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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 first single from his fifth country album, appeared in July of 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Darius Rucker

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    1 song

    Top Country

    Top Country
    4 songs

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    9 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    3 songs

    New Country First

    1 song

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

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