Tyler's version of the song, which was produced by David Mackay, proved to be the most successful, peaking at No4 in the U.K. and No3 in the United States (where it was also a Top Ten hit on the Country Music chart), and No1 in several European countries and Australia. Many re-recordings were produced by Tyler, with the 2004 version in French with French singer Kareen Antonn on Tyler's album Simply Believe and the 2005 version on Tyler's album Wings. Although the 2005 version did not receive chart success as it was not released as a single, the 2004 version reached No12 in France on the week of release.
Juice Newton's version of "It's A Heartache" was released on select foreign editions of her "Come to Me" album. When released as a single in Mexico in 1977, the song garnered a gold record. Newton's version was released in the United States the following year and peaked at No86.