When it comes to the hitmakers of ‘90s country music, Clay Walker stands out as a troubadour who consistently delivers authentic, powerful, and relatable music. With his impeccable vocal range, Texas cowboy charm, and natural storytelling skills, Walker is a triple-threat who continues to delight fans to this day.
From his debut single “What’s It To You” in 1994 to his current single “Catching Up With An Old Memory,” the Beaumont, Texas native has a catalog of memorable songs that are the soundtrack of a generation. With more than 1.2 million followers on TikTok, Walker is connecting with fans in new ways while delivering contemporary music that resonates with listeners of all ages.
Here’s a look back at 10 timeless tracks from Clay Walker:
10. “Dreaming With My Eyes Open”
Written by Tony Arata (1994)
The up-tempo “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” delivers a message of looking ahead and living life to the fullest. It was the last single from Walker’s self-titled debut album in 1994, becoming his third No.1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie “The Thing Called Love,” which starred Sandra Bullock and River Phoenix.
9. “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”
Written by Galen Griffin, Doug Johnson, Phil O’Donnell (2009)
Walker warns about the revenge of a woman scorned on the title track of his ninth studio album, She Won’t Be Lonely Long. The playful track is an anthem for newly single women hitting the town after a breakup, telling guys, “if she’s lonely now, she won’t be lonely long.” The song cracked the top five of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 4 in 2010.
8. “The Chain of Love”
Written by Rory Feek, Jonnie Barnett (2000)
“The Chain of Love” is a poignant narrative about paying it forward and watching it come full circle. In the chorus, Walker ties the stories of each character together by saying, “You don’t owe me a thing / I’ve been there too / And someone once helped me out / Just the way I’m helping you / If you really wanna pay me back / Here’s what you do / Don’t let the chain of love end with you.” The song from Walker’s Live, Laugh, Love album was his 13th top ten single, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
7. “I Can’t Sleep”
Written by Clay Walker, Chely Wright (2004)
Walker showcases his versatility with his falsetto range on “I Can’t Sleep,” hitting a powerful high note at the end of the song. The second single from Walker’s album A Few Questions features Chely Wright on background vocals, who also co-wrote the track. The song ended up being another Top Ten single, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2004.
6. “If I Could Make a Living”
Written by Alan Jackson, Keith Stegall, Roger Murrah (1994)
“If I Could Make a Living” is the title track of Walker’s second album and was co-written by Alan Jackson. Walker professes his love in this up-tempo song by pondering the idea, “If I could make a livin’ out of lovin’ you / I’d be a millionaire in a week or two / I’d be doin’ what I love and lovin’ what I do / If I could make a livin’ out of lovin’ you.” It became Walker’s fourth No.1 single, hitting the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1994.
5. “Hypnotize the Moon”
Written by Steve Dorff, Eric Kaz (1995)
The title track and second single from Walker’s third album Hypnotize the Moon showcases Walker’s romantic charm. He describes how he’s impacted by his love interest, telling the listener “The magic filled the night / She touched my soul like no one else / Yes, the way that woman made me feel / Left me talking to myself.” Walker hypnotized listeners too, taking the song to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
4. “What’s It To You”
Written by Robert Ellis Orrall, Curtis Wright (1993)
Walker broke into the country music scene full throttle with the debut single from his self-titled album. He brought his powerful vocals and infectious energy to the track, where he defines love as “the rhythm of two hearts beating / Poundin’ out a message steady and true.” He then turns the tables and begs his love interest to tell him what she’s feeling and asks what love is to her. Not only was it Walker’s debut single, but it turned out to be his first No.1 song as well.
Written by Sonny LeMaire, Shane Minor, Clay Mills (2007)
“Fall” starts off with Walker’s signature enticing drawl and slowly builds into a comforting place to land after a rough day. The chorus explodes into a showcase of the high end of Walker’s vocal range before settling back into that soft place to fall. The song was the title track of Walker’s 8th studio album and it reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
2. “Live Until I Die”
Written by Clay Walker (1993)
Walker penned his second single, “Live Until I Die,” by himself and created an autobiography of sorts. The Beaumont, Texas native lived a simple life growing up in a rural area that created fond memories during his childhood. The song talks about being grateful for the things that money can’t buy and enjoying life for however long we’re on this Earth. The personal narrative resonated with listeners, becoming Walker’s second No.1 song.
1. “This Woman and This Man”
Written by Jeff Pennig, Michael Lunn (1994)
Walker brings a hint of R&B to “This Woman and This Man,” which tells the story of a couple on the verge of coming apart at the seams. One half of the pair is trying to find a way to hold on, pleading that it’s easier than it seems, asking “Have we lost the key to an open door?” The heartbreaking ballad showcases Walker’s passion, vocal range, and ability to deliver a relatable narrative authentically. The second single from his If I Could Make a Living album became Walker’s fifth No.1 single.