In the 1980s, Phil Barney had several success on the French Singles Chart, including the big hit "Un Enfant de toi", his first single, which was a number three hit in November 1987. "Avec qui tu vis", "Tellement je pense à toi", "Il est parti" and "Loin de tes bras" were among his other singles, but they achieved a moderate success in comparison with his debut single. Most of his songs are pop ballads related with romantic themes. However, throughout his career, Barney changed his musical style and also recorded rap songs.
He published several studio albums, but the last ones passed almost unnoticed. In 2002, he covered his 1987 hit in a duet version with Marlène Duval and obtained a huge success since the song became a number-one single, but this notoriety remained temporary and he fell again into anonymity after this come back.