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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

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    3 songs

    '00s Alternative

    1 song

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Acoustic Rock

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    2 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

Albums by
Plain White T's

Top Songs by
Plain White T's

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  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.   Song 2
  10.   Our Time Now
  11.   Can't Turn Away
  12.   The Giving Tree
  13.   Welcome to Mystery
  14.   Last Call
  15.   American Nights
  16.   That Girl
  17.   Stop
  18.   Time to Move On
  19.   Helium
  20.   Pet Sematary
  21.   Body Parts
  22.   Make It Up as You Go
  23.   Last Breath
  24.   Rainy Day
  25.   Serious Mistake
  26.   Cinderella Story
  27.   Write You a Song
  28.   Losing Myself
  29.   Penny (Perfect for You)
  30.   A Lonely September
  31.   What If
  32.   Haven't Told Her
  33.   Cirque Dans la Rue
  34.   Someday
  35.   I Really Want You
  36.   Figure It Out
  37.   Tearin' Us Apart
  38.   So Damn Clever
  39.   It's So Easy
  40.   Down the Road
  41.   My Only One
  42.   Take Me Away
  43.   Radios in Heaven
  44.   Please Don't Do This
  45.   Let Me Take You There
  46.   Leavin'
  47.   You Belong
  48.   Pause
  49.   Killer
  50.   Sunlight
  51.   Natural Disaster
  52.   Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk
  53.   You and Me
  54.   Faster
  55.   Revenge
  56.   Anything
  57.   Bruises
  58.   Fireworks
  59.   Irrational Anthem
  60.   Shine
  61.   Land of the Living
  62.   Here Come That Sunrise
  63.   Someday You're Gonna Love Me
  64.   Dance Off-Time
  65.   Stay
  66.   Never Working
  67.   Broken Record
  68.   Our Song
  69.   Map of the World
  70.   Poor Jack
  71.   Meet Me in California
  72.   Big Bad World
  73.   When I See an Elephant Fly
  74.   Let's Pretend
  75.   Come Back to Me
  76.   Easy Way Out
  77.   Sing My Best
  78.   Lazy Day Afternoon
  79.   Happy Someday
  80.   Your Fault
  81.   Sad Story
  82.   Love Again
  83.   Gimme a Chance
  84.   Making a Memory
  85.   What More Do You Want
  86.   Breakdown
  87.   Heavy Rotation
  88.   All That We Needed
  89.   Airplane
  90.   Wonders of the Younger
  91.   If I Told You
  92.   Should've Gone To Bed
  93.   Christmas Won't Be the Same Without You