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