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Some Gave All is Billy Ray Cyrus' debut studio album which was released on May 19, 1992 by Mercury Records.

The album contains his number-one hit song, "Achy Breaky Heart", spending five weeks on top of the country music charts & peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the song earned him Grammy Award nominations for "Record of the Year" & "Best Country Vocal Performance, Male."

Tracklisting[]

  1. Could've Been Me 3:44
  2. Achy Breaky Heart 3:23
  3. She's Not Cryin' Anymore 3:25
  4. Wher'm I Gonna Live? 3:29
  5. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' 2:47
  6. Someday, Somewhere, Somehow 3:47
  7. Never Thought I'd Fall In Love With You 3:41
  8. Ain't No Good Goodbye 3:22
  9. I'm So Miserable 3:59
  10. Some Gave All 4:05

Chart Performance[]

"Some Gave All" topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. It was certified 9x platinum by the RIAA, selling more than 20 million copies. It is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo artist & remains one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

As of April 2019 (according to Nielsen Music), the album has sold 7.5 million copies in the United States.

Critical Reception[]

Allmusic's Brian Mansfield wrote: "Some Gave All became the first debut album by a country artist to enter the pop charts at number one (it hit number one on the country charts as well). The album's sales were fueled by the breakout single "Achy Breaky Heart," which offered Southern-fried Rolling Stones rhythms and a goofy chorus with a hook so big it demanded a reaction. Not one to eschew the obvious, Cyrus pumped his songs full of as much rock & roll as the market would bear, so songs like "Could've Been Me" and "Never Thought I'd Fall in Love with You" appealed to young fans who had just discovered the possibilities (both musical and sexual) of country music."

However, Rolling Stone gave the album one-star, writing: "Some Gave All finds Cyrus at home with virtually all country idioms, but bursting with a pop sensibility that gives his music freer play."

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "D+", saying: "On his debut, Some Gave All, Cyrus and his workingman’s-bar band rock with both the rhythm of sex (the crossover hit ”Achy Breaky Heart”) and the rhythm of the job down at the auto plant."

Music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "C+", writing in his review: "With Cyrus oversinging like Michael Bolton at a Perot rally, this album revolted me well before I got to its climactic title cut, about how brave guys help their fellow man by killing other men, presumably not fellow and most likely gooks or something. Only it turns out Michael Bolton was on the same side as Michael Stipe, and it also turns out that Cyrus manages a nice macho self-mockery on both his hit and the likes of "Wher'm I Gonna Live?" and "I'm So Miserable." Give him a few years of ups and downs and he could be the 21st-century Waylon Jennings. Can't wait, can you?"

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