In the 1990s, Darius Rucker was on top in the pop and rock worlds thanks to his tenure as lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. As a country artist, however, the South Carolina native has found even greater (and more enduring) success.
The secret is that the straightforward, emotionally resonant songwriting that made Rucker’s early music so welcoming translates perfectly to the country genre. The importance of family has been a common theme in Rucker’s music since his 2008 debut LP, Learn to Live, and he’s never shied away from acute snapshots of romantic regret or marital bliss.
Besides that, Rucker is one of the most distinctive and strong vocalists in country music: He possesses a warm, velvet-like croon capable of conveying both deep anguish and unbridled joy.
Below, The Boot counts down Rucker’s Top 10 country tunes.