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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]
ReleasedNovember 4, 2002
LabelUniversal 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"
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. It was released in November 2002 as the second single from Nichols' 2002 album Man with a Memory. The song became Nichols' first number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and earned him his second consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The song also was later covered by Johnny Rodriguez on his 2011 album Live from Texas.

Critical reception[edit]

Wade Jessen of Billboard called the song a "beer-can-crushing, honky-tonk lament of lost love."[2]

Music video[edit]

The video starts out with Nichols drinking at a rotating bar in the city, and talking to his friends. They watch a singer sing live on stage. The subplot is that his girlfriend rides off with another man in an Eldorado convertible; in contrast to the lyrics calling the car a "Coupe de Ville," which ends up breaking down, much to her dismay. The new boyfriend just shrugs his shoulders as if nothing is wrong. Several of the bar patrons sitting with Nichols as well as the bartender are seen mouthing the final words of each line of the first chorus.

In the second verse, when the singer is done on stage, Nichols takes the stage and sings the final verse and two choruses with his band, before returning to the bar and having a drink, to which he toasts with his buddies before taking a sip and giving a blunt face by not liking the taste. The video was filmed in downtown Nashville, Tennessee and the outside shots of the car were filmed near the Bridgestone Arena. The video was directed by Trey Fanjoy.

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[3] 27
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 8


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 299. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Billboard, March 29, 2003
  3. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.

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