The Way We Make a Broken Heart

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"The Way We Make a Broken Heart"
Single by Rosanne Cash
from the album King's Record Shop
B-side "707"
Released June 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) John Hiatt
Producer(s) Rodney Crowell
Rosanne Cash singles chronology
"Second to No One"
"The Way We Make a Broken Heart"
"Tennessee Flat Top Box"

"The Way We Make a Broken Heart" is a song written by John Hiatt. It was recorded by Ry Cooder in 1980 on his album Borderline. "The Way We Make a Broken Heart" was covered by both John Hiatt and Rosanne Cash in 1983 as a duet. The single was produced by Scott Mathews and Ron Nagle, however, Geffen Records did not release the single. Willy DeVille performed this song twice in Berlin 2002; once in an unplugged version and once with his electric band. This is documented on his 2002 album Live in Berlin.

1987 recording[edit]

  • Rosanne Cash re-recorded the song in 1987 and it went all the way to number one on the US country charts where it became her sixth single to go to number one.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 77. 
Preceded by
"You Again"
by The Forester Sisters
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

October 10, 1987
Succeeded by
"Fishin' in the Dark"
by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Preceded by
"Three Time Loser"
by Dan Seals
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 10, 1987