Somebody's Heartbreak

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"Somebody's Heartbreak"
Single by Hunter Hayes
from the album Hunter Hayes
Released October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Country pop
Length 3:49 (album version)
Label Atlantic
Hunter Hayes singles chronology
"Somebody's Heartbreak"
"I Want Crazy"

"Somebody's Heartbreak"
"I Want Crazy"

"Somebody's Heartbreak" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Hunter Hayes. It was released in October 2012 as the third single from his debut studio album, Hunter Hayes. Hayes co-wrote the song with Andrew Dorff and Luke Laird.[1] "Somebody's Heartbreak" is about an aspiring lover being invited to break this person's heart.

The song garnered positive reviews from critics who praised the production and lyrics being upbeat and witty. "Somebody's Heartbreak" peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, giving Hayes his second number-one country hit overall. The song also charted at numbers 7 and 54 on both the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. The song was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and has sold 761,000 copies in the United States as of May 2013. The song received similar chart success in Canada, peaking at number 5 on the Country chart and number 66 on the Canadian Hot 100.

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Joel Stewart, features footage from his concert in the Rogers Arena and from autograph signings.


The song is an invitation to an aspiring lover, telling her that "if you're gonna be somebody's heartbreak, be mine." The song is in 4/4 time signature and the key of B-flat major, with a main chord pattern of Bmaj9-Emaj9 and an approximate tempo of 76 beats per minute.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, writing that it "combines the pop sensibility of 'Storm Warning' with the passion and power of 'Wanted.'"[3] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review, saying that it "features some groovy guitar, mandolins and a soulful vocal from Hunter that finds him singing a lyrical pick-up line that is cleverly written."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Joel Stewart and premiered in December 2012.[5] It featured clips from his concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and from autograph signings.

Chart performance[edit]

"Somebody's Heartbreak" debuted at number 48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 3, 2012.[6]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 66
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 54
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 7
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 24
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 28

Radio dates and release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States October 22, 2012 Country radio


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 761,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Wilbur, Sam (November 12, 2012). "Hunter Hayes, 'Somebody's Heartbreak' -- New Song". AOL Radio. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "'Somebody's Heartbreak' sheet music". Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (October 9, 2012). "Hunter Hayes, 'Somebody's Heartbreak' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 5, 2012). "The Weekly Single Recap: October 5, 2012". Roughstock. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hunter Hayes (Cajun) : Somebody's Heartbreak". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (October 27, 2012). "It's Jason Aldean All Over the Charts, With Taylor Swift Still Holding Top Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "Hunter Hayes Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Hunter Hayes Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Hunter Hayes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Hunter Hayes Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Hunter Hayes Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  13. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Hunter Hayes – Somebody%27s Heartbreak". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 1, 2013). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles: The Week of May 1 2013: George Jones Hits Chart; Darius and FGL Tops". Roughstock. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013.

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