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Cracked Rear View

Cracked Rear View
A collage of blurred photographs forms the album cover
Studio album by Hootie & the Blowfish
Released July 5, 1994 (1994-07-05)[1]
Recorded 1994
Studio NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre Roots rock, pop rock,
alternative rock
Length 43:04
Label Atlantic
Producer Don Gehman[2]
Hootie & the Blowfish chronology
Cracked Rear View
Fairweather Johnson
Singles from Cracked Rear View
  1. "Hold My Hand"
    Released: July 18, 1994 (1994-07-18)
  2. "Let Her Cry"
    Released: December 17, 1994 (1994-12-17)
  3. "Only Wanna Be with You"
    Released: July 17, 1995 (1995-07-17)
  4. "Time"
    Released: October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
  5. "Drowning"
    Released: November 1995 (1995-11)

Cracked Rear View is the major-label debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish, released on July 5, 1994 by Atlantic Records.[1]


  • Reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Charts 4
  • Awards 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Rolling Stone [4]

Cracked Rear View is Hootie & the Blowfish's most successful album. It was the highest-selling album of 1995, with 10.5 million shipments that year alone, eventually shipping 16 million copies to retailers by March 31, 1999. It is the joint 16th-best-selling album of all time in the United States.[5] Cracked Rear View reached number one on the Billboard 200 five times over the course of 1995. The album also reached number one in Canada[6] and New Zealand.[7] Three million copies were sold through the Columbia House mail-order system.[8]

Critical reviews of Cracked Rear View were mostly positive. The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four and a half stars out of five, and said that it was "the success story of 1994/1995." He also said, "Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks."[1]

Track listing

All songs written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld.

  1. "Hannah Jane" – 3:33
  2. "Hold My Hand" – 4:15
  3. "Let Her Cry" – 5:08
  4. "Only Wanna Be with You" – 3:46
  5. "Running from an Angel" – 3:37
  6. "I'm Goin' Home" – 4:11
  7. "Drowning" – 5:01
  8. "Time" – 4:53
  9. "Look Away" – 2:38
  10. "Not Even the Trees" – 4:37
  11. "Goodbye" – 4:05
Includes hidden track "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Traditional) – 0:54

In 2001, the album was re-released on DVD-Audio with the disc featuring a discography, photo gallery, and video of a live performance of "Drowning".


Hootie & the Blowfish
Additional musicians


Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (Top 50)[9] 7
Canada (RPM100 Albums)[6] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts) [10] 45
New Zealand (RIANZ Top 50)[7] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 16
UK (The Official Charts Company)[12] 12
US Billboard 200[13] 1
End of decade charts
Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 7


Year Winner Category
1996 "Let Her Cry" Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

See also


  1. ^ a b c d  
  2. ^ a b Cracked Rear View (CD liner).  
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Hootie and the Blowfish". Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Evans, Paul (February 2, 1998). "Hootie & the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View : Music Reviews".  
  5. ^ RIAA Top 100 Archived 17 January at WebCite
  6. ^ a b "RPM — Item Display : Top Albums/CDs — Volume 62, No. 3, August 21, 1995".  
  7. ^ a b by Hootie & the Blowfish"Cracked Rear View". Hung Medien. Archived from the original (ASP) on February 2, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Zaleski, Anne (June 9, 2015). "'"Four Columbia House Insiders Explain the Shady Math Behind '8 CDs for a Penny.  
  9. ^ by Hootie & the Blowfish"Cracked Rear View". australian-charts. Hung Medien. Archived from the original (ASP) on February 20, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View". Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ .  
  12. ^ by Hootie & the Blowfish"Cracked Rear View". Chartstats.  
  13. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish — Billboard Albums".  
  14. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade — The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s.  
Preceded by
Friday by various artists
P•U•L•S•E by Pink Floyd
Pocahontas by various artists
E 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Dangerous Minds by various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 27 – June 23, 1995
July 1–7, 1995
July 29 – August 4, 1995
August 26 – September 1, 1995
September 30 – October 6, 1995
Succeeded by
P•U•L•S•E by Pink Floyd
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I by Michael Jackson
Dreaming of You by Selena
Dangerous Minds by various artists
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
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