Heartland (George Strait song)

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Single by George Strait
from the album Pure Country
B-side "Baby Your Baby"
Released January 4, 1993
Format CD Single, 7" single
Recorded April 28-29, 1992, Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Genre Country
Length 2:16
Label MCA 54563
Writer(s) Steve Dorff, John Bettis
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait singles chronology
"I Cross My Heart"
"When Did You Stop Loving Me"

"Heartland" is a song written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in January 1993 as the second single from his soundtrack album Pure Country. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.[2]


The song is an uptempo, in which the narrator sings about the heartland of America – the place that feels like home especially for country music.

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the single, which combines a live performance of the song and short clips from the movie.


Per the liner notes of Strait's 1995 box set Strait Out of the Box. All parts were recorded on April 28, 1992, except for the electric guitar, which was recorded one day later.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 73 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated January 2, 1993. It spent 20 weeks on that chart, and reached Number One on the chart dated March 20, 1993.


Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 48
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 51
Preceded by
"What Part of No"
by Lorrie Morgan
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 20, 1993
Succeeded by
"When My Ship Comes In"
by Clint Black
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 3, 1993


  1. ^ a b Strait Out of the Box (Box set booklet). George Strait. MCA Nashville. 1995. MCAD4-11263. 
  2. ^ Billboard, March 20, 1993
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7098." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 3, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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