Garth Brooks Nabs First No.1 in 10 Years With ‘Ask Me How I Know’
“Ask Me How I Know” Garth Brooks is one of country music’s biggest superstars? Well, the Oklahoma native just notched his 20th No.1 song in 10 years. Brooks last appeared on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in 2007 for his song, “More Than A Memory,” but his decade-long streak has ended after his latest smash, “Ask Me How I Know” took the top spot.
“I’m so proud of the Pearl Records team for working so hard for this No. 1,” Brooks said in a press release. “Congrats to Mitch Rossell on his first cut – so happy for you, pal! And, to country radio: four decades later, thanks for still believing. I’m humbled and very grateful.”
The song, which reached the top position on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country Airplay charts for the week ending Dec. 3, was written solely by songwriter Mitch Rossell, who’s had Brooks’ support for the past several years.
“He has given me a platform that I would venture to say no other artist in history has given another artist,” Rossell told PEOPLE recently. “Even coming out of my mouth, it doesn’t seem like it could be real… Whether or not this whole thing takes off and I have a chance to have an artist or songwriter career, I will still call Garth Brooks my friend and one of the greatest people I’ve ever met, if not the greatest. That’s the bigger picture for me.”
The accolade also comes upon the 28th anniversary of Brooks’ very first No.1 “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which peaked at No.1 on Dec. 9, 1989.
In addition to topping the country radio charts, Brooks has scored his 17th No.1 album on the Top Country Albums after releasing The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years. The box set chronicles his musical journey from 1989 to 1993.
Brooks will wrap his banner year when he headlines seven shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, beginning Saturday, Dec. 9 with Trisha Yearwood. The stops in Nashville will wrap the North American leg of the three-year tour, which has sold more than 6.4 million tickets making it the biggest North American tour in history.