Rewinding the Country Charts: 25 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Broke Barriers With 'No Fences'
Twenty-five years ago, Garth Brooks' assault on music history kicked into high gear. On the Sept. 29, 1990 Top Country Albums chart, the then-28-year-old's second set, No Fences, entered at No. 15. Two weeks later, it rocketed to No. 1, becoming his first leader, holding the top spot for 41 weeks and producing four classic Hot Country Songs No. 1s: "Friends in Low Places," "Unanswered Prayers," "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" and "The Thunder Rolls."
Brooks has since upped his total to 14 Top Country Albums No. 1s, including his latest, 2014's Man Against the Machine. His current U.S. album sales total 70.5 million, the top sum since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. The Beatles follow at 66.9 million.
In July, the superstar, whose world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood rolls on, was named the top-earning country act of the previous 12 months, according to Forbes, having taken in $90 million in total income in that span.
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