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Country - Released January 1, 1997 | Island Def Jam

Billy Ray Cyrus recorded only four albums before releasing The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus, which indicates his status as a one-hit wonder. "Achy Breaky Heart" was the hit that made his career, but it also ruined it, since its jokey refrain and his good looks meant that no one took him seriously. There's not much evidence on The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus that those critics were wrong, but there are more enjoyable songs here than you might expect, especially since it whittles all four albums down to just the highlights. For every casual fan, this is the one Cyrus disc they'll want to own, even if Some Gave All functions fairly well as an album itself. ~ Thom Owens
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Country - Released January 1, 1993 | UME Special Products (PG Admin)

Cyrus's followup to his smash debut, Some Gave All, offers more of the same -- country injected with a healthy dose of rock & roll. It won't win him any new fans, but those who loved Some Gave All will enjoy It Won't Be the Last. ~ All Music Guide
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Country - Released January 1, 2011 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released January 1, 2008 | Mercury Nashville

Isn't it awesome to have a Billy Ray Cyrus compilation without "Achy Breaky Heart" on it? Yes, and no. Yes, because some listeners need to hear that song again and again as long as they live, and no, because this collection of love songs doesn't really do much for the re-born Cyrus' reputation as a singer. There are good single titles here, like "She's Not Cryin' Anymore," which was actually the very best song on Some Gave All, the album that contained the aforementioned abomination. Other tracks such as "I Am Here Now," from Trail of Tears, and the title cut off It Won't Be the Last, also work quite well. The reason? Cyrus co-wrote these songs; he wasn't interpreting them. There's real heart in his performances. Some of the others included here, "Only God Could Stop Me Loving You," from Storm in the Heartland, and "Missing You," from "Shot Full of Love," are saccharine and flat. Lifeless. This may indeed be a production problem because Cyrus is capable of belting them when he wants to, with real soul as well as power. But three excellent songs a love song collection does not make. ~ Thom Jurek
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Country - Released January 1, 2004 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released January 1, 2011 | Buena Vista Records

Billy Ray Cyrus has a nice habit of telling us what an album is all about through its title. He found himself Home at Last in 2007, went Back to Tennessee in 2009, and now in 2011, he’s declaring I’m American and offering proof via seven new patriotic songs, plus a cover of his early “Some Gave All” with assistance by Darryl Worley, Jamey Johnson, and Craig Morgan. For Cyrus, sounding American means sounding like a ruminative, mumbling Bruce Springsteen, so Billy Ray muscularly strums his guitar while rhapsodizing about the downtrodden working class. It may ape the Boss, but I’m American is relaxed in a way Home at Last never was; Cyrus may be baldly imitating Springsteen, but there’s sincerity here, both in what Billy Ray is singing and how he’s singing about it, which makes this piece of heartland patriotism considerably more engaging than his last few attempts to make country-pop that appeals to everybody. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released April 26, 2019 | Broken Bow Records

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Country - Released October 16, 2000 | Monument

Hooking up with Dixie Chicks producer Blake Chancey and with producer Dann Huff, Billy Ray Cyrus made a label debut that showed off his country-rock abilities well. The single, "You Won't Be Lonely Now," which was rising in the country Top 40 and the pop charts at the time of the album's release, properly displayed the artist's sense of determination against adversity, cloaked in the terms of a love song. Similarly, the title song (co-written by Cyrus), which followed on the album, spoke of perseverance despite lean times. The rest of the record was more varied, including heartfelt ballads ("I Will," "Everywhere I Wanna Be") and up-tempo novelties ("Burn Down the Trailer Park," "Hey Elvis"), but the point had been made. Chancey and Huff helped Cyrus pick material that suited his country-rock style. "Southern Rain," for example, sounded like Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" as it might sound played by Lynyrd Skynyrd, while "Love You Back" recalled Little Feat's "Willin'." The result was a sturdy collection of average country songs effectively performed by a minor country talent. All of which was fine, unless you were hoping for an album that measured up to Cyrus' early sales figures, which, of course, Monument was. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Country - Released January 1, 2003 | Mercury Nashville

To some, Billy Ray Cyrus is merely a one-hit wonder, scoring nothing of note after "Achy Breaky Heart" ruled the airwaves. That, of course, is not true, and he continued to have hits throughout the '90s -- nothing as big as "Achy Breaky Heart," to be sure, but he had 14 other charting country singles that decade before leaving Mercury. His installment of 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection doesn't have all those hits, but neither did the previous Cyrus collection, 1997's The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus: Cover to Cover. In fact, even though this has only ten songs compared to that collection's 12, this has more hits. Every track here was a hit, and there's not a major tune missing, which makes this a far better bargain than the previous Cyrus collection, and one that's not likely to be bettered anytime soon. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released April 26, 2019 | Broken Bow Records

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Country - Released May 24, 2019 | Broken Bow Records

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Country - Released May 17, 2019 | Broken Bow Records

Country - Released January 1, 1998 | MCA Nashville

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Country - Released May 10, 2019 | Broken Bow Records

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Country - Released January 1, 1994 | Island Def Jam

Although it didn't win him any new fans, Storm in the Heartland delivered what Billy Ray Cyrus' fans wanted to hear -- good-humored rockers and powerful ballads. In fact, it was a stronger, more assured effort than It Won't Be the Last, offering a catchier batch of songs, even though it doesn't have the goofy charm of Some Gave All. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released January 1, 2011 | Mercury Nashville

The titles in the budget-priced Icon series issued by Universal Music Group are meant to be representative examples of individual artist or group careers packaged as no-frills collections for those seeking compilations that are, if not definitive, at least representative. Despite the fact that the Billy Ray Cyrus volume is culled (mostly) from three albums does appear to succeed in providing that sample. Five of the dozen cuts here are taken from his debut offering, Some Gave All from 1992, including the smash "Achy Breaky Heart" and subsequent singles from that album, including the title track and "She's Not Cryin' Anymore." The single "In the Heart of a Woman" and "Words by Heart" are collected from 1993's It Won't Be the Last, and the remainder are from 1996's Trail of Tears, including his cover of "Harper Valley P.T.A." and the album cuts "Three Little Words" and "Truth Is I Lied." ~ Thom Jurek