The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (song)

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"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album Read My Mind
B-side "Read My Mind"
Released February 18, 1995
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:50
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Mark D. Sanders, Kim Williams, Ed Hill[1]
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Till You Love Me"
"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
"And Still"

"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" is a song written by Mark D. Sanders, Kim Williams and Ed Hill, and recorded by American country music artist Reba McEntire. It was released in February 1995 as the fourth single from the album Read My Mind. The song became a Number One on both the U.S. and Canadian country singles charts that year.

The song debuted at #58 for the week of February 18, 1995 and peaked at #1 for the week of April 15, 1995.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 38
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 21
Preceded by
"Thinkin' About You" by Trisha Yearwood
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
April 15, 1995
Succeeded by
"I Can Love You Like That" by John Michael Montgomery
Preceded by
"What Else Can I Do" by Patricia Conroy
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
April 24, 1995
Succeeded by
"So Help Me Girl" by Joe Diffie


  1. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. "Read My Mind". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9140." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 24, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Reba McEntire – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Reba McEntire.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.