Born to Be Blue (The Judds song)

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"Born to Be Blue"
Single by The Judds
from the album Love Can Build a Bridge
B-side"Rompin' Stompin' Blues"
ReleasedAugust 6, 1990
LabelRCA Nashville/Curb
Songwriter(s)Mike Reid, Brent Maher, Mack David
Producer(s)Brent Maher
The Judds singles chronology
"Guardian Angels"
"Born to Be Blue"
"Love Can Build a Bridge"

"Born to Be Blue" is a song written by Mike Reid, Brent Maher and Mack David, and recorded by American country music duo The Judds. It was released in August 1990 as the first single from the album Love Can Build a Bridge. The song reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]


Norman Rowe of the Richmond Times Dispatch wrote of the song that "With the first 60 seconds of 'Born to Be Blue,' old-time jazz fans just might wonder if the Judds have abandoned Nashville and taken up residence in old New Orleans."[2] Jim Abbott of the Orlando Sun Sentinel wrote that Wynonna Judd has an "ornery, straining-at-the-leash growl lends a certain authenticity to "Born to Be Blue," rescuing it from a musical arrangement that's a little too wholesome."[3]

Chart performance

"Born to Be Blue" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of August 11, 1990.

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 5

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 67


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 184.
  2. ^ "JUDDS ADD JAZZ TO COUNTRY SOUND ON LATEST ALBUM". Richmond Times Dispatch. November 4, 1990. ProQuest 423400432. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  3. ^ "THE JUDDS". Orlando Sun Sentinel. October 5, 1990. ProQuest 277737717. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7744." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 10, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Judds Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.