Could've Been Me

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"Could've Been Me"
Billy Ray Cyrus - Couldve been me.jpg
Single by Billy Ray Cyrus
from the album Some Gave All
B-side "I'm So Miserable"
Released July 13, 1992
Format Cassette and CD
Recorded 1992
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Reed Nielsen
Monty Powell
Producer(s) Joe Scaife, Jim Cotton
Billy Ray Cyrus singles chronology
"Achy Breaky Heart"
"Could've Been Me"
"Wher'm I Gonna Live?"
"Achy Breaky Heart"
"Could've Been Me"
"Wher'm I Gonna Live?"

"Could've Been Me" is a song written by Reed Nielsen and Monty Powell, and performed by American country music artist Billy Ray Cyrus. It was released in July 1992 as the second single from his multi-platinum selling debut album, Some Gave All. The song reached number 2 on the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, behind "Love's Got a Hold on You" by Alan Jackson and it also reached number-one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was the follow-up to the number 1 song, "Achy Breaky Heart".


The song is a moderate up-tempo in which the narrator hears from a friend that his ex-lover had gotten married. He calls and tells her that he finally realized it "could've been [him]" that she married.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "flair of Springsteen-ish style." She states to "look for the multiformat ball to keep on rolling."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marc Ball and Kitty Moon, and premiered in mid-1992, that song would be used on a 1992 Austin City Limits Season 17 episode Albert Collins followed by Danny Gatton when the song was played during the closing credits instead of the theme song London Homesick Blues.

Chart performance[edit]

"Could've Been Me" debuted at number 65 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 4, 1992.

Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 43
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 72
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 72
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 45
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[10] 24
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 30
Preceded by
"I Still Believe in You"
by Vince Gill
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 3, 1992
Succeeded by
"One Time Around"
by Michelle Wright


  1. ^ Billboard, July 4, 1992
  2. ^ " – Billy Ray Cyrus – Could've Been Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1950." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 3, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1890." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 31, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Billy Ray Cyrus search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 19921010" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Billy Ray Cyrus. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Adult Songs 1961-2006. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-169-1. 
  9. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Billy Ray Cyrus. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  10. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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