Doug Stone made his debut in 1990 with the single “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)”, the first release from his 1990 self-titled debut album for Epic Records. Both this album and its successor, 1991’s I Thought It Was You, earned a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Two more albums for Epic, 1992’s From the Heart and 1994’s More Love, are each certified gold. Stone moved to Columbia Records to record Faith in Me, Faith in You, which did not produce a Top Ten among its three singles. After suffering a heart attack and stroke in the late 1990s, he exited the label and did not release another album until Make Up in Love in 1999 on Atlantic Records. The Long Way was released in 2002 on the Audium label (now part of E1 Music), followed by two albums on the independent Lofton Creek Records.
Stone has charted twenty-two singles on Hot Country Songs, with his greatest chart success coming between 1990 and 1995. In this timespan, he charted four number 1 singles: “In a Different Light”, “A Jukebox with a Country Song”, “Too Busy Being in Love”, and “Why Didn’t I Think of That”, plus eleven more top ten singles. He is known for his neotraditionalist country sound and his frequent recording of ballads.