Rascal Flatts, comprised of Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, has built quite the impressive career. Since bursting onto the country music scene in 2000, the trio has released 10 albums, earned 17 chart-topping singles and taken home more than 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more.
Rascal Flatts’ 19+ year career was built one great songs, so we’re taking a look back on 10 of their best.
Here are the 10 best songs ever recorded by Rascal Flatts.
10. “Take Me There”
Written by Kenny Chesney, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher from Still Feels Good (2007)
Co-written by superstar Kenny Chesney, “Take Me There” was Rascal Flatts’ eighth No.1 single and lead-off release from the trio’s 2007 Still Feels Good album. Chesney later opened up about his decision to not record the song telling CMT, “I felt that melodically, I had already been there. It’s a great song, but it just didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like it was meant to be on my record. Obviously, I was right because Rascal Flatts cut a great [version].”
9. “Yours If You Want It”
Written by Andrew Dorff and Jonathan Singleton from Back To Us (2017)
“Yours If You Want It” was released just days after songwriter Andrew Dorff tragically lost his life. The band viewed the song as a tribute to the late songwriter and hoped to continue his legacy with the song’s release. The track was a big hit for the band, becoming Rascal Flatts’ 14th chart-topping single. The production of the song was reminiscent of the trio’s earlier work and served as the introduction to their tenth studio album, Back To Us.
Written by Arlos Smith from Melt (2002)
Fans instantly connected with “Mayberry,” which was written in reference to the fictional town portrayed in the popular 1960s television show, The Andy Griffith Show. The lyrics find the narrator longing for simpler times and a place “where people pass by and you call them by their first name.” “Mayberry” was the group’s second No.1 hit.
Written by Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and Eric Paslay from Rewind (2014)
The trio released “Rewind” with hopes that the tune would “bridge the gap between familiar Rascal Flatts and a new era of Rascal Flatts.” The group managed to achieve their goal, making “Rewind” a fresh take on their signature sound.
6. “I Like the Sound of That”
Written by Jesse Frasure, Shay Mooney and Meghan Trainor from Rewind (2014)
“I Like the Sound of That” is a charming mid-tempo track that is reminiscent of the band’s early days. The song reached the top of the charts in 2016, becoming their first No.1 since 2012’s “Banjo.”
5. “Prayin’ for Daylight”
Written by Steve Bogard and Rick Giles from Rascal Flatts (2000)
Country music fans were first introduced to Rascal Flatts in the year 2000 with the release of the band’s debut single, “Prayin’ for Daylight.” Not only was it the first song they ever cut as a trio, “Prayin’ for Daylight” was instrumental in the band signing a recording contract with Lyric Street Records. The song showcased the Rascal Flatts’ unique sound and outstanding harmonies and remains a fan favorite to this day.
4. “I’m Movin’ On”
Written by Phillip White and D. Vincent Williams from Rascal Flatts (2000)
Proving that music can truly help one heal, “I’m Movin’ On” was an inspiration to so many. Whether fans were trying to overcome a breakup, a medical ailment, an addiction or something else entirely, the inspirational lyrics of this ballad resonated with listeners. “I’m Movin’ On” was awarded Song of the Year at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
3. “What Hurts the Most”
Written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson from Me and My Gang (2006)
Many fans may not realize that “What Hurts the Most,” which is one of Rascal Flatts biggest commercial hits, is a cover song. Country singer Mark Wills first recorded the track in 2003 but never released it as a single. Lucky for fans, the song had a chance to be heard on country radio when Rascal Flatts released it in 2006. “What Hurts the Most” was the band’s fifth No.1 single and was nominated for two Grammys.
2. “These Days”
Written by Jeffrey Steele, Steve Robson and Danny Wells from Melt (2002)
“These Days” is Rascal Flatts’ very first chart-topping single and one of the most recognizable songs in the band’s catalog. The lyrics tell the story of a man who runs into his ex and confesses that he still thinks of her often even though a lot of time has passed since they parted ways. Fun fact: Jay DeMarcus met his wife Allison Alderson on the set of the “These Days” music video. Alderson was cast as LeVox’s love interest, but it was DeMarcus who caught her eye when the cameras stopped rolling.
1. “Bless the Broken Road”
Written by Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna from Feels Like Today (2004)
A popular wedding song, “Bless the Broken Road” is Rascal Flatts’ most successful single to date. The sweet love song topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and won a Grammy for Best Country Song. “Bless the Broken Road” was a crossover hit as well, making waves on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts (among others). Like “What Hurts the Most,” “Bless the Broken Road” is also a cover song. The track was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994 but was never released as a single.