Bad Southern Gospel Songs – “Jesus Can Heal Your Achy Breaky Heart”

By  | February 24, 2012 | Filed under: Cheese Factor

Today I wanted to offer another new feature to the blog.  I try to highlight the best music Southern Gospel has offered over the course of its recording history.  The fact of the matter is not every song recorded in the history of this genre has been good.  There have been some bad and downright corny songs.  This new feature is in search of the corniest Southern Gospel song ever recorded.

This new feature is not a slam against the songwriter who wrote the song or a slam against the artist who recorded it, but a critique of the song itself.  I will need my readers help each week as we search for the corniest Southern Gospel song ever recorded.  In the comments section I want you to give the song a rating of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest in terms of cheese factor.

The first song in the spotlight is a re-write of an early ’90’s country hit “Achy Breaky Heart”.  If the country song wasn’t ‘cheese’ enough, the MaHarreys decided to record a re-work of the song titled “Jesus Can Heal Your Achy Breaky Heart” on a 1993 recording Turning Point.

Listen to the first verse and chorus and remember to rate the ‘cheese’ factor in the comments section on a scale of 1 to 5.


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12 Responses to Bad Southern Gospel Songs – “Jesus Can Heal Your Achy Breaky Heart”

  1. Brian February 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    This calls to mind another song from the same era…”Are You the Achan That’s Breakin’ God’s Heart?”

    • Steve Eaton February 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      ‘Are You The Achan’ was a much better song in terms of story, message and the way in which it was written.

      So what is the ‘cheese’ factor of “Jesus Can Heal”?

      • Jeff February 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        The Hoppers song was based on the real story in the Bible of Achan, and surely is not as cheesy as a rip off of Billy Cyrus song.

      • Jeff February 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        The cheese factor is the song being the spitting image of the Billy Cyrus hit and trying to cash in on his success in SG. :)

  2. steven February 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    This is a great idea- can’t wait to see the rest of the future posts you have planned.

    I shall rate this a 4.2 on the cheese scale

  3. lee65 February 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Yeah not so good but,every one has different taste.I was asked to sing at a funeral back when this song was out and it was the gentlemans favorite song . The family wanted me to sing it but couldn’t find a sound track for it ,thankfully they played the MaHarry’s doing it and i sang That Sounds Like Home To Me and In The garden!!!

    • David Bruce Murray February 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      I’ve heard some rather tasteless songs at weddings and funerals, but that would have to top the list.

  4. Andrew S. February 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Thank you, Steve, for bringing attention to this tune. One thing you left out, the song charted at #15 on the Singing News charts. How embarrassing??

    I understand their idea for re-writing and recording the song, but it’s a bit too obvious.

    4.85 on cheese.

  5. yankeegospelgirl February 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    My contribution: “Champion of Love.”

    *ducks and runs*

  6. Tim Chandler February 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Wow! What opinions! Don’t see anything wrong with the song. If you want to launch a discussion about “re-makes”, I am sure it would be very interesting!

    As for distasteful songs at funerals, I was participating in a funeral one time where they played, “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox” Glad I was not asked to sing or play that one!

  7. kim Evans June 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I would like to hear the whole song! It aint too bad.

  8. Tracy Alley August 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Love it


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