Ropin' the Wind

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Ropin' the Wind
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released September 2, 1991
Recorded Jack's Tracks Recording Studios, 1990-1991
Genre Country
Length 32:14
Label Liberty
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
No Fences
Ropin' the Wind
Beyond the Season
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

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 chart and the Top Country Albums chart. There 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 for shipments of 14xPlatinum by the RIAA in 2010. 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 world wide.

The track "Shameless" is a cover of a Billy Joel song, previously recorded on his 1989 album Storm Front.

According to music review website Allmusic, Ropin' the Wind is the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.[6]


Brooks commented on the album saying : "Ropin' the Wind was what we called the son of Fences. 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]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Against the Grain" (Bruce Bouton, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson) – 2:22
  2. "Rodeo" (Larry Bastian) – 3:53 First performed in Houston, TX
  3. "What She's Doing Now" (Pat Alger, Garth Brooks) – 3:26 First performed in Boston, MA
  4. "Burning Bridges" (Stephanie C. Brown, Brooks) – 3:35
  5. "Which One of Them" (Brooks) - 2:39A
  6. "Papa Loved Mama" (Kim Williams, Brooks) – 2:51 First performed in Chicago, IL
  7. "Shameless" (Billy Joel) – 4:19 First performed in Baltimore, MD
  8. "Cold Shoulder" (Kent Blazy, Williams, Brooks) – 3:55
  9. "We Bury the Hatchet" (Royal Wade Kimes, Brooks) – 3:05 First performed in Houston, TX
  10. "In Lonesome Dove" (Cynthia Limbaugh, Brooks) – 4:48
  11. "The River" (Victoria Shaw, Brooks) – 4:25 First performed in Savannah, GA

AThis 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 has since been part of subsequent releases of the album.

Chart performance[edit]

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 August 1993, Ropin' the Wind was certified 14 x platinum by the RIAA.

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 12


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

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
Metallica by Metallica
Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses
Nevermind by Nirvana
Nevermind by Nirvana
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 by Guns N' Roses
Achtung Baby by U2
Nevermind by Nirvana
Wayne's World (soundtrack) by Various artists
Preceded by
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
RPM Country Albums number-one album
April 18–24, 1992
Succeeded by
For My Broken Heart by Reba McEntire
Preceded by
No Fences by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus


  • Garth Brooks - lead and backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Susan Ashton - backing vocals
  • Bruce Bouton - lap and pedal steel guitars, dobro
  • Sam Bush - mandolin
  • Mark Casstevens - acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman - electric bass
  • Larry Cordle - backing vocals
  • Jerry Douglas - dobro
  • Carl Jackson - backing vocals
  • Chris Leuzinger - electric guitar
  • Rob Hajacos - fiddle
  • Edgar Meyer - acoustic bass
  • Milton Sledge - drums, percussion
  • Bobby Wood - keyboards
  • Trisha Yearwood - backing vocals

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1962-02-07). "Garth Brooks". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Garth'S Cd'S". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
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  10. ^ of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=23 May 1992|page=43
  11. ^ "Hits of the World - Ireland". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 23 April 1994. p. 47. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
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  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  16. ^ a b "Garth Brooks : Chart History". Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  18. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association: Certification Results- February 15, 2010". CRIA. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  19. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  20. ^ 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.