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24 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No.1 With ‘The Dance’

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24 years ago today (July 14, 1990) is a day Garth Brooks will likely not forget. It was on this day that his hit, ‘The Dance,’ soared to the top of the charts, where it stayed for three straight weeks.

The song, which was his second No. 1 single, was from his self-titled debut album. Written by songwriter Tony Arata, the song helped both Brooks and Arata find their place in country music,

“We were both doing whatever we could to stay in Nashville, trying to get our songs heard by anybody,” Arata recalls. “The only folks listening, however, were other songwriters as no one else was usually at our shows.” As they were both struggling as newcomers, Brooks told Arata if he ever got a record deal, he would record the song.

‘The Dance’ sealed Brooks spot in country music, and earned him multiple awards, including the CMA Horizon Award. He also won an ACM Award for the song’s video, which included footage from celebrities who had passed away, including Keith Whitley, Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.

The song has been used multiple times to mark emotional moments since its release, including in a tribute to late NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt in 2001, at the end of Brooks’ nine-show run in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena to benefit flood recovery efforts in 2010, and on Jay Leno’s final night as host of ‘The Tonight Show’ in 2014.

The Oklahoma native included the song on several of his Greatest Hits albums, including ‘The Hits’ in 1994 and ‘The Ultimate Hits’ in 2007

Purchase ‘The Dance’ here.

Next: The Top 10 Garth Brooks Songs

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