Hank Williams

Your Cheatin' Heart

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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 1955 MGM
Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 1961 Polydor / Polygram 2:38
No Image 1963 Polygram
Your Cheatin' Heart: Hank Williams' Life Story 1964 Sony Music Distribution 2:10
No Image 1965 MGM
No Image 1966 MGM
No Image 1970 MGM
No Image 1970 MGM 2:38
No Image 1970 MGM 2:38
No Image 1973 MGM
24 Greatest Hits 1976 Mercury 2:41
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 Mercury Nashville / Universal 2:42
No Image 1987 Pair
21 Country, Rock & Love Songs of the 50's & 60's, Vol. 1 1989
Various Artists
Laurie 2:44
20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 1990 Chronicles / PolyGram 2:41
No Image 1990 Polydor 0:00
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
Hank Williams Songbook 1996 K-Tel Distribution 2:46
Commemorative Collection [Box] 1997 Valley Entertainment 13:02
The Academy of Country Music's 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 6: Timeless Country 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
The Complete Hank Williams 1998 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 2:40
Classic Country [Time-Life Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
Classic Country: Neon Memories 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
Classic Country: 1950-1964 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:44
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
The Essential Hank Williams Jnr 2001 Spectrum Music / PolyGram
Cheating Hearts 2002 404 Music Group 2:44
Ultimate Collection [Mercury/UTV] 2002 Mercury 2:42
Ultimate Power of Country Love 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
Golden Greats 2003 Disky Golden Greats 2:43
Classic Country 2004 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
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 2:42
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
Hank Williams [Direct Source 3 CD] 2005 Direct Source 2:45
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 2005 Dynamic / Dynamic (Emp520) 2:43
The Hillbilly Shakespeare 2005 American Legends 0:00
The Very Best of Hank Williams [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 2:43
Gold 2005 Mercury Nashville 2:42
Settin' the Woods on Fire 2005 Recall (UK) 2:43
Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection 2005 Mercury Nashville 2:42
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, Vol. 2 2006 MCA Nashville / Mercury 2:42
Collected 2006 Deluxe 2:42
Lifetime of Country Romance Collection 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
No Image 2008 Nocturne Records
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1953 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 0:00
Bob Dylan Cover to Cover: The Originals 2010
Various Artists
Mischief / Music Melon 2:32
Best Of 2011 Mercury / Mercury Nashville 2:38
Icon 2011 Mercury Nashville 2:42
Simply Country [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Simply 2:44
Icon 2 2014 Mercury Nashville 2:42
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1947-55 2016 Acrobat Music 2:43
20 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2:41
A Legendary Collection Mercury Nashville 0:00
George Harrison's Jukebox: The Music That Inspired the Man Chrome Dreams 2:43
Greatest Hits Country Roads / ZYX / ZYX Music 2:43
No Image
Various Artists
Drive (import)