From 1986 until 2008, Darius Rucker was the lead vocalist for the American rock group known as Hootie & the Blowfish. From 2008 until 2018, Rucker enjoyed a career as a highly successful soloist in the country music genre. As of 2018, he’s reunited with Hootie when the band decided to record and go on tour again. As a member of Hootie and as a solo artist, Rucker has been nominated for and won several recognition awards within the music industry. Most recently, he received the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award in 2018 from the Academy of Country Music Awards for his dedicated fundraising involvement with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
While Darius Rucker’s vocal talent contributed towards the remarkable success level of Hootie & the Blowfish achieved, the singer has also established himself to become every bit as successful as the band. As a solo artist, Darius Rucker won New Artist of the Year in 2009 with the Country Music Association Awards, as well as International Album of the Year in 2015 with the British Country Music Association Awards for his 2015 album “Southern Style.” So far, Darius Rucker has released seven studio albums and twenty singles. Nine of those singles have become chart-topping hits, reaching all the way to number one.
Top 10 Darius Rucker Songs
#10 – Forever Country
In celebration of the Country Music Awards’ fifty years’ worth of awards shows, a large collection of country music artists came together to perform “Forever Country,” which is credited to be the biggest music video in country music history. Darius Rucker’s contribution toward the 2016 song is not one that should go unnoticed. The song was released on September 16, 2016, combining the epic songs of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” On the music charts, it reached number one with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs, as well as even New Zealand’s Heatseekers chart. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the single as Gold, and to top it off as if a crowning achievement, the rival American Country Music Awards even gave Forever Country Music Video of the Year in 2016.
#9 – Homegrown Honey
Coming from the 2015 album “Southern Style” is the single “Homegrown Honey,” which peaked as high as number two on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart and sixth on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. With over 500,000 copies sold to certify the song as Gold, it solidified Darius Rucker just as deserving to be considered among the top country music stars like Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Toby Keith.
#8 – Beers and Sunshine
On August 6, 2020, the single “Beers and Sunshine” from Darius Rucker is released while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to headline the news. When the song debuted on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart, it was at number twenty-four, making it the highest-debuting single Rucker had so far since going solo in 2008. Already in the short time span since the song’s release, it has already achieved Gold Certification from the RIAA, as well as Platinum Certification from Music Canada.
#7 – This
The album “Charleston, SC 1966,” was released on October 12, 2010, which was Darius Rucker’s third studio album as a soloist, but second as a country artist after signing with Capitol Nashville. The album itself earned Gold Certification from the RIAA and the song “This” became Platinum. The song also achieved the top spot on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and fourth on the Canada Country Billboard chart.
#6 – Come Back Song
July 2010 sees the radio release of “Come Back Song” from Darius Rucker and his second studio album as a country artist “Charleston, SC 1966.” On the US Billboard Country Airplay chart, this song charted at number one and with Canada Country Billboard’s chart in the eighth place. The RIAA also certified this single as Platinum for selling over a million copies despite it receiving mixed reviews from the music critics.
#5 – If I Told You
Coming from the album “When Was the Last Time,” which was released on October 20, 2017, is the single “If I Told You.” The lead single was released over a year beforehand on July 5, 2016. On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, it peaked at fourth place but faired out even better on the US Billboard Country Airplay at number one. In sales, enough copies of the song earned it Platinum Certification with the RIAA. When asking fans what makes this song so special for them, the overall response is because they find themselves relating to it and to how well Darius Rucker performs it.
#4 – Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
The single ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” comes from Darius Rucker’s 2013 album “Learn to Live,” and is the first of three hits that would come it. On the music charts, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs, which was the first time an African-American country artist achieved this since Charley Pride’s 1983 hit “Night Games.” The overall reception of the song was favorable and apparently, the fans agreed enough to purchase enough copies for it to become certified Platinum by the RIAA.
#3 – I Won’t Be Like This for Long
The second single from Darius Rucker’s album “Learn to Live” is “I Won’t Be Like This for Long.” On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, it peaked at number one and did the same on Country Canada Billboard. Since the song’s release, it has also achieved the certification of Platinum from the RIAA for having over one million copies sold since its November 2008 release date. When the song was first released, it received mixed reviews from the critics, but what matters most, in the end, is how the fans respond to it, which in this case, was most favorable.
#2 – Alright
From the Country Music Awards in 2016, the single “Alright” earned a nomination for Performance of the Year, but lost to Carrie Underwood’s intensely popular “Smoke Break.” From Rucker’s “Learn to Live” album, Alright was the third and most commercially successful single, earning Double Platinum Certification from the RIAA. On the music charts, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and in second on Country Canada Billboard.
#1 – Wagon Wheel
“Wagon Wheel” peaked at number one on the music charts of US Billboard Hot Country Songs, US Billboard Country Airplay, and Country Canada Billboard. It is also the first single that earned Darius Rucker an award for his performance, which was a Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Country Solo Performance. Originally, this song was co-written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor.
In 1973, Bob Dylan recorded the chorus, but it wasn’t until 1998 Secor would fill in the verses. The original performed well enough, earning Platinum Certification by the RIAA, but it would be Rucker’s performance in 2013 that would earn the song a series of nominations. Rucker’s cover of Wagon Wheel has also earned the single RIAA’s Platinum Certification nine times, and LMLusic Canada’s Platinum Certification three times. As for its album, “True Believers,” it sold enough copies to also become certified Platinum.