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Top 10 Darius Rucker Songs

Hootie & the Blowfish & Solo Career

You probably know that Darius Rucker started his career as lead singer for the band, Hootie & The Blowfish, but did you know how the band got that name? Darius’ bandmate had huge, bug eyes like an owl and another member with big, puffy cheeks. Thus creating the incredibly unique name, Hootie & The Blowfish. The band went on to release five studio albums.

Darius Rucker has since released five more solo albums since Hootie & The Blowfish, all of which have been successful on the country charts. He has also won numerous awards, including the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009 and the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance in 2013.


You’re not just hearing Darius’ music when you go to his concert. The country artist likes to slip into other genres and perform songs like Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison,” or TLC’s “Waterfalls.” He is a true crossover star who has broken down barriers and made country music more inclusive.

Did you catch him at Barefoot Music Festival 2023 in Wildwood, NJ? Darius took the beach by storm with his setlist. He even brought out a Philadelphia Eagle! Jordan Mailata, offensive linebacker for the Eagles, performed “Alright” with Darius on the stage. Check out the video here.

New Album 

We can expect a new album from Darius titled Carolyn’s Boy on October 6th. This will be Rucker’s first solo album release in 6 years. The album is named after his mother, Carolyn, who passed away before Darius’ massive success as a singer/songwriter. In an interview with the TODAY Show, Darius said, “She died before any of this happened, so it’s just another homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”

As you wait for the upcoming album, check out Darius Rucker’s top songs. 

  • 10. "Homegrown Honey"

    “You little homegrown honey, honey, honeyYou’re so money, money, moneyYou got a country road Carolina soulBaby you’re just so homegrown”

  • 9. "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"

    “Do not think I do not wonder about
    Could have been, should have been all worked out
    I know what I felt and I know what I said
    But don’t think I don’t think about it”

  • 8. "This"

    All the nights I went too farAll the girls that broke my heartAll the doors that I had to closeAll the things I knew but I didn’t know”

  • 7. "Hold My Hand"

    “But don’t you let go of my handYou can cry every last tearI won’t leave ’til I understandPromise me, just hold my hand”

  • 6. "Come Back Song"

    “And I didn’t know I needed you soAnd letting you go was wrongAnd baby, I know you got your radio onSo this is my so sad, come back song”

  • 5. "For The First Time"

    “Yeah, let yourself go, follow that feelingMaybe something new is what you’re needingLike a real night, let your hair down, feel aliveWhen was the last time you did something for the first time?”

  • 4. "Alright"

    “Cause I got a roof over my headThe woman I love laying in my bedAnd it’s alright, alright”

  • 3. "Only Wanna Be With You"

    “Sometimes you’re crazyAnd you wonder whyI’m such a baby‘Cause the dolphins make me cry”

  • 2. "Beers and Sunshine"

    “Cause everybody’s down in a world gone crazyDon’t know how to fix it but I think maybeTurn on the good times, turn off the TVYeah, the only BS I need is beers and sunshine”

  • 1. "Wagon Wheel"

    Walkin’ to the south out of RoanokeI caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long tokeBut he’s a-headin’ west from the Cumberland GapTo Johnson City, Tennessee”

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