“My Next Broken Heart”
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Kix Brooks, Don Cook, and Ronnie Dunn
#1 (2 weeks)
December 21 – December 28, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
December 13, 1991
This broken heart’s got a hell of a beat.
The Road to No. 1
Brooks & Dunn topped the chart with their debut single as a duo, “Brand New Man.” Arista took no chances with its follow-up, written by the same songwriting team and featuring the same driving country sound as their first chart-topper.
The No. 1
“My Next Broken Heart” might have a similar title to the song it replaced at the top of the Billboard chart, but this is no heartbroken ballad.
Dunn turns in a fierce and self-deprecating performance as he laments that he’s about to get his heart broken again, and he’s going to love every minute of it.
It’s cleverly written, with this couplet being particularly sharp: “I thought all along you’d be the death of me. But I found one tonight who wants what’s left of me.”
Brand New Man produced one classic after another. This one might be the least remembered of its five singles, and it certainly is the least remembered of the four No. 1s.
That’s a good thing if you’re reading this, because revisiting it is a joyous experience that hasn’t been dulled down from heavy recurrent airplay over three decades.
The Road From No. 1
Next up from Brooks & Dunn is their first hit ballad, and it’s a doozy. We’ll get to it in 1992.
“My Next Broken Heart” gets an A.