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