"It's a Heartache" is a country rock song that was recorded separately by Bonnie Tyler and Juice Newton in 1977. Tyler's version charted in the UK in November 1977, Newton's charted in Mexico in 1977, and both versions charted in the United States in 1978. The song was also recorded by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes in 1978, but it was not a hit. Authorship is credited to Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe, who became Tyler's managers, songwriters, and producers when they saw her in Wales in 1976.
Tyler's version of the song, which was produced by David Mackay, proved to be the most successful (see chart positions below), peaking at #4 in the U.K. and #3 in the United States (where it was also a Top Ten hit on the Country Music chart), and #1 in several European countries and Australia. With physical sales in excess of 6 million copies, Tyler's version is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Many re-recordings were produced by Tyler, with the 2004 version in French with French singer Kareen Antonn on Tyler's album Simply Believe and the 2005 version on Tyler's album Wings. Although the 2005 version did not receive chart success as it was not released as a single, the 2004 version reached #12 in France on the week of release.
Juice Newton's version of "It's A Heartache" was released on select foreign editions of her "Come to Me" album. When released as a single in Mexico in 1977, the song garnered a gold record. Newton's version was released in the United States the following year and peaked at #86.