Darius Rucker says he's always been a sucker for a country shuffle.

The lead singer for the rock/pop group Hootie & the Blowfish has a Top 5 country hit with his solo single "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."

The tune is a ballad instead of a shuffle, but Rucker is thrilled nonetheless.

"We expected some success, but this is unbelievable," he said Thursday from his home in Charleston, S.C.

His country CD, "Learn to Live," comes out Sept. 16.