When Darius Rucker announced his intentions to record a country album in 2008, one might have had their reservations. After all, Rucker was the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the 1990s. While Music City loves it when one of their acts cross over to other genres, it generally isn’t too receptive to reverse crossover attempts.
However, in the case of Darius Rucker, any doubts that the industry may have had about his intentions were silenced pretty quickly. Five of his first six country singles hit the top of the charts, and he has become one of the most bankable artists in the format -- recently ringing up another number one with “If I Told You.” He is one of the torch-bearers for the format, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry -- and even hosting his own monthly golf show on SiriusXM. As we gear up for the tenth anniversary of his move to the country-side, let’s take a look back at ten Dairus Rucker songs that have definitely made an impressions.
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