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Darius Rucker

As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker was one of the most popular frontmen in mainstream pop/rock during the mid-'90s. The band's debut album, Cracked Rear View, was virtually inescapable in 1995, eventually selling more than 16 million copies and becoming one of the most successful albums of all time. Hootie & the Blowfish couldn't re-create that magic on future albums, though, and the band took a break from the studio after releasing 1998's Musical Chairs. Rucker used his free time to launch a solo career, which allowed the singer to explore his R&B and country influences. Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Rucker was exposed to the sounds of Otis Redding, Al Green, and Gladys Knight at an early age. Those R&B icons helped influence Hootie & the Blowfish's recordings, all of which featured Rucker's soulful baritone at the forefront, but it wasn't until his solo career that Rucker truly paid homage to the sounds of his youth. He initially planned to launch his solo career with The Return of Mongo Slade, which was scheduled for a summer 2001 release by Atlantic Records, but contractual changes prevented the album's release. A few months later, Rucker jumped ship for Hidden Beach Recordings, which then acquired the master recordings of his debut from Atlantic. After making a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' film Shallow Hal, Rucker introduced his mellow, R&B-influenced music with 2002's Back to Then (essentially The Return of Mongo Slade with a different title), which featured collaborations with Jill Scott and Snoop Dogg. Rucker then returned his focus to Hootie & the Blowfish, releasing two albums with the group during the early 2000s before revisiting his solo career. This time, he opted for a country approach, and the twangy Learn to Live found an appropriate home among country music fans, who sent both the album and its flagship single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," to the top of the Billboard country chart. "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright" also peaked at number one, pushing the album to platinum status within a year of its release. Rucker smartly stayed in the country mold for his follow-up album, Charleston, SC 1966, which appeared in fall 2010; it also spawned two number one singles in "Come Back Song" and "This." His third solo album in a country vein, True Believers, followed in early 2013, and it generated a massive hit in the form of "Wagon Wheel," a number one country single that crossed over to 15 on the pop charts on its way to triple-platinum certification. As he prepped a fourth country album, Rucker released the "Homegrown Honey" single in the fall of 2014, along with the seasonal album Home for the Holidays. Southern Style appeared in March 2015; it debuted at number one on Billboard's country chart but didn't generate a second big hit. "If I Told You," the first single from his fifth country album, appeared in July of 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Darius Rucker

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    1 song

    Top Country

    Top Country
    4 songs

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    9 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    3 songs

    New Country First

    1 song

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    Country Party

    2 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    1 song

Albums by
Darius Rucker

Top Songs by
Darius Rucker

  1.   Song
  2.   Wagon Wheel
  3.   Winter Wonderland
  4.   Homegrown Honey
  5.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  6.   White Christmas
  7.   Alright
  8.   This
  9.   Don't Think I Don't Think About It
  10.   Baby, It's Cold Outside
  11.   If I Told You
  12.   Radio
  13.   Come Back Song
  14.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  15.   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  16.   History in the Making
  17.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  18.   O Come, All Ye Faithful
  19.   It Won't Be Like This for Long
  20.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  21.   I Got Nothin'
  22.   True Believers
  23.   Southern Style
  24.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  25.   For the First Time
  26.   Candy Cane Christmas
  27.   Time for Change
  28.   What God Wants for Christmas
  29.   Learn to Live
  30.   Southern State of Mind
  31.   Might Get Lucky
  32.   Drinkin' and Dialin'
  33.   Kick Off
  34.   So I Sang
  35.   We All Fall Down
  36.   Hold On
  37.   It's All Over
  38.   High on Life
  39.   Lost in You
  40.   This Is My World
  41.   Whiskey and You
  42.   Wild One
  43.   Down Here
  44.   God's Reasons
  45.   Miss You
  46.   Love Will Do That
  47.   While I Still Got the Time
  48.   Forever Road
  49.   Butterfly
  50.   Lighter Up
  51.   Half Full Dixie Cup
  52.   Perfect
  53.   Good for a Good Time
  54.   Lie to Me
  55.   The Craziest Thing
  56.   I Don't Care
  57.   Be Wary of a Woman
  58.   If I Had Wings
  59.   Back to Then
  60.   You Can Have Charleston
  61.   Need You More
  62.   Low Country
  63.   You, Me and My Guitar
  64.   Baby I'm Right
  65.   Leavin' the Light On
  66.   Heartbreak Road
  67.   Take Me Home
  68.   I Will Love You Still by Mallary Hope
  69.   Love Without You by Sheryl Crow
  70.   Things I'd Never Do
  71.   She's Beautiful
  72.   In a Big Way
  73.   I Hope They Get to Me in Time
  74.   Ten Years
  75.   I'm Glad You're Mine
  76.   All I Want
  77.   Somewhere
  78.   Amazing Grace (Interlude)
  79.   Exodus
  80.   Sometimes I Wonder
  81.   Sleeping in My Bed by Snoop Dogg
  82.   One More Night
  83.   Shine
  84.   It's All Right to Cry
  85.   Don't