Written by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw
#1 (1 week)
July 25, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
July 10 – July 17, 1992
Garth Brooks taps into his seventies soft rock roots.
The Road to No. 1
Garth Brooks was continuing his unprecedented hot streak at retail with Ropin’ the Wind, but his streak of consecutive No. 1 singles ended with the fourth release from that album, “Papa Loved Mama.” He returned to the top with the fifth and final single.
The No. 1
“The River” is one of the better numbers in Garth’s inspirational songs collection. Heavily influenced by the soft rock sounds of James Taylor, “The River” is a thoughtful meditation on perseverance as you navigate the rocky waters of life.
The understated approach to performing the song keeps things from becoming overwrought or preachy. It’s a simple metaphor and its paired well with a simple arrangement.
It’s not quite “The Dance” or “Unanswered Prayers,” but it’s still pretty great.
The Road From No. 1
Garth followed “The River” with “We Shall Be Free,” the lead single from his fourth studio album, The Chase. It became his first release to miss the Billboard top ten. He’d return to the top with the second single from that project, which we will cover when we get to 1993.
“The River” gets a B+.
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