It’s a Heartache

Released November 1977
Genre Rock, country rock, soft rock
Length 3:31
Writer(s) Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe
Producer(s) David Mackay

“It’s a Heartache” is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for her second studio album, Natural Force (1978). The song was recorded in the same year by Juice Newton as a standalone single. It was written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, Tyler’s at-the-time managers, and produced by David Mackay.

Tyler’s version received positive reviews from music critics. The song reached number three in the United States and number four in the United Kingdom. With physical sales in excess of 6 million copies, Tyler’s version is one of the best-selling singles of all time.[1] Tyler has re-recorded the song several times, most notably as a bilingual duet with French singer Kareen Antonn in 2004.

Juice Newton’s version of “It’s A Heartache” was released on select foreign editions of her Come to Me album. When released as a single in Mexico in 1977, the song garnered a gold record. Newton’s version was released in the United States the following year and peaked at number 86.