In the early 1990s, Wariner continued his success with Arista Records, with several of his songs reaching the top 10.But his success soon tapered off, as radio programmers became more interested in newer performers.Wariner, however, continued to maintain his popularity through his instrumental talents.
His first major recording contract was with RCA Records in 1978.
His first single releases failed to chart in the top 40 of Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart, although the song "I'm Already Taken" was re-released in 1999, peaking at #3 that year. 1 hit came in December, 1981, with "All Roads Lead to You."However, his real popularity didn't take off until the mid-1980s, when he began recording for MCA Records.
The most successful of those songs included "Some Fools Never Learn" (1985, his second No.
1 hit), "What I Didn't Do" (1985), "You Can Dream of Me" (1986), "Lynda" (1987) and "I Got Dreams" (1989).
In 1971, he was hired as a bassist for Dottie West's band.