Things are better than ever for Billy Ray Cyrus!

During an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly, the 55-year-old country star candidly reflected on the continued success of his breakout 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart” from his first record, Some Gave All.

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“The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top 200,” Billy Ray recently told Closer at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21. “It’s still great to be here 25 years later!”

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Billy Ray performing in 1992.

“Achy Breaky Heart” was so popular in the early 90s that the tune even sparked a line dance craze. Today, Billy Ray’s fans are just as dedicated to the song
— so much so that the singer recently released a multilingual version with the Mexican band Caballo Dorado.

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“They know the words by heart. They can sing along,” he said of his loyal fans. “The song was always a bridge to bring people together.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Billy Ray similarly opened up about “Achy Breaky Heart” turning 25 years old — and recalled hearing songwriter Don Von Tress’ tune for the first time.

“I stood up and said, ‘That’s me! That’s what I want to sound like, that’s what I do, man!’ Thinking back on it, it just turned me on because it moved me,” he told the magazine.

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Though the star’s album, Some Gave All, was nearly finished at the time, Billy Ray knew “Achy Breaky Heart” had to be added to the record. While penning the song — which spent 17 weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 — Von Tress believed it would one day be a hit.

“[It was] a gift from the ether. I saw kids dancing in my mind [when I wrote it] and I remember telling my wife that and she thought I was a little screwy,” Von Tress told Rolling Stone.

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