t e

Garth Brooks

Discography Awards and nominations Concert tours

Studio albums

Garth Brooks No Fences Ropin' the Wind The Chase In Pieces Fresh Horses Sevens Greatest Hits (as Chris Gaines) Scarecrow Man Against Machine Gunslinger

Holiday albums

Beyond the Season Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
and the Magic of Christmas Songs from Call Me Claus Christmas Together (with Trisha Yearwood)

Compilation albums

The Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Collection The Hits The Lost Sessions The Ultimate Hits

Live albums

Double Live

Box sets

The Limited Series (1998) The Limited Series (2005) The Entertainer Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences The Ultimate Collection

Concert tours

The Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
World Tour (1993–94) The Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
World Tour (1996–98) World Tour (2014–present)

Residency shows

Garth at Wynn
Garth at Wynn


Garth: Live from Central Park Garth Brooks: Live in Kansas City Garth Brooks: Live in LA

Other ventures

GhostTunes Pearl Records Teammates for Kids Foundation

Associated acts

Ty England James Garver Allen Reynolds Trisha Yearwood


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Billboard Year-End number one albums


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Ropin' the Wind
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