For My Broken Heart (song)

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"For My Broken Heart"
Reba - For My Broken Heart single.png
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album For My Broken Heart
B-side "Bobby"
Released September 30, 1991
Format CD single, cassette single
Genre Country
Length 4:18 (album version)
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Keith Palmer, Liz Hengber[1]
Producer(s) Tony Brown and Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Fallin' Out of Love"
"For My Broken Heart"
"Is There Life Out There"
"Fallin' Out of Love"
"For My Broken Heart"
"Is There Life Out There"

"For My Broken Heart" is a song written by Keith Palmer and Liz Hengber, and recorded by American country music singer Reba McEntire. It was released in September 1991 as the first single and title track from her album For My Broken Heart. The song was a Number One hit for her, topping the country singles charts in both the U.S. and Canada.


"For My Broken Heart" chronicles a failed relationship. In the first verse, the male is packing up his belongings and then leaving. After falling asleep on the couch, she reluctantly wakes up and, despite being "so sure life wouldn't go on" without him, she says "I guess the world didn't stop for my broken heart."[2] The song's radio edit omits a string section prelude.

McEntire originally planned to record the song as a duet with Clint Black, but he was unavailable at the time.[3]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video shows three different women who lip-sync the song along with her: a younger woman, a middle-aged one, and an elderly one.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

"For My Broken Heart" debuted at number 64 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts dated for October 12, 1991.[4] It peaked at number 1 on the chart dated for December 7, 1991 and held the position for two weeks. The song was also a Number One country hit in Canada, holding that position on the RPM Country Tracks chart dated for December 21.

Chart (1991–1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 88
Preceded by
"Forever Together" by Randy Travis
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
December 7-December 14, 1991
Succeeded by
"My Next Broken Heart" by Brooks & Dunn
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
December 21, 1991
Succeeded by
"Love, Me" by Collin Raye


  1. ^ Mansfield, Brian. "For My Broken Heart review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b Ellison, Curtis W. (1995). Country Music Culture. University Press of Mississippi. pp. 208–209. ISBN 0-87805-722-6. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ McEntire, Reba; Carter, Tom (October 1, 1995). Reba: My Story. Bantam. p. 260. 
  4. ^ "Search results, "For My Broken Heart"". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-05-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1701." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Reba McEntire Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.