Some Gave All is the debut album by American country music musician Billy Ray Cyrus. It was his first album for Mercury Records in 1992, and it produced four hit singles on the Billboard country charts. The first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart", which topped the charts in several countries. In the US it was a five-week number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, as well as a top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia and was the best-selling single of 1992 in the same country.[5][6] Thanks to the video of the song, there was an explosion of line dancing into the mainstream, becoming a craze.[7][8][9][10] This song was originally recorded as "Don't Tell My Heart" by The Marcy Brothers on their 1991 self-titled album.

"Could've Been Me", "Wher'm I Gonna Live?" and "She's Not Cryin' Anymore" were also released as singles, peaking at numbers 2, 23, and 6, respectively, on the country charts. The title track also reached number 52 based on unsolicited airplay and Cyrus' cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" charted only outside the United States.


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Album success[edit]Edit

Overall, the album is his most successful album to date, which has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era.[11][12] It is the only album (from any genre) in the SoundScan era to log 17 consecutive weeks at number one and is also the top-ranking debut album by a country artist. It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks.[13] Some Gave All was also the first debut album to enter at the number 1 in the Billboard Country Albums chart.[14] The album has also sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo artist. Some Gave All was also the best-selling album of 1992 in the US with 4,832,000 copies.[15][16]

Track listing[edit]Edit

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Could've Been Me"   Monty PowellReed Nielsen 3:44
2. "Achy Breaky Heart"   Don von Tress 3:23
3. "She's Not Cryin' Anymore"   Billy Ray Cyrus, Buddy Cannon, Terry Shelton 3:25
4. "Wher'm I Gonna Live?"   B.R. Cyrus, Cindy Cyrus 3:29
5. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"   Lee Hazlewood 2:47
6. "Someday, Somewhere, Somehow"   B.R.Cyrus 3:47
7. "Never Thought I'd Fall in Love with You"   Jim McKnight, Mike Murphy 3:41
8. "Ain't No Good Goodbye"   Barton Stevens, B.R. Cyrus, Kevin White 3:22
9. "I'm So Miserable"   B.R. Cyrus, Corky Holbrook 3:59
10. "Some Gave All"   B.R. Cyrus, C. Cyrus 4:05

Chart performance[edit]Edit


Chart (1992/1993)




Australian ARIA Albums 1
Austrian Albums 32
Canadian RPM Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Country Albums 1
French SNEP Albums 33
German Media Control Albums 48
Netherlands Megachart Albums 58
New Zealand RIANZ Albums 2
Spanish AFYVE Albums 40
Swedish Fullprice Albums 42
Swiss Albums 34
U.K. Albums 9
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
Norwegian VG-lista Albums 5
Chart (1995)




U.S. Billboard Top Country Catalog Albums 5

End-of-decade charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[28] 23

Sales and certifications[edit]Edit

Country Certifications Certifications sales
Australia 3× Platinum[29] 210,000
Canada Diamond[30] 1,000,000
United Kingdom Gold[31] 100,000
United States 9× Platinum[32] 9,000,000


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales threshold)

US Country




CAN Country CAN














1992 "Achy Breaky Heart" 1 4 1 4 1 62 2 23 1 3
"Could've Been Me" 2 72 1 72 43 59 15 28 7 24
"Wher'm I Gonna Live?" 23 16
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 27 42 63
1993 "She's Not Cryin' Anymore" 6 70 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]Edit

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country


CAN Country
1992 "Some Gave All" 52 86



  • Co-producers: Joe Scaife, Jim Cotton
  • Assistant engineers: Grahame Snith, Clyde Carr
  • Mixing: Jim Cotton, Joe Scaife
  • Mastering: Hank Williams
  • Art direction: Virginia Team
  • Design: Jerry Joyner
  • Photography: Peter Nash
  • Make-up: Mary Beth Felts
  • Executive art direction: Kim Markovchick

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