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Joe Nichols -Brokenheartsville.jpg
Single by Joe Nichols
from the album Man with a Memory
B-side "Can't Hold a Halo to You"[1]
Released November 4, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label Universal South
Songwriter(s) Donny Kees
Blake Mevis
Randy Boudreaux
Clint Daniels
Producer(s) Brent Rowan
Joe Nichols singles chronology
"The Impossible"
"She Only Smokes When She Drinks"
"The Impossible"
"She Only Smokes When She Drinks"
Music video
"Brokenheartsville" on YouTube

"Brokenheartsville" is a song written by Donny Kees, Blake Mevis, Randy Boudreaux and Clint Daniels, and recorded by American country music singer Joe Nichols, released in November 2002 as the second single from his album Man with a Memory. It was Nichols' first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, as well as the first No. 1 for Universal South Records. It was covered by Johnny Rodriguez on his 2011 album Live from Texas.


The song deals with a man who has had his woman stolen from him and him drinking at a bar "down in Brokenheartsville."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Wade Jessen of Billboard called the song a "beer-can-crushing, honky-tonk lament of lost love."[3]

Music video[edit]

The video starts out with Nichols drinking at an official bar in the city, and talking to his friends. He was also watching a singer sing live on stage. This video was directed by Trey Fanjoy.

In the second verse, when the singer is done on stage, Nichols takes the stage and sings his song. The video was filmed in downtown Nashville, Tennessee and the outside shots of the car were filmed near the Bridgestone Arena.

Chart performance[edit]

"Brokenheartsville" debuted at No. 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of November 2, 2002. The song spent 31 weeks on the chart, reaching number one for the week ending March 29, 2003, where it remained at the top spot for one week.[1]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 27
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 8
Preceded by
"Travelin' Soldier"
by Dixie Chicks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 29, 2003
Succeeded by
"Have You Forgotten?"
by Darryl Worley


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 299. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Randall, Alice; Carter Little; Courtney Little (2006). My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 92. ISBN 1-59555-860-8. 
  3. ^ Billboard, March 29, 2003
  4. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 

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