#17 – Hootie & The Blowfish – “Only Wanna Be With You” – (1994)

I don’t want to call this Hootie’s biggest hit but I think it might be their signature song. I read once that Darius Rucker said that this song was just fluff – that it was just a bunch of the sappiest lyrics he could come up with coupled with a catchy tune and it happened to become a hit. I think he’s mainly right but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s one of the defining songs of 90s popular music. “I’m such a baby yeah the Dolphin’s make me cry” is a pretty memorable lyric… the video, however… eek. It won some awards at the VMAs back in the day, but it hasn’t aged well… maybe because the “Sports Center” anchors are totally phoning it in. I should also mention the fourth and final big single from Cracked Rear View: “Let Her Cry.”