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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

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

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