Cracked Rear View is the major-label debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish, released on July 5, 1994 by Atlantic Records.
Cracked Rear View is Hootie & the Blowfish's most successful album to date. It was the highest-selling album of 1995, with 10.5 million shipments that year alone, eventually shipping 16 million copies to retailers by March 31, 1999 and selling 10.2 million copies by May 16, 2012. It is the joint eighteenth best selling album of all time in the United States. Cracked Rear View reached number one on the Billboard 200 five times.
Critical reviews of Cracked Rear View were mostly positive. The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four and a half stars out of five, and said that it was "the success story of 1994/1995." He also said, "Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks."
All songs written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld.