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23 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Unanswered Prayers’

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On this day (Jan. 12) in 1991, Garth Brooks soared to the top of the charts with his hit, ‘Unanswered Prayers,’ from his multi-platinum selling album, ‘No Fences.’

The song, which Brooks co-wrote with Pat Alger and Larry Bastian, was a true-life account of an incident he had with his then-wife, Sandy.

“‘Unanswered Prayers’ was a big part of my heart that went out on that record,” Brooks explains. “A true life thing that happened to Sandy and myself. In October of ’89, I saw my old high school flame. And I can say this now, at the time I couldn’t. For the first two years of my married life, I really thought the girl that was for me was still that girl that was in high school.”

He adds, “And now, man, just the realization that what you have is the best for you, and the best you could ever do in your lifetime. It sure makes you sleep well at night.”

‘Unanswered Prayers,’ which was Brooks’ fourth chart-topping hit, stayed at No. 1 for two weeks, and helped keep ‘No Fences’ in the No. 1 spot for several months.

The Oklahoma native liked the song so much, he included it on several of his compilation albums, including ‘The Hits,’ ‘Limited Series’ and ‘Double Live.’

Next: The Top 10 Garth Brooks Songs

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