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Garth Brooks: Songs he should -- and shouldn't -- play in concert

July 18, 2014

By Jim Harrington, Contra Costa Times

July 18--Garth Brooks, the biggest country music of all time, is finally returning to the road. He's announced that Chicago will be his first stop on his long-awaited comeback tour. More dates should be added soon -- including, hopefully, one in our area.

In anticipation of the tour, we have come up with a Top 5 list of the songs we hope Brooks will play in concert. More intriguing, however, is the companion piece -- Top 5 songs we don't want Garth to play on this tour.

We'll start with the positive:

Top 5 songs Garth should play in concert:

1. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" -- Brooks' first single is still arguably his best. Perhaps he's working on a sequel -- "Much Too Old (To Feel This Damn Young)"?

2. "Shameless" -- The country crooner's take on the Billy Joel number is a career highlight. It's one of the rare cases where the cover is better than the original.

3. "Somewhere Other Than the Night" -- This big ballad is a mighty showcase for Brooks' voice\

4. "Rodeo" -- It will make even a certified city-slicker want to sign up for roping lessons.

5. "Friends in Low Places" -- Just can't wait to see the crowd react when he plays this all-time anthem.

And on the other hand:

Top 5 songs Garth should not play:

1. "Fever" -- No one should cover Aerosmith. Ever.

2. "Callin' Baton Rouge" -- Nearly fell asleep just writing the title to this song.

3. "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association" -- How many cliches can fit in one country song? Listen here and find out.

4. "It's Midnight Cinderella" -- Just a bad idea.

5. Anything from that "Sevens" album.

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