The question has come up from time to time about how much a singer makes from a number one hit. Can a one hit wonder earn enough to retire?

In most cases, the answer is no. But there have been exceptions for a single song's earning power.

A song that really made a lot of money, was Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart". I certainly don't want to classify Billy Ray as a one hit wonder by any means.

He scored eight top ten songs. But the one song I pointed out made him a lot of money.

It was so popular worldwide, it had to be translated in over 100 different languages. I remember when it was new in 1992, people didn't even know the title, they would request hearing the Achy Breaky song.

How much did it make Billy Ray? According to The Richest.com, Billy Ray Cyrus is worth $20 million.


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