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