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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

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    3 songs

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    1 song

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