Brooks distinguished himself from other "hat acts" coming up in early '90s country music by incorporating elements of '70s and '80s rock into his sound. On Ropin' The Wind
, he took a gamble and covered Billy Joel's "Shameless
," which paid off when it went to #1 on the Country chart. The album, which debuted at #1 in the US, helped usher Brooks - and country music - into the mainstream.