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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

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    1 song

    Top Country

    4 songs

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.   Learn To Live
  28.   Drinkin' and Dailin'
  29.   Might Get Lucky
  30.   Kick Off
  31.   What God Wants for Christmas
  32.   Possibilities
  33.   Shine
  34.   Whiskey and You
  35.   I Don't Care
  36.   Miss You
  37.   Hold On
  38.   She's Beautiful
  39.   If I Had Wings
  40.   Forever Road
  41.   So I Sang
  42.   Lighter Up
  43.   Need You More
  44.   Perfect
  45.   Lie to Me
  46.   While I Still Got The Time
  47.   Baby I'm Right
  48.   Take Me Home
  49.   All I Want
  50.   Heartbreak Road
  51.   The Craziest Thing
  52.   This Is My World
  53.   It's All Over
  54.   Leavin' the Light On
  55.   Love Without You by Sheryl Crow
  56.   Things I'd Never Do
  57.   Be Wary Of A Woman
  58.   I Hope They Get To Me In Time
  59.   Butterfly
  60.   Exodus
  61.   Wild One
  62.   Down Here
  63.   You Can Have Charleston
  64.   Half Full Dixie Cup
  65.   Low Country
  66.   Good for a Good Time
  67.   God's Reasons
  68.   I Will Love You Still by Mallary Hope
  69.   Lost in You
  70.   We All Fall Down
  71.   Love Will Do That
  72.   In a Big Way
  73.   Sometimes I Wonder by Jill Scott
  74.   It's All Right to Cry
  75.   Sleeping in My Bed by Snoop Dogg
  76.   Amazing Grace (Interlude)
  77.   One More Night
  78.   Ten Years
  79.   I'm Glad You're Mine
  80.   Sometime I Wonder
  81.   Back to Then
  82.   You, Me and My Guitar
  83.   High on Life
  84.   Somewhere
  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'