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