Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. Today your Hit Parade marches to the week ending October 27th, 1990, when “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks was in its fourth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks, the same week his album No Fences instantly went gold and platinum, affirming that he was country music’s biggest star. Soon enough, Brooks would become —more than any rock star, rapper or pop diva—the archetypal artist of the SoundScan era. On part 1, we explore country music's boom and bust 1970's and 80's before diving into the world that made Garth Brooks megastardom possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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1h 20m · November 16, 2020
Friends in Low Places, Part 1
I genuinely had no clue Garth Brooks was that big. Want to go and check him out a bit more now to be fair 🤔4 days ago·1 like·
@Westley-Bone and @Jennifer1 - not sure if you've heard this one? I was interested to learn how the misleading the charts could be back in the day! I seem to pick up new nuggets of pop knowledge in every episode - I never realised that Garth Brooks out placed the Beatles at one point! 😳 (I like Garth Brooks - but topping the Beatles was a bit cheeky!!)5 days ago·1 like·
I love this series, I have learnt so much. I feel if I get through them all I might be able to give pop master a go on radio 2! 😂5 days ago·2 likes·