Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorites Of 2013?

Garth Brooks performs during The Dream Concert to Benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on September 18, 2007 in New York City.

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@gthot20 This has been interesting reminder of how major Garth Brooks still is to many people.

Sean Ross (@RossOnRadio) [Billboard contributor]


Garth Brooks' return to top of the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums has been long in the making, so it might sometimes be forgotten that he's still the best-selling album artist in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. With 69.1 million albums sold in that span, he leads runners-up the Beatles (65 million) and Mariah Carey (54.2 million).

With a new wave of country format cornerstones having rolled in since Brooks' self-imposed partial retirement after releasing "Scarecrow" in 2001, his return surely carries an element of absence-making-the-heart-grow-fonder. He and wife Trisha Yearwood also return to Country Airplay this week with their new duet "The Call."

Brooks was a big as any act can be in a genre throughout the '90s. As a recap (and a chart-geeky holiday present to Garth fans everywhere, myself included), here's an exclusive recap of Brooks' biggest Billboard Hot Country Songs hits of the '90s (encompassing songs that peaked between January 1990 and December 1999).

Let's count 'em down (Bob Kingsley-style) from No. 30 to No. 1:

30, "It's Your Song"
29, "One Night a Day"
28, "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"
27, "It's Midnight Cinderella"
26, "Standing Outside the Fire"
25, "Learning to Love Again"
24, "Papa Loved Mama"
23, "You Move Me"
22, "She's Gonna Make It"
21, "Callin' Baton Rouge"

20, "That Ol' Wind"
19, "In Another's Eyes," Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks
18, "Rodeo"
17, "The Beaches of Cheyenne"
16, "The River"
15, "That Summer"
14, "Not Counting You"
13, "To Make You Feel My Love"
12, "Two Pina Coladas"
11, "Somewhere Other Than the Night"

10, "Ain't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)"
9, "She's Every Woman"

8, "Shameless"
7, "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
6, "Longneck Bottle"
5, "The Thunder Rolls"
4, "What She's Doing Now"
3, "The Dance"
2, "Unanswered Prayers"

1, "Friends in Low Places"

(The list above is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs chart. Titles are ranked using an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at the chart's lower positions earning the least.)