Written by Don Von Tress and originally titled “Don’t Tell My Heart” (and performed by The Marcy Brothers in 1991) the song name was later changed to “Achy Breaky Heart” and recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus as part of his 1992 album Some Gave All.
As Cyrus’ debut single and soon to be become signature song, in the United States it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Country Songs chart and was the first country single to be certified Platinum since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton‘s “Islands in the Stream” in 1983. It remains Cyrus’s biggest hit to date and his only song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Thanks to the video of this hit, there was the explosion of the line dance into the mainstream yet the song is considered by some as one of the worst songs of all time, coming in at #2 on VH1 and Blender‘s list of the “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever.”
Born 56 years ago today Billy is, of course, the father of pop superstars’ Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) and Noah Cyrus.