This might be the most random post ever on this blog but its a semi-important topic (not really) so I figured what better place to post than Whitney's blog. Just to warn you, this post is about Garth Brooks and you might get Garth-fever, which I have heard is way worse than the Bieber fever. The weird thing about this post is that I do not like Garth Brooks at all, in fact, I can't even name a single song of his. Although in this post I am "pro-Garth but not a fan of his at all, I think deep inside there is a part of me that is yearning to become a fan of his music and here is why...
We went to Vegas this past weekend for a country music concert with Jake and Kristi Stocking. We stayed at the Palms in a sky villa (which is why I was so excited to go to Vegas to listen to country) and also were able to have a meet and greet with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Planet Hollywood hotel. To answer the question on everybody's mind: YES, Faith Hill is hot. We went backstage, shook their hands, exchanged a few words, took a picture, then we were shuffled back into our seats. Then, Tim Mcgraw came on followed by Faith Hill and did their thing and our wives danced and sang the night away. Now, to the important part of this post:
Afterwards, we ate at the Earl of Sandwich (which might be one of the greatest sandwiches of all time-but that's not what this post is about) and the dinner conversation we had was about who is the most popular/successful country artist of all time. The girls who are heavily biased towards Tim McGraw seem to believe that he is the biggest name in country right now and will be of all time since he is still producing music. Jake and I agreed that the fact that Tim McGraw starting in movies is boosting his success and popularity BIG TIME, however, he will NEVER be bigger or more successful than Garth Brooks. Now, I am not saying that I am a Garth Brooks fan but not being a country music fan at all, if someone were to ask me, "who is the most popular country singer of all time?", my answer without even debating would be...
Without even talking about his numbers and accolades, I am convinced that if there was 1 recogonizable name in country worldwide, it would be Garth Brooks. Now to the more juicy part-Garth Brooks's stats:
Since 1991, he is the #1 best selling-albums artist in the US
He had 36 billboard top 10 hits, 20 of those were #1 hits
He has sold over 168 million albums; Tim Mcgraw has sold 40 million
Garth Brooks net worth: #$325 million; Tim Mcgraw net worth: $60 million
The trend we are seeing here is pretty obvious which brings me to my (and Jakes) point: Garth Brook is undeniably the most popular country music artist of all time, in terms of worldwide following, albums sold, and accolades acheived. Tim Mcgraw does have a few things over Garth though: he is married to Faith Hill, is a movie star (he was great as "Dallas" in the movie "Four Christmases"), and he isn't chubby like Garth (FYI--Garth is only 5 years older than Tim). Even with these, he just can't touch Garth and he will be the most known, popular, mainstream country artist of all time.
I think it is safe to say that this case can be arrested, anymore talk would just be like beating a dead horse. For anyone who has spent their time reading this, I appreciate it and apologize since it is something that we already knew. To put this to rest, we must put this topic to the ultimate test by asking who would win in a battle royal between Garth Brooks and Jack Bauer:
Undeniably Garth Brooks.