“Who Needs You Baby“
Written by Randy Boudreaux, Clay Walker, and Kim Williams
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 17, 1995
Clay Walker launches his third album with his sixth No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After scoring two No. 1 hits from If I Could Make a Living – the title track and “This Woman and This Man” – Clay Walker went top twenty with the third and final single, “My Heart Will Never Know.” He returned to the top with the lead-off single from Hypnotize the Moon.
The No. 1
George Strait’s influence on Clay Walker’s vocal style has never been more evident than it is on “Who Needs You Baby.”
He lives up to the master of phrasing throughout, cycling through contradictory emotions, often on the same line. He knows when to sing and when to talk, absolutely nailing the sarcasm and self-delusion that co-exist as he asks, “Why are you smiling? Would I lie to you?”
Another fantastic record that I’d somehow diminished in my mind over time.
The Road From No. 1
The title track from Hypnotize the Moon will also top the chart. We’ll get to it early in 1996.
“Who Needs You Baby” gets a B+.
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