"Cracked Rear View," the blockbuster debut album from Hootie And The Blowfish, first reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart on May 27, 1995.
The band had formed in the mid-1980s at the University of South Carolina. After a few demo EPs in the early 1990s, the band put out "Cracked Rear View" through Atlantic Records in July, 1994.
While it took a while to gain steam (the album took 10 months to top the charts), it would go on to become one of the biggest sellers of all time, moving more than 15 million copies by the end of the decade. It was propelled by hits like "Let Her Cry," "Only Wanna Be With You" and "Hold My Hand."
"Cracked Rear View" took over number one from the soundtrack of the movie "Friday." It held on for four weeks, before being replaced by “P•U•L•S•E” by Pink Floyd. The album would go on to top the chart four more times, finally dropping out of the number one spot for good in October.