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Darius Rucker

As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker was one of the most popular frontmen in mainstream pop/rock during the mid-'90s. The band's debut album, Cracked Rear View, was virtually inescapable in 1995, eventually selling more than 16 million copies and becoming one of the most successful albums of all time. Hootie & the Blowfish couldn't re-create that magic on future albums, though, and the band took a break from the studio after releasing 1998's Musical Chairs. Rucker used his free time to launch a solo career, which allowed the singer to explore his R&B and country influences. Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Rucker was exposed to the sounds of Otis Redding, Al Green, and Gladys Knight at an early age. Those R&B icons helped influence Hootie & the Blowfish's recordings, all of which featured Rucker's soulful baritone at the forefront, but it wasn't until his solo career that Rucker truly paid homage to the sounds of his youth. He initially planned to launch his solo career with The Return of Mongo Slade, which was scheduled for a summer 2001 release by Atlantic Records, but contractual changes prevented the album's release. A few months later, Rucker jumped ship for Hidden Beach Recordings, which then acquired the master recordings of his debut from Atlantic. After making a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' film Shallow Hal, Rucker introduced his mellow, R&B-influenced music with 2002's Back to Then (essentially The Return of Mongo Slade with a different title), which featured collaborations with Jill Scott and Snoop Dogg. Rucker then returned his focus to Hootie & the Blowfish, releasing two albums with the group during the early 2000s before revisiting his solo career. This time, he opted for a country approach, and the twangy Learn to Live found an appropriate home among country music fans, who sent both the album and its flagship single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," to the top of the Billboard country chart. "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright" also peaked at number one, pushing the album to platinum status within a year of its release. Rucker smartly stayed in the country mold for his follow-up album, Charleston, SC 1966, which appeared in fall 2010; it also spawned two number one singles in "Come Back Song" and "This." His third solo album in a country vein, True Believers, followed in early 2013, and it generated a massive hit in the form of "Wagon Wheel," a number one country single that crossed over to 15 on the pop charts on its way to triple-platinum certification. As he prepped a fourth country album, Rucker released the "Homegrown Honey" single in the fall of 2014, along with the seasonal album Home for the Holidays. Southern Style appeared in March 2015; it debuted at number one on Billboard's country chart but didn't generate a second big hit. "If I Told You," the lead single from his next album, appeared in July of 2016, but it took Rucker another full year to finish the record. Preceded by the summer single "For the First Time," the album When Was the Last Time appeared in October of 2017. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Darius Rucker

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    1 song

    Top Country

    Top Country
    5 songs

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    9 songs

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    Country Love

    3 songs

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    Country Party

    2 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    1 song

Albums by
Darius Rucker

Top Songs by
Darius Rucker

  1.   Song
  2.   Wagon Wheel
  3.   Winter Wonderland
  4.   Homegrown Honey
  5.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  6.   White Christmas
  7.   Alright
  8.   This
  9.   Don't Think I Don't Think About It
  10.   Baby, It's Cold Outside
  11.   If I Told You
  12.   Radio
  13.   Come Back Song
  14.   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  15.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  16.   History in the Making
  17.   It Won't Be Like This for Long
  18.   O Come, All Ye Faithful
  19.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  20.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  21.   For the First Time
  22.   I Got Nothin'
  23.   True Believers
  24.   Southern Style
  25.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  26.   Candy Cane Christmas
  27.   Time for Change
  28.   What God Wants for Christmas
  29.   Learn to Live
  30.   Might Get Lucky
  31.   Southern State of Mind
  32.   Kick Off
  33.   Drinkin' and Dialin'
  34.   Life's Too Short
  35.   Bring It On
  36.   Don't
  37.   While I Still Got the Time
  38.   Twenty Something
  39.   Miss You
  40.   So I Sang
  41.   Whiskey and You
  42.   Lost in You
  43.   Lie to Me
  44.   Down Here
  45.   Perfect
  46.   Wild One
  47.   All I Want
  48.   Love Without You by Sheryl Crow
  49.   Need You More
  50.   Shine
  51.   This Is My World
  52.   High on Life
  53.   Things I'd Never Do
  54.   Hold On
  55.   I Will Love You Still by Mallary Hope
  56.   We All Fall Down
  57.   I'm Glad You're Mine
  58.   Leavin' the Light On
  59.   Love Will Do That
  60.   Sometimes I Wonder
  61.   You Can Have Charleston
  62.   Half Full Dixie Cup
  63.   Good for a Good Time
  64.   She's Beautiful
  65.   I Don't Care
  66.   If I Had Wings
  67.   Amazing Grace (Interlude)
  68.   Exodus
  69.   It's All Over
  70.   Lighter Up
  71.   Low Country
  72.   You, Me and My Guitar
  73.   Baby I'm Right
  74.   God's Reasons
  75.   Heartbreak Road
  76.   Take Me Home
  77.   The Craziest Thing
  78.   In a Big Way
  79.   I Hope They Get to Me in Time
  80.   Forever Road
  81.   Sleeping in My Bed by Snoop Dogg
  82.   One More Night
  83.   Ten Years
  84.   Back to Then
  85.   Be Wary of a Woman
  86.   Butterfly
  87.   It's All Right to Cry
  88.   Somewhere
  89.   Straight to Hell
  90.   Count the Beers
  91.   Another Night With You
  92.   Hands on Me
  93.   She
  94.   Story to Tell
  95.   Under the Gun