Hootie & the Blowfish Songs Ranked

Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that was formed in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1986. The band’s lineup for most of its existence has been the quartet of Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld. The band went on hiatus in 2008 until they announced plans for a full reunion tour in 2019 and released their first new studio album in fourteen years, Imperfect Circle. As of 2019, the band had charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts and recorded six studio albums. Their debut album, Cracked Rear View (1994), is the 19th-best-selling album of all time in the United States and was certified platinum 21 times. They have sold over 21 million copies of their albums in the United States. The group was also popular in Canada, having three number-one singles in the country. Here are all of Hootie & the Blowfish songs ranked.

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15. Tuckers Town (Fairweather Johnson, 1996)

“I think it means that her dad is happy because she is not with him anymore. but she wants to be with him. and her dad is forcing her to stay away from the one she loves.”

14. Goodbye (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“I agree! Completely sad song, but an awesome one. It reminds me of our last soccer game in HS, because on the trip back home, we all listened to this song and bawled our eyes out. Stupid, maybe, but we were mostly just sad that such a good time was over. I know this song’s about a girl, but that’s what it will always remind me of.”

13. Sad Caper (Fairweather Johnson, 1996)

“I think it’s about a man who is unhappy in a relationship, but just can’t seem to break it off with his significant other. It seems as though she won’t let him go. She wants him to stay, but he says it won’t be the same no matter what happens from here on end.”

12. Old Man & Me (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“Incredible song! for my is about sometimes you have to hear to more experienced people, also leave me with the felling that the old man is very depressed”

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11. Be the One (Fairweather Johnson, 1996)

“I think this one’s pretty self explanatory although the lyrics are a bit jumbled. It’s a angry and sad song about, well, wanting to be the one for the person you love. Throwing aside everything else and telling them to forget everyone else and take them.”

10. Running From An Angel (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“This one is about the one he loved, who always seemed to betray him. I think it broke his heart to have this happen, but he still loves her. He just doesn’t want her to come back if she’s going to break his heart again.”

9. Hannah Jane (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“Hannah Jane’s is the name of a pub of sorts in Columbia, South Carolina where the band formed. Probably a place where Darius liked to go with his female friend in this song.”

8. I’m Goin’ Home (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“This song is about his mother passing away and him having to deal with it but still reassuring because of his faith of her living in the afterlife”

7. I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You (Scattered, Smothered and Covered, 2000)

“Darius Rucker has the perfect voice for this song. He makes even the line about bumming a cigarette sound beautiful and romantic. There is a lot of feeling in the performance and Darius Rucker’s voice is, as always, amazing. This is excellent.”

6. I Go Blind (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“I think that they are saying that they turn a blind eye everytime they see commericals or news reports about these children. It’s easier to just pretend it doesn’t exist than do something about it. “Little child, did you know that there’s a light, And it’s gonna shine right through your eyes. What do you think that life is like? Every time I look at you, I go blind.” I think this represents how these children are so oppressed they don’t know there’s life outside of just trying to survive, that there’s a free world (“somewhere over there theres a purpose there’s a care for free, in me there’s nobody, no one plans, no one stand to be free”) and no one is doing anything about it.”

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5. Hold My Hand (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“The lyrics in this song are very sweet. I’ve never even HEARD of Hootie & Blowfish before, but from these lyrics, they seem good. I m gonna download some of their stuff, and see what it’s like. This song reminded me a lot about this guy I like. We’re technically going out, except neither one of us has asked yet. All I want is for him to love me, yet I do love him… so, I m not asking for love in return, still, it d be nice if he did. .. Anyhow. The lyrics there REALLY touched me, In fact, I ma e-mail those words to that guy now.”

4. Use Me (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“Darius Rucker and Hootie and the Blowfish did a great job on this Bill Withers cover. It is a little faster than the original, but still a nice rendition!”

3. Time (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“This is about how time always keeps going on and on. It waits for know one, and always leaves you behind. It also mentions how everyone is killing and how there’s so much ‘pain and sorrow’ in the world. Basically, itf you look deeper into it, all that’s for nothing, because time’s going to move on no matter who wins. I think he’s given up on trying to figure it all out and worrying about it. He’s just going to go with it, and let time drag him along like it would do anyways. He wants to learn about it, but if it’s all over tomorrow, he wouldn’t care.”

2. Let Her Cry (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“I used to pick on Hootie and The Blowfish when I was younger cuz, well, that’s what you do when you’re a kid. But I’ve heard this song so many times in the background, never bothering to seek it out and listen to it, until just recently and I found out… I actually love this song. The delivery at the beginning is painfully heartfelt and the lyrics impact you in such a way that you need to listen to it again, and again.”

1. Only Wanna Be With You (Cracked Rear View, 1994)

“This is not my kind of song, but I had to learn it to play with a band. It is well written, well produced, and I did investigate other Darius Rucker tunes because of it. It grows on you. Near pop-perfection.”