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Song Author: Hank Williams
Year Recorded: 1952
Your Cheatin' Heart

Single by Hank Williams
Released 1953
Recorded 1952

"Your Cheatin' Heart" is a song written and recorded by the American country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams in 1952, but released after his death in 1953.

It is often considered one of his greatest songs, and one of the great songs of country music.

The song is a slow blues ballad, telling an unfaithful lover of the guilt that she will feel for cheating on the singer.

The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Jones; she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him in the passenger seat.

Williams collaborated with Nashville songwriter Fred Rose to produce the song's final draft before recording the song in his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952.

It was released the following year, shortly after he died, by MGM Records as catalog number 11416[2] and occupied the No. 1 slot in the US country music chart for six weeks.

Rolling Stone ranked it #213 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.