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Darius Rucker

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