No Fences was released on August 27, 1990, and is American country music artist Garth Brooks' second album. It reached #1 on the Billboard country music charts and #3 on Billboard's pop chart, and is Brooks' best-selling album to date, with global sales of over 20 million copies (approximately 16 million in the U.S. through 2006.) This is the album that made him an international star and was his first album issued in Great Britain (the original release in that country contained four bonus tracks, the singles from his previous U.S debut).
Brooks commented on the album, saying:
"No Fences definitely, hands down would be the people's favorite album that we have done so far. It's by far our biggest selling album. With songs like Friends In Low Places, Two Of A Kind, Unanswered Prayers, and especially The Thunder Rolls with all the attention it got with the video situation that it went through. It's probably not surprising that this is the biggest selling album of our collection. The number that we have sold surprises me to death, and this is a good time for me to say thanks to those people who have it.
To those people who might be thinking about getting Fences, if you do, I hope that you don't feel like you've been let down. It's an album that I stand by, I'm very proud of. An album that I pull out from time to time and listen and hold my head up and say, yeah I'll still stand by it."
Some of Brooks most famous songs appear on No Fences, including: "The Thunder Rolls" (CMA's 1991 Video of the Year), "Friends in Low Places" (Academy of Country Music's 1990 Single of the Year), "Unanswered Prayers" and "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House". A cover version of The Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue" appears on the album. The album itself was named Album of the Year by the ACM in 1990. It reached Number 1 on the British country music charts (earning Brooks his first gold album in that country) and remained charted for over five years.
Brooks later released the track "Wild Horses" as a single in 2001, reaching #7 on the country charts with it.
|Year||Song||U.S. Country||UK singles|
|1990||"Friends in Low Places" 1||1||36|
|1991||"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"||1||-|
|1991||"The Thunder Rolls"||1||-|
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