"I could never open my mouth and sing it like that because it's too great. I don't want to do it," Rucker initially told his producer of the chart-topping single.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 23, 2021

Once you hear Darius Rucker's "Come Back Song," there's an 100% chance you'll be singing it in your head for the next, oh, 48 hours. As fans of the South Carolina born artist well know, it's just that catchy. And part of what makes the tune off of Rucker's 2010 solo album Charleston, SC 1966 is the singer's warm-yet-assertive signature vocals, of course. Can you picture anyone else crooning the tune?

Darius Rucker Hootie & the Blowfish With Barenaked Ladies In Concert - Nashville, TN
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Well, as it turns out, "Come Back Song" could have very well forged a different path, as we recently learned from RADIO.COM's "Superstar Power Hour" with Katie Neal. Co-written by Rucker with Casey Beathard, and Chris Stapleton, before he broke into the spotlight, Rucker explained how he almost shied away from taking on the tune for his album: "This was the very last writing session for my record...We demoed it and Chris sang the demo," he shared, noting how blown away by Stapleton's vocals he was. Then, when selecting songs for Rucker's upcoming record, pressure mounted for Rucker to sing the tune. "[My producer asked] 'what about this '"Come Back Song?"'... He asks every day about 'Come Back Song', that's not an exaggeration...So, the last day of recording [my producer] goes, 'hey man, why don't you want to record the song? I think it's a great song, I think it's a hit.' I was like, 'man, have you heard the demo?! I could never sing it like that. He kills that song. I could never open my mouth and sing it like that because it's too great. I don't want to do it.'"

Ultimately, the producer persevered and convinced Rucker to change some things around and record the track, and we're sure glad he did. "And of course, it was the first single off the record," added Rucker. It also went on to become a #1 single on Billboard's U.S. Hot Country Songs chart, to boot.

Talk about a comeback for "Come Back Song." We're sure glad it wound up in your capable vocal chords, Mr. Rucker.