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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

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    New Country First

    1 song

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