Top 5 Terri Clark Songs
Terri Clark is a singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the mid-1990s in both the United States and her native Canada. Since releasing her debut -- and Top 5-charting -- single, "Better Things to Do," in 1995, the artist has racked up two platinum-certified albums and a slew of Top 10 hits.
While Clark's chart success has waned in the U.S. in recent years, she's still charting songs in Canada, remaining a consistent force in the country's country music scene. In 2018, she became a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Emotional ballads, upbeat tracks with sing-a-long choruses -- Clark can do it all. Read on for The Boot's picks for her five best songs.
“If I Were You,” the third single from Clark’s self-titled debut album, was the singer’s first song to reach the top of the Canadian country charts; it was also a top 10 hit in the U.S., peaking at No. 8 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song's narrator is encouraging a friend to fight to hold onto her marriage, because, as Clark sings, she knows what it’s like to not be able to “find somebody who wants more than just a one-night stand.” Coming off the heels of her first two, uptempo singles, “If I Were You” proved that Clark also had the vocal chops and emotional range to deliver an affecting ballad.
“Now That I Found You” is a straightforward, guitar-driven ballad about falling in love: “I see the heavens open / A heart that once was broken / Is holding nothing back,” Clark sings in the chorus. The song was the lead single from Clark's third studio album, and was a No. 2 hit in both Canada and the U.S. The song won both a BMI performance award and an ASCAP songwriting award in 1999.
“I Just Wanna Be Mad” is a song about the thin line between anger and love. Fueled by a driving fiddle and electric guitar line, it’s the first single from 2003’s Pain to Kill, and it climbed to the No. 2 position on the charts. For her delivery of lines including “I’ll never leave, I’ll never stray / My love for you will never change / But I ain’t ready to make up,” Clark was nominated for a Juno (think the Grammy Awards, but in Canada) for Country Recording of the Year.
“Should’ve known it was you knocking on my door,” Clark drawls in the opening lines of one of her best-known songs. “You’re Easy on the Eyes” is a fun, mid-tempo song about a man who’s much easier to look at than he is to deal with. From Clark’s third studio album, the song was one of her many No. 1 hits in Canada, but it was also Clark’s first No. 1 single in the United States, where it stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks.
Clark did something interesting with her Greatest Hits 1994-2004 album: She used it not only to showcase a decade’s worth of hits, but also to release two new singles. The first single from the project was “Girls Lie Too,” and Clark must have had a premonition about placing it on a hits album, because it went to No. 1 on the charts -- one of only two Clark songs to achieve that feat in the United States.