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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
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Stations Featuring
Plain White T's

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    3 songs

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    1 song

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    2 songs

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