The 20 Best Rascal Flatts Songs Are Emotional Adventures
The best Rascal Flatts songs are adventurous, emotional and likely to get stuck in your head for days. The 20 songs on this list of the best Rascal Flatts songs represent two decades of hitmaking. Is there more to come?
The group announced a Farewell Tour for 2020 in January 2020. It might be the last chance fans have to see them perform their greatest hits on stage ... but that seems unlikely. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney would only outright say the tour a chance to say thank you to fans, adding that they'll keep making music and may even do so collectively in the future.
"We’re not gonna sign some pact that says we’re never gonna tour again or something like that. We all still love each other," DeMarcus tells CBS This Morning.
New music is coming, too, but for now we're left with the best songs from ten studio albums, several EPs, a couple holiday and compilation albums and one movie soundtrack. Ballads like "Bless the Broken Road" and "What Hurts the Most" are ranked high, partially for their crossover appeal, but mostly because of the way they make us feel. More playful country-inspired jams like "Banjo" and "Me and My Gang" make the list because they're too dang fun to dismiss.
"Life Is a Highway" and "Prayin' for Daylight" are live staples you'd expect to see on any Best Rascal Flatts Songs list, and we got 'em. Listen to your favorites below, or in one place in the playlist above. There we've also included two acoustic performances captured at a studio in Nashville.
"Love You Out Loud"From 'Melt' (2002)
If you had to choose one song to describe early Rascal Flatts' music, it might be "Love You Out Loud," a Top 5 hit from 2003. This song doesn't lean too far in any one direction, but is a satisfying listen from top to bottom and a song that gets stuck in your head for no particular reason. It's just good.
"Here Comes Goodbye"From 'Unstoppable' (2009)
"Here Comes Goodbye" was a No. 1 song for Rascal Flatts in 2009 and was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. It's the story of a guy sitting at home, knowing bad news and heartbreak is literally on his doorstep. Anyone who has been dumped can relate to this story and put faces from the past on the characters Gary LeVox describes in detail. It's not the best breakup song on the Best Rascal Flatts Songs list, but it's close.
"Mayberry"From 'Melt' (2002)
"Mayberry" is a little cheesy, but plenty of fun. The 2004 radio hit introduced a new style for Rascal Flatts, one they'd go back to on later albums with songs like "Bob That Head" and "Banjo." This entry on the Best Rascal Flatts Songs list was a No. 1 hit for the band — their second — and one fans still turn up loud when they need to unplug from life for a bit.
"Fast Cars and Freedom"From 'Feels Like Today' (2004)
By the time Rascal Flatts released "Fast Cars and Freedom" to radio in 2005, they were rolling. This would become their fourth No. 1 hit and one of the most-played songs of the year. It was a great live song with soaring guitars and a strong chorus.
"These Days"From 'Melt' (2002)
As country fans, we're suckers for nostalgic love songs, and Rascal Flatts led their second album Melt off with a good one, written by future songmaster Jeffrey Steele and company. The trio's tight harmonies ring brightly through a chorus you don't forget after one listen. This was Rascal Flatts' first No. 1 hit.
"Why Wait"From 'Nothing Like This' (2010)
"Why Wait" kicked of the second verse of Rascal Flatts' career, their time on Big Machine Records. The pop-friendly jam was a love song under a lot of pressure, but they pulled all the stops to ensure they had a hit. As you watch the music video for this chart-topper, look for Carrot Top, Penn and Teller and comedian Ron White.
"Summer Nights"From 'Unstoppable' (2009)
Country critics appreciated "Summer Nights" for its carefree charm, even if Entertainment Weekly said it sounded like it came from the High School Musical soundtrack. Yeah, it's a little over the top — or maybe just over-the-top enough to enjoy without looking over your shoulder. The Top 5 hit from 2009 still sounds great live.
"Me and My Gang"From 'Me and My Gang' (2006)
In truth, Rascal Flatts' "gang" doesn't sound very fearsome, and this guitar-jammer is a little corny, but dang is it fun to shout "Rock this thing / Cock this thing" with 20,000 fans at an outdoor festival. The Top 10 makes this list for its live appeal.
"I Like the Sound of That"From 'Rewind' (2014)
Meghan Trainor and Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney helped write "I Like the Sound of That," a No. 1 song from the trio's Rewind album. The arrangement gallops along as LeVox strings long vocals across each verse before a delightfully harmonic chorus. Compare this to early Flatts songs to see how the men improved sonically.
"My Wish"From 'Me and My Gang' (2006)
"My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to / Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small / You never need to carry more than you can hold," Rascal Flatts sing on "My Wish," a song on the Best Rascal Flatts Songs list. How can you not be down with that message? The song is not only a great lyric, but it was wildly successful on country radio and beyond. One day this could be the band's first double-Platinum single.
"Changed"From 'Changed' (2012)
This isn't just a great Rascal Flatts song, it's an important Rascal Flatts song. "Changed" finds LeVox giving back to God, something he did with great skill throughout his career and something he's likely to do should the band call it quits for good. While not a huge country radio hit, it scored success on Christian radio. Look for Nashville actor Charles Esten in the music video.
"Yours If You Want It"From 'Back to Us (2017)
"Yours If You Want It" is the newest addition to this list of Rascal Flatts' best songs. The 2017 hit was a smash during live shows first, but as it moved its way up radio airplay charts, it became clear the trio were as strong as ever. It's a great song with a fun, everyman video.
"I Melt"From 'Melt' (2002)
Other love songs found on this list of the best Rascal Flatts songs are sweet, or romantic. This song — and its steamy video — is just plain sexy. Gary LeVox helped write the 2003 Top 5 hit that caused a little stir for a scene in the music video that showed Joe Don Rooney's bare butt. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but it was enough to make people hot, in more ways than one.
"Skin"From 'Feels Like Today' (2004)
This song on the Best Rascal Flatts Songs list was an album cut, a hidden album cut until a radio station deejay in a major market gave it a few spins and the song charted. The band would later release the song as a single, and by the end of 2005 approximately 99 percent of country music fans had shed a tear or faked allergies while listening. OK, we can't verify that statistic. "Skin" ended up being a Top 5 hit.
"Banjo"From 'Changed' (2012)
This song deserved more. It was a No. 1 hit, but it's not in the first-round conversation of the best Rascal Flatts songs — at least it wasn't, until now. Check out Ashley Campbell in a music video that will just make you feel real good about country music.
"Prayin' for Daylight"From 'Rascal Flatts' (2000)
"Prayin' for Daylight" was Jay Demarcus, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox's first single, and it became a Top 5 hit and put them on the map in country music and beyond. Their polished sound reached fans outside of the genre. It would be eight years before they released a single that didn't land in the Top 10.
"Life Is a Highway"From the 'Cars' Soundtrack (2006)
While not a Rascal Flatts original, this Tom Cochrane song scored the band big points on a national scale. "Life Is a Highway" was included in the Pixar movie Cars and even won Favorite Song from a Movie at the 33rd People's Choice Awards in January 2007. It is one of several Platinum singles for Rascal Flatts, and many feel it was just as good as Cochrane's original. This song on the Top 20 Rascal Flatts Songs list shows the band's ability to reach ears beyond country music.
"What Hurts the Most"From 'Me and My Gang' (2006)
This is actually a cover song, first recorded by Mark Wills in 2003. But Rascal Flatts made it a hit — and their best breakup song ever. The song was a multi-week No. 1 on country charts and entered the Top 10 on AC and Pop charts. Many of the best songs on this Rascal Flatts Songs list went Platinum for one million singles sold.
"I'm Movin' On"From 'Rascal Flatts' (2000)
"I'm Movin' On" is Rascal Flatts' only ACM Award-winning song, taking Song of the Year in 2003. The tender ballad is a brilliant lyric performed like Gary LeVox had lived it. And he may have, at least through the fans that shared their stories. This song is as important as "Prayin' for Daylight," their first hit song on the radio, because it established the trio as a group capable of varied messages and approaches.
"Bless the Broken Road"From 'Feels Like Today' (2004)
How one ranks the Top 3 songs the 20 Best Rascal Flatts Songs list provides a window into each person's feelings on love. Been through a bad breakup? "What Hurts the Most" probably sounds better. "Bless the Broken Road" made the list of Top 100 Country Songs of all-time. The chart-topper is their finest love song, reaching a wide audience with more than one million singles sold. The 2004 hit continues to be a mushy highlight at live shows. It's the ultimate hand-in-the-back-pocket moment.