Rolling Stone Names Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ the Third-Worst Song of the ’90s
If you sat down and made a list of the things the internet loves, “lists” and “snark” would have to end up somewhere near the top — so you can hardly blame Rolling Stone for loading up on both with a recent feature dubbed ‘The Worst Songs of the ’90s.’
Country fans can take pride in their genre, which emerged from the countdown relatively unscathed, albeit with one significant, and hardly surprising, exception.
Billy Ray Cyrus‘ massive 1992 hit, ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ was the only country song to break the top 10 on the list, coming in below Los Del Rio’s enduring wedding-reception anthem ‘The Macarena’ at number two and Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ at number one.
It can’t make Cyrus happy to have his work lumped in with songs like ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ and ‘I’m Too Sexy,’ but he can take solace in the knowledge that his post-mullet years have been pretty successful. He’s recorded consistently since scoring his breakout hit — and he’s no one-hit wonder, either, having logged three top 40 hits in the last decade alone.
Cyrus’ most recent album, ‘I’m American,’ was released by the Disney imprint Buena Vista Records in June. It peaked at number 24 on the country charts.