#4 – Hootie & the Blowfish – “I Go Blind” – (1995)

When I found out this song was a cover, I was heartbroken. Here I was ready to award Hootie & Co. the award for best songwriters ever and I find out my favorite song of theirs was written by a Canadian rock band called 54-40. The agony. Truth be told, I’ve never listened to that version because I don’t want it to tarnish the memories I have with this song. However good the original version may or may not be, this version is great. It was never released on a Hootie studio album (it made the greatest hits CD). It was originally released on Friends: Music from the TV Series. The guitar in this song is infectious and so is Darius Rucker singing “Every time I look at you I go blind.” Far and away my favorite Hootie track and a serious contender for the top spot on this list.

#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.”

#118 – Hootie & The Blowfish – “Hold My Hand” – (1994)

Cracked Rear View is one of – if not the – best album of the 1990s. Truth is, I originally had “Time” listed as number 118 and while looking for which other Cracked Rear View track I wanted to mention along with it, I fell back in love with “Hold My Hand.” They are equally as good. All four big singles form this album are good. I just picked one of two to talk about here. Also I want to mention “I Will Wait” from 1998’s Musical Chairs. I recently re-discovered this one myself.