Ropin’ the Wind – 1991

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. It was the first album by a country singer to top both of these charts since 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 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.

Track listing

“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
“Which One of Them” (Brooks) – 2:39A
“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
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 remained part of subsequent releases of the album until 2014, when it was released digitally for the first time.