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"Un-Break My Heart"
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album Secrets
Released October 21, 1996 (UK)
November 12, 1996 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop
Length 4:32
Label LaFace
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer David Foster
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"You're Makin' Me High"/"Let It Flow"
"Un-Break My Heart"
"I Don't Want To"/"I Love Me Some Him"

"Un-Break My Heart" is the second single from Toni Braxton's second studio album, Secrets (1996). The ballad was written by music impresario Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. The song ranked at number ten on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs[1] and number three on the Top Billboard Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[2]


Song information

The song became Braxton's second consecutive number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed at number one for eleven weeks in a row during late 1996 and early 1997, becoming Braxton's biggest hit to date. It also rose to number two on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Background vocals were performed by R&B singer Shanice Wilson. In the United Kingdom, the single was held off the number-one spot by the charity band Dunblane's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"/"Throw These Guns Away", who were raising money in the light of the Dunblane massacre. After falling before peaking again at number two it was held off by the Spice Girls' "2 Become 1". In total "Un-Break My Heart" spent twelve weeks inside the UK top ten.

Music video

The music video was directed by Billie Woodruff[3] and featured Braxton mourning the death of her lover, played by model Tyson Beckford.[4]


Several remixes were created; one of which was Hex Hector's and Soul Solution's Club Mix, which reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Play in the first quarter of 1997.[5]. The remix by Frankie Knuckles was also very popular in clubs in the UK and was also the version played on BBC Radio 1 and various Commercial Radio Station's A-List at the time.


The song was recorded by Braxton in Spanish as "Regresa a Mi" (translating into "Come Back to Me"). "Regresa a Mi" was first released as an additional track to the 1996 single release of "Un-Break My Heart". Il Divo (with whom Braxton would later record the duet "The Time of Our Lives") also covered this version in 2004 for their self-titled debut album Il Divo. Mexican singer Yuridia, known for her Spanish-language versions of famous English-language ballads, also included a version of the song on her album Habla El Corazón. A cover version in Russian was also recorded in 1998 by pop singer Alla Gorbacheva, called "Сердце не плачь" (transliteration: "Serdtse ne plach"; translation: "Heart, Don't Cry"). Others have covered this, including Johnny Mathis. Alexander O'Neal covered the song on his 2008 album, Alex Loves. A Hungarian version was recorded by Viktória Pintácsi, called "Széttört egy szív" ("A Heart Has Been Broken"). Filipino singer Nina also recorded her own version of the song for her 2008 album Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren. British band Serpentine also recorded a hard rock version.


Braxton won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1997. She also won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in the same year for the song "You're Makin' Me High".

In a 2006 poll for Channel Five's program "Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs", "Un-Break My Heart" was voted twenty-seventh.

The song also appeared as one of the official songs for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany on the Voices from the FIFA World Cup album.

Track listings

CD 1
  1. "Un-Break My Heart" – 4:30
  2. "Regresa a Mi" (Spanish Version) – 4:32
CD 2
  1. "Un-Break My Heart" (Album Version) – 4:29
  2. "Un-Break My Heart" (Soul-Hex Anthem Vocal) – 9:36
  3. "Un-Break My Heart" (Classic Radio Mix) – 4:29
  4. "Un-Break My Heart" (Album Instrumental) – 4:26
  1. "Un-Break My Heart" (Album Version) – 4:29
  2. "Un-Break My Heart" (Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix) – 4:29
  3. "Un-Break My Heart" (Frankie Knuckles Franktidrama Mix) – 8:38
  4. "Un-Break My Heart" (Soul-Hex Anthem Vocal) – 9:36
  5. "Un-Break My Heart" (Soul-Hex No Sleep Beats) – 3:56


Chart (1996) Peak
Dutch Top 40[6] 2
Irish Singles Chart[7] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 1
UK Singles Chart[9] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[10] 1
Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[8] 6
Austrian Singles Chart[8] 1
Chart (1997) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[8] 2
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[8] 1
Canadian Singles Chart[10] 2
European Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart[8] 5
French Singles Chart[8] 8
German Singles Chart[11] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 18
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 1


Country Certifier Certification Sales
Australia ARIA Platinum[12] 70,000
Austria IFPI Gold[13] 15,000
France SNEP Gold[14] 161,000[15]
Germany IFPI Platinum[16] 500,000
Netherlands NVPI Platinum[17] 50,000
Norway IFPI 2× platinum[18] 20,000
Sweden Platinum[19] 20,000
Switzerland Gold[20] 25,000
United Kingdom BPI Platinum[21] 600,000
United States RIAA Platinum[22] 1,000,000

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"No Diggity" by BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 7, 1996 – February 15, 1997
Succeeded by
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls
Preceded by
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
"Breathe" by The Prodigy
"Barrel of a Gun" by Depeche Mode
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
December 20, 1996 (first run)
January 17, 1997 – February 7, 1997 (second run)
February 21, 1997 (third run)
Succeeded by
"Breathe" by The Prodigy
"Barrel of a Gun" by Depeche Mode
"Vänner" by Together
Preceded by
"Sugar Is Sweeter" by C. J. Bolland
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
December 21, 1996 – January 11, 1997
Succeeded by
"No One Can Love You More Than Me" by Hannah Jones
Preceded by
"Verpiss' Dich" by Tic Tac Toe
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
January 5, 1997 – January 12, 1997
Succeeded by
"Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)" by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
Preceded by
"Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by Backstreet Boys
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
January 19, 1997
Preceded by
"One and One" by Robert Miles featuring Maria Nayler
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
January 25, 1997 – February 1, 1997
Succeeded by
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Freed from Desire" by Gala
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) number-one single
February 15, 1997 – March 15, 1997
Succeeded by
"Let a Boy Cry" by Gala


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  2. ^ Top Billboard Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
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