Hank Williams

Your Cheatin' Heart

Composed by Hank Williams

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If country singing legend Hank Williams has a signature tune out of his massive catalog of hits, "Your Cheatin' Heart" has to be it. It became the title of the film made about his life (starring George Hamilton, in one of the more bizarre castings in Hollywood history) and in many ways is the unofficial anthem of country music. Whenever anyone wants "to go country," they'll usually plunder the vast Williams catalog and "Your Cheatin' Heart" is one of the first tunes on their list for recycling, the song making perfect fodder for reinterpretation for everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Teresa Brewer. The ultimate mournful country ballad, its whiny steel guitar intro all by itself epitomizes country when the music was still described as "hillbilly" before Williams even sings a note. Williams' vocal is filled with regret and recrimination, coming from the bleakest of feelings, absolutely brimming over with despair. When disparagers of old-time country refer to it as "cry in your beer music," this performance is exactly what they're talking about.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1952 Doxy Records 2:44
No Image 1955 MGM
Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 1961 Polydor
No Image 1963 Polygram
No Image 1965 MGM
No Image 1966 MGM
No Image 1970 MGM 2:38
No Image 1973 MGM
No Image 1976 Columbia
40 Greatest Hits 1978 Polydor / Mercury 2:43
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Pickwick
No Image 1985 The Country Music Foundation
I Won't Be Home No More: June 1952 - September 1952, Vol. 8 1987 Polydor
The Collector's Edition 1987 Madacy 2:41
21 Country, Rock & Love Songs of the 50's & 60's, Vol. 1 1989
Various Artists
Laurie 2:41
No Image 1990 Polydor
Rare Demos: First to Last 1990 The Country Music Foundation 2:33
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:41
The Original Singles Collection...Plus 1992 Mercury 2:41
Country Music Classics, Vol. 15 (1950-55) 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:46
Country Shots: Two Timing Tunes 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:44
The 101 Greatest Country Hits [Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:41
The  Hits, Vol. 2 1995 Mercury 2:41
The Academy of Country Music's 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 6: Timeless Country 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
The Best of Hank Williams [Spectrum] 1998 Spectrum Music 2:43
The Complete Hank Williams 1998 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 2:33
21 Country, Rock & Love Songs of the 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Laurie 2:44
Classic Country: Neon Memories 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Classic Country: Golden 50's [1999] [1 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
Classic Country: 1950-1959 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
History of Country Music: Country Love Classics 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
Country Mix Series: Country Greats 2001
Various Artists
Mastersong
Classic Country [Direct Source] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:45
Cheating Hearts 2002 404 Music Group 2:44
Ultimate Collection [Mercury/UTV] 2002 UTV / Mercury 2:43
Ultimate Power of Country Love 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
No Image 2002 Universal Distribution 2:41
400 Country Greats 2003
Various Artists
The International Music Co.
The Ultimate Collection [Prism] 2003 Prism Entertainment
Golden Greats 2003 Disky Golden Greats 2:43
The Very Best of Country [Nascente] 2004
Various Artists
Nascente
Elvis Inspiration 2004
Various Artists
Boulevard Vintage 2:42
Country Singer 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:47
You Done Me Wrong: Vintage Country Cheating Songs 1929-1952 2004
Various Artists
Buzzola
Hank Williams [2004] 2004 Kala International 2:42
Classic Country: Honky Tonk Heroes 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
His Best Recordings, Vol. 2: 1949-1953 2004 Blue Moon 2:42
Back Street Affair: Country Cheatin' Songs 2005
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 2:43
Classic Country: Kings of Country 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Just Call Me Hank 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
Your Cheatin' Heart [Double Pleasure] 2005 Double Pleasure 2:42
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 2005 Dynamic / Dynamic (Emp520) 2:43
The Hillbilly Shakespeare 2005 Primo Records 2:41
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
The Very Best of Hank Williams [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 2:43
The Best of Country [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications 2:42
The Complete Collection 2005 Spectrum Music
The Hank Williams Story [Hallmark] 2005 Hallmark Recordings 2:45
No Image 2005 Mercury Nashville 2:42
The Initial Music Collection 2005 Direct Source 2:47
Settin' the Woods on Fire 2005 Snapper 2:43
Classic Country Somebody Done Me Wrong Songs 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
Hank Williams [Direct Source 2 CD] 2005 Direct Source 2:45
Classic Country Hits: Your Cheatin' Heart 2005 Essential Gold 2:43
Ultimate 16: Country Legends 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection 2005 Mercury Nashville 2:42
King of Hillbilly 2005 Membran
Greatest Country Music Collection Ever 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:40
20th Century Masters: Classic Country, Vol. 3 [Universal International] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:42
Country Classics [Ground Floor] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 2:42
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, Vol. 2 2006 MCA Nashville / Mercury 2:42
Best of Hank Williams [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:43
18 Greatest 2006 Direct Source 2:44
Oldies But Goldies [Documents] 2006
Various Artists
Document 2:05
Country Music Legends 2006 Castle Pulse 2:44
The Hank Williams Story [Synergy Ent] 2006 Synergy Distribution 2:49
Collected 2006 Deluxe 2:42
Cheating Hearts 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:43
Lifetime of Country Romance: Sweet Dreams 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Country Hit Parade 2007 Direct Source 2:43
Country's Greatest Hits [Not Now 2CD] 2007
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:43
Hey, Good Lookin [Dynamic Entertainment] 2007 Dynamic 2:42
Pioneers of Country 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
Hank Williams: Platinum Artist Series 2007 St. Clair 2:42
Lifetime of Country Romance Collection 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Pure 2007 Direct Source 2:43
Hank Williams [St. Clair] 2007 St. Clair 2:43
No Image 2007 V & H Holdings 2:45
The Sound of the 50s: America 2008
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:43
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / WG Productions
Country [Intro Collection] 2008
Various Artists
The Intro Collection 2:44
Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century 2008
Various Artists
New Haven / Provident Music 2:44
Honky Tonk Man 2008 Universal Distribution 2:41
Simply Country Greats 2008
Various Artists
Simply 2:42
No Image 2008 BD Jazz 2:43
The Intro Collection: Country 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:44
Country Hit Parade 1953 2009
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:43
Definitive Americana 2009
Various Artists
Not Now Music
100% Country 2009
Various Artists
100 Percent / 100% / Union Square Music
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1953 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:43
Icon 2011 Mercury Nashville 2:42
101 Country Hits [DLG Digital] 2011
Various Artists
DLG Digital 2:45
Heroes of the Big Country: Hank Williams 2012 DLG Digital 2:47
Simply Country [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Simply 2:44
No Image 2014 K-Tel 2:43
Icon 2 2014 Mercury Nashville 2:42
50 Country Number Ones [Not Now] 2016
Various Artists
Not Now Music
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1945-1955 2016 Acrobat 2:43
50 Country Classics
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:43
A Legendary Collection Mercury Nashville
No Image
Various Artists
V & H Holdings 2:45
Classic Country Jukebox
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:42
Country & Western Hits
Various Artists
Membran 2:42
Country & Western: Greatest Love Songs
Various Artists
Documents
No Image
Various Artists
Sound and Vision 2:42
Country Love Songs: 60 Heartfelt Classics
Various Artists
Metro / Metro Tins
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
10Ten Media / Zebralution 2:39
Greatest Hits Country Roads / ZYX / ZYX Music 2:43
Hank Williams, Vol. 3 Documents 2:42
Hank Williams: The Vintage Collection Roastin 2:41
No Image
Various Artists
Drive (import)
My Kind of Music: Country Gold
Various Artists
USM Media
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 10
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:40
Roots of Country, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Play 24-7 2:43
Simply Hank Williams Simply / Union Square Music 2:43
Six More Miles to the Graveyard Doxy Records
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
The  Original Sound of Country 1953
Various Artists
Ideal 2:45
The Immortal Hank Williams [Polydor CD Japan] Polydor
The Stars of Country Music
Various Artists
Documents
The World of Hank Williams Music & Melody 2:43
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:43
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