“Friends in Low Places”
Written by Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee
#1 (4 weeks)
October 6 – October 27, 1990
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
September 21 – October 5, 1990
Quite possibly the most important hit of the decade.
The Road to No. 1
Having already scored No. 1 hits in 1990 with “Not Counting You” and “The Dance,” Garth Brooks pulled off the polar opposite of a sophomore slump with his first single from No Fences.
The No. 1
That’s right. The most important hit of the decade.
You cannot disconnect Garth Brooks from the massive nineties country boom, and no record was more instrumental in making him the biggest selling solo artist in American history than “Friends in Low Places.”
It’s a singalong anthem for the underdog. It’s a celebration of the working class stiff. It’s the perfect record to capture the new ethos of country music at this critical juncture:
“This is who we are. This is what we sound like. And we don’t have to pretend to be pop or uptown or anything other than our country selves. Now watch us outsell everyone else without selling out.”
Garth invited us all to join him in low places, and took country music higher than it had ever been.
The Road From No. 1
Three No. 1 singles weren’t enough for Garth in 1990. He’s got one more on the way before the year is out.
“Friends in Low Places” gets an A.