6. Hootie and the Blowfish
The country was a divided place back in 1994. You were either on Team Newt Gingrich or Team Bill Clinton. You thought O.J. Simpson was a vicious murderer, or you thought he was framed by the LAPD. We were coming apart at the seams, and then Hootie and the Blowfish released Cracked Rear View and we came together. Everybody loved it. It was something that adults, children and people of all races could appreciate. Grunge was over and people were ready for something a little more uplifting. A South Carolina bar band were unlikely rock stars, but they quickly became the biggest thing in music. Yet even they knew it wouldn't last. When your debut goes platinum 16 freakin' times over, there's nowhere to go but down. It's simple gravity. Their 1996 LP, Fairweather Johnson, didn't live up to those impossibly high standards, and the public moved onto new exciting things, like Jewel and Hanson. Hootie never really broke up, and frontman Darius Rucker now has a new career as as country hitmaker.