- Wrote hit songs including "Have a Little Faith in Me," "The Thing Called Love," "Sure As I'm Sitting Here," and "Slow Turning"
- Had songs recorded by Roseanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Three Dog Night, Bob Dylan, and B.B. King
- Member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Hiatt is a master of all trades when it comes to making music—successfully mastering rock guitar, piano, singing, and writing songs. He has been nominated for several Grammy awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. His first top-forty hit, "Sure As I'm Sitting Here," was covered by Three Dog Night and was written when Hiatt was working as a songwriter for Tree-Music Publishing in Nashville. Since then, he has released 22 studio albums and two live albums. His songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, and Roseanne Cash. His 1987 hit "Have a Little Faith in Me" brought him national attention and was covered by a number of artists, the most notable of which was Joe Cocker. In 2003, his song "Cry Lover" was a big hit and was featured on an episode of HBO's "Arrested Development." His duo with Bonnie Raitt on "Thing Called Love" proved to be very successful, and he went on to record duets with a variety of notables including Emmylou Harris ("Icy Blue Heart"), Roseanne Cash ("The Way We Make a Broken Heart")' and B.B. King & Eric Clapton ("Riding with the King"). A musician's musician, Hiatt has proven to everyone that he has what it takes to be an all-around great.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on April 22, 2007.