Darius Rucker was surprised with a plaque celebrating the RIAA’s recent 8x-Platinum certification of his hit song “Wagon Wheel” during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum last week.
Since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks in 2013, “Wagon Wheel” has now become one of the top five best-selling Country songs of all time and Rucker is now the only solo male country act to achieve the honor of an 8x-plus multi-Platinum song in RIAA’s history.
“Wagon Wheel,” originally released by Old Crow Medicine Show in 2004, was written by the band’s lead singer, Ketch Secor, and was based on a sketch by Bob Dylan, who is credited as a co-writer. The single was featured on Rucker’s Gold-certified, No.1 album True Believers and has since accumulated over 960 million global streams.
“Wagon Wheel” also won a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, the third of Rucker’s career.
Darius posted to Instagram recently, “WOW! Top 5 country song of all time. This doesn’t feel real. I came to Nashville to make country music, and I didn’t expect success and I didn’t expect to be on the radio. What a testament to the fans and their love of Country music. Thank you!!!”