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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 charts. "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. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Darius Rucker

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    1 song

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    9 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    4 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    3 songs

    New Country First

    1 song

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    Top Country

    4 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    1 song

Albums by
Darius Rucker

Top Songs by
Darius Rucker

  1.   Song
  2.   Wagon Wheel
  3.   Homegrown Honey
  4.   Don't Think I Don't Think About It
  5.   This
  6.   Alright
  7.   Winter Wonderland
  8.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  9.   White Christmas
  10.   Radio
  11.   Come Back Song
  12.   O Come, All Ye Faithful
  13.   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  14.   It Won't Be Like This for Long
  15.   History in the Making
  16.   Southern Style
  17.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  18.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  19.   Baby, It's Cold Outside by Sheryl Crow
  20.   I Got Nothin'
  21.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  22.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  23.   True Believers
  24.   Candy Cane Christmas
  25.   Time for Change
  26.   Southern State of Mind
  27.   Drinkin' and Dailin'
  28.   Learn To Live
  29.   Might Get Lucky
  30.   Kick Off
  31.   What God Wants for Christmas
  32.   Shine
  33.   Whiskey and You
  34.   So I Sang
  35.   Miss You
  36.   This Is My World
  37.   Lie to Me
  38.   If I Had Wings
  39.   Hold On
  40.   Forever Road
  41.   Lighter Up
  42.   Need You More
  43.   She's Beautiful
  44.   I Don't Care
  45.   All I Want
  46.   Perfect
  47.   Take Me Home
  48.   The Craziest Thing
  49.   Baby I'm Right
  50.   Heartbreak Road
  51.   Lost in You
  52.   Love Without You by Sheryl Crow
  53.   Amazing Grace (Interlude)
  54.   It's All Over
  55.   You, Me and My Guitar
  56.   Leavin' the Light On
  57.   I Will Love You Still by Mallary Hope
  58.   Things I'd Never Do
  59.   Sometimes I Wonder by Jill Scott
  60.   Be Wary Of A Woman
  61.   While I Still Got The Time
  62.   Wild One
  63.   Down Here
  64.   Low Country
  65.   God's Reasons
  66.   We All Fall Down
  67.   Love Will Do That
  68.   In a Big Way
  69.   I Hope They Get To Me In Time
  70.   It's All Right to Cry
  71.   Sleeping in My Bed by Snoop Dogg
  72.   One More Night
  73.   Ten Years
  74.   Butterfly
  75.   I'm Glad You're Mine
  76.   Back to Then
  77.   Sometime I Wonder
  78.   Exodus
  79.   Good for a Good Time
  80.   Half Full Dixie Cup
  81.   High on Life
  82.   Somewhere
  83.   Possibilities
  84.   You Can Have Charleston
  85.   It's a Fish Thang
  86.   Long Gone
  87.   10 Years
  88.   Sexy Lover
  89.   When's the Last Time
  90.   Drinkin' And Dialin'