Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," written by Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee, hit number one of the Billboard country charts 22 years ago today. It was the lead single from his best-selling "No Fences" record. The song would eventually spend four weeks on top.
Garth was not the only artist to record the song. MCA Recording artist Mark Chesnutt included his take on the tune on his 1990 debut, "Too Cold At Home." Garth included a live version on 1998's "Double Live" set and features an infamous third verse.
The song catapulted Garth's popularity to worldwide audiences. It hit the charts in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association honored Garth with trophies for single of the year. Garth released yet another smash with "Unanswered Prayers," as his follow-up single. "Friends in Low Places" remains as one of Garth's signature hits.