Even If It Breaks Your Heart

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"Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
Single by Eli Young Band
from the album Life at Best
Released January 23, 2012 (2012-01-23)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:40
Label Republic Nashville
Writer(s) Will Hoge
Eric Paslay
Producer(s) Frank Liddell
Mike Wrucke
Eli Young Band singles chronology
"Crazy Girl"
(2011)
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
(2012)
"Say Goodnight"
(2012)

"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" is a song written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay in April 2009 and originally recorded by Hoge on his seventh studio album, The Wreckage.[1] The song was made popular by American country music group the Eli Young Band. It was released in January 2012 as the sixth single of their career, and the second from their album Life at Best.

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four stars out of five, saying that it is "poetry set to music" but the lyrics are "difficult to relate to."[2] Jonathan Keefe of Country Universe wrote that it's a "good but not great song, given a credible performance by a competent band with the wherewithal not to want to sound like Journey" but "precious few guitar chords in the full duration of the performance actually ring to the full breadth of their tone, giving the single a clipped, tinny sound." He gave the song a B but the recording a D.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brian Lazzaro and premiered in January 2012.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of December 24, 2011.[5] It also debuted at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of March 31, 2012. The song became the group's second consecutive number-one single on the country chart for the week of July 28, 2012.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"You Don't Know Her Like I Do"
by Brantley Gilbert
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

July 28, 2012
Succeeded by
"5-1-5-0"
by Dierks Bentley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (January 17, 2012). "Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (December 12, 2011). "Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (January 15, 2012). "Single Review: Eli Young Band, “Even if It Breaks Your Heart”". Country Universe. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Brittany Joy (January 16, 2012). "Eli Young Band Release Emotional Video for ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (December 17, 2011). "Scotty McCreery's Clear as Day Recaptures Album Peak". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Eli Young Band.
  7. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Eli Young Band.
  8. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Eli Young Band.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Even If It Breaks Your Heart". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ "Best of 2012 - Hot 100 Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  11. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.