Slacker Logo


Plain White T's

Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, the punk-pop outfit Plain White T's began taking shape in 1997, a full ten years before the acoustic ballad "Hey There Delilah" made them Grammy-nominated stars. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally fascinated with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey's Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly launched a different band, with Higgenson taking over lead duties as songwriter and singer. Drummer Dave Tirio also joined the new lineup, bringing Plain White T's to fruition during the fall of 1997. Performances in various Chicago clubs earned the band a small but devout following. In the summer of 1999, Higgenson was nearly killed in a car accident; the crash resulted in a ruptured kidney and lacerated lung. However, the event also left him with a newfound dedication to songwriting, and the band began making quick progress as a result, self-releasing Come on Over in 2001 and signing with Fearless Records for the release of Stop in 2002. Although plagued by lineup shifts during the supporting tour, Plain White T's still found time to record All That We Needed, which hit shelves in early 2005. By that point, the band's roster had solidified with a lineup comprised of vocalist Higgenson, guitarists Tirio and Tim Lopez, drummer De'Mar Hamilton, and bassist Mike Retondo. The band then participated in the 2005 Take Action tour alongside groups like Sugarcult and Head Automatica before joining up with Motion City Soundtrack for tour dates in 2006. The enhanced EP Hey There Delilah was released that May, containing versions of the titular ballad (originally issued on All That We Needed), along with four new songs and music videos. The band's work ethic and promising songcraft earned Plain White T's a new contract with Hollywood Records, and Every Second Counts, their hook-laden debut for the label, appeared in September 2006. The band returned to the road soon after, but fortunes improved as "Hey There Delilah" gathered steam on radio stations across the U.S. By the following summer, the song had topped the charts in ten different countries and helped jump-start sales of Every Second Counts (which, incidentally, only featured "Hey There Delilah" in enhanced versions of the record). Plain White T's received two Grammy nominations for the song, and the band returned in 2008 with Big Bad World -- a return-to-form effort featuring the band's usual mix of spunky energy and pop/rock craft. In 2010, Plain White T's released the song "The Rhythm of Love," featuring lead vocals from guitarist Tim Lopez. Built upon a laid-back acoustic sound, it was the first single from the band's sixth studio album, The Wonders of the Younger, which was released that December; the album peaked at 149, a downturn from its predecessor's 33. The band then took some time off, starting to return to action with the 2013 EP Should've Gone to Bed before delivering the full-length American Nights in April 2015. ~ Jason MacNeil & Andrew Leahey
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Plain White T's

    New Pop First

    New Pop First
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    3 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    1 song

    Love Songs

    3 songs

    '00s Alternative

    1 song

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Acoustic Rock

    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

    Adult Alternative

    1 song

    Adult Rock

    1 song

Albums by
Plain White T's

Top Songs by
Plain White T's

  1.   Song
  2.   Hey There Delilah
  3.   1, 2, 3, 4
  4.   Rhythm of Love
  5.   Land Of The Living
  6.   Season of a Lifetime
  7.   Nuttin' for Christmas
  8.   Hate (I Really Don't Like You)
  9.   Boomerang
  10.   Our Time Now
  11.   Song 2
  12.   Figure It Out
  13.   The Giving Tree
  14.   Take Me Away
  15.   A Lonely September
  16.   Airplane
  17.   Wonders of the Younger
  18.   I Really Want You
  19.   My Only One
  20.   You Belong
  21.   Stay
  22.   Our Song
  23.   Map of the World
  24.   Write You a Song
  25.   Come Back to Me
  26.   If I Told You
  27.   Faster
  28.   What If
  29.   Someday You're Gonna Love Me
  30.   Pause
  31.   American Nights
  32.   Killer
  33.   You and Me
  34.   Lazy Day Afternoon
  35.   Revenge
  36.   All That We Needed
  37.   Radios in Heaven
  38.   Fireworks
  39.   Love Again
  40.   Dance Off-Time
  41.   Haven't Told Her
  42.   Last Breath
  43.   Poor Jack
  44.   Someday
  45.   Sunlight
  46.   That Girl
  47.   Let's Pretend
  48.   Let Me Take You There
  49.   Tearin' Us Apart
  50.   So Damn Clever
  51.   Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk
  52.   It's So Easy
  53.   What More Do You Want
  54.   Can't Turn Away
  55.   Shine
  56.   Leavin'
  57.   Never Working
  58.   Your Fault
  59.   Here Come That Sunrise
  60.   Time to Move On
  61.   Heavy Rotation
  62.   Helium
  63.   Pet Sematary
  64.   Broken Record
  65.   Body Parts
  66.   Make It Up as You Go
  67.   Irrational Anthem
  68.   Welcome to Mystery
  69.   Meet Me In California
  70.   Rainy Day
  71.   Serious Mistake
  72.   Natural Disaster
  73.   When I See an Elephant Fly
  74.   Cinderella Story
  75.   Gimme a Chance
  76.   Making a Memory
  77.   Losing Myself
  78.   Last Call
  79.   Sing My Best
  80.   Sad Story
  81.   Anything
  82.   Bruises
  83.   Penny (Perfect for You)
  84.   Happy Someday
  85.   Please Don't Do This
  86.   Down the Road
  87.   Easy Way Out
  88.   Breakdown
  89.   Stop
  90.   Big Bad World
  91.   Cirque dans La Rue
  92.   Should've Gone To Bed