Rascal Flatts — Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney — have seen a lot success for the reason that trio’s inception in 1999. The band boasts 11 studio albums and greater than a dozen No. 1 songs, and so they’re the most-awarded nation group of the previous decade, with over 40 trophies from the CMAs, AMAs, ACMs and extra to their title.

2020 marks the group’s 20th anniversary of creating music collectively. Within the time main as much as the massive milestone, they started embarking on artistic new ventures, each independently and collectively. DeMarcus launched a memoir that shared components of his life followers had by no means identified earlier than, resembling the truth that early in his profession, he had a daughter who was put up for adoption. On knowledgeable word, he launched his personal Christian music label, known as Purple Avenue Data.

As a bunch, Rascal Flatts put the brakes on releasing new full-length albums, though they loved releasing stand-alone songs resembling “Again to Life.” In late 2018, they shocked followers with a brand new throwback EP, Jukebox, impressed by their stay set. On the finish of 2019, they teased a “loopy 12 months” to have a good time their 20 years as a bunch.

On Tuesday (Jan. 7), the group introduced plans to name it quits. On the identical time, they revealed {that a} farewell tour was within the works. Although their time collectively could also be coming to a detailed, the three members of Rascal Flatts had been excited to stay up for the long run, saying that “new chapters, new journeys and new beginnings” lay forward.

To spherical up simply 10 of the Flatts’ finest songs is sort of the feat, however right here is The Boot’s take.

  • 10

    “Prayin’ for Daylight”

    From: ‘Rascal Flatts’ (2000)

    It is becoming that the Flatts’ debut single, “Prayin’ for Daylight,” kicks off this High 10 record. It was the primary tune they ever reduce as a bunch, launched in February of 2000, and DeMarcus says that it was the primary tune their former label, Lyric Avenue, ever heard them sing, turning into extremely instrumental of their file deal. For the trio, the primary time was the allure, as “Prayin’ for Daylight” peaked at No. Three on the Canadian nation charts and caught round for 31 weeks on the Billboard Sizzling Nation Singles & Tracks chart, peaking at No. 1. “Prayin’ for Daylight” not solely put Rascal Flatts on the map in nation music, it additionally solidified their place as an act that would do no mistaken — and it will be eight years earlier than they dropped a single that did not hit the High 10.

  • 9

    “Again to Life”

    (2018)

    In 2018, Rascal Flatts dropped the stand-alone single “Again to Life,” a candy tribute to the sort of relationship that invigorates and helps each folks in love. The group says it is an homage to the particular ladies of their lives, and that is true for the songwriters who penned it, too. Artists Niko Moon and Dan & Shay’s Shay Mooney co-wrote the observe, together with Cary Barlowe and Fred Willhelm.

  • 8

    “Me and My Gang”

    From: ‘Me and My Gang’ (2006)

    Rascal Flatts’ fourth studio album, Me and My Gang, was the best-selling nation album of 2006 and was licensed five-times platinum. Its title observe will get followers on their toes throughout stay exhibits: It is a rowdy, electrical guitar-heavy, full-of-fun tune, and with lyrics like, “Dude named Elrod / Jammin’ on an iPod,” within the combine, what’s to not like?

  • 7

    “Rewind”

    From: ‘Rewind’ (2014)

    Rascal Flatts do love songs proper, and “Rewind” isn’t any exception. As their 33rd single and first from their studio album of the identical title, “Rewind” (written by nation duo Dan + Shay) proved that the trio remains to be within the sport. DeMarcus tells USA As we speak that the tune “felt like a great way to bridge the hole between acquainted Rascal Flatts and a brand new period of Rascal Flatts.” “Rewind” stays true to who the trio is as a bunch, with buttery-smooth vocals and complicated harmonies, whereas additionally pushing the envelope a bit into a brand new period for the band.

    “I felt like, much more with this album, we had one thing to show and an enormous assertion to make,” DeMarcus tells Style of Nation. “We love those that say they’re influenced by us, however we’re nonetheless within the sport to win it, to not be one of many previous guys left sitting round.”

  • 6

    “Life Is a Freeway”

    From: the ‘Automobiles’ soundtrack (2006)

    The debut of Pixar’s Automobiles corresponded with a nationwide frenzy over “Life Is a Freeway,” the Tom Cochrane tune that the Flatts coated for the movie’s soundtrack. It gained Favourite Tune From a Film on the Folks’s Selection Awards in January of 2007 and earned the trio a platinum certification. As pleasant to younger ears as it’s to grown-up ones, “Life Is a Freeway” slot in completely with the film’s theme. Its reputation was instantaneous: “Life Is a Freeway” grew to become a High 10 Billboard Sizzling 100 hit and zoomed as much as No. 18 on nation radio charts regardless that it was by no means formally launched to nation radio.

  • 5

    “Mayberry”

    From: ‘Soften’ (2002)

    The fictional city of Mayberry, N.C., from The Andy Griffith Present, is the place this Rascal Flatts tune will get its title. “Mayberry” seems to be longingly on the easy-going life the city provided: Sunday was a day of relaxation, the small-town people knew each other by first title, and also you handed the time sitting on the porch and consuming cherry Coke. The 2004 crossover hit resonated with followers, sitting fairly at No. 1 on the nation charts.

  • 4

    “I Soften”

    From: ‘Soften’ (2002)

    Co-written by LeVox, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher, “I Soften” was red-hot with nation followers, peaking at No. 2. “The nearer you get, the extra my physique aches / One little stare from you is all it takes,” the trio sings on this sultry, attractive and slightly irresistible observe. The music video for “I Soften” was extra controversial: It was the first-ever video to indicate nudity on CMT, that includes a shot of guitarist Rooney’s naked bottom and mannequin Christina Auria showering within the nude. It was a sizzling subject for multiple purpose and was banned by GAC. Nonetheless, followers had been fired up concerning the video, capturing it as much as No. 1 on CMT’s High 20 Countdown.

  • 3

    “My Want”

    From: ‘Me and My Gang’ (2006)

    “My Want” isn’t the kind of tune you’d sing to your greatest rival, however its message is one which promotes a good-hearted feeling amongst all. “My want for you is that this life turns into all that you really want it to / Your desires keep huge, and your worries keep small,” begins the refrain, and any fan would discover themselves feeling extra lighthearted after a hear. “My Want” was the third single from Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang album and have become one of many trio’s hottest crossover singles, reaching No. 1 on the nation charts and No. 28 on the Billboard Sizzling 100.

  • 2

    “What Hurts the Most”

    From: ‘Me and My Gang’ (2006)

    “What Hurts the Most,” launched in 2006, was a canopy tune, beforehand recorded by nation music artist Mark Willis and later by pop singer Jo O’Meara. Nonetheless, when the Flatts labored their magic on it, it grew to become their fifth No. 1 and earned the group two Grammy nominations. It is fairly probably one of many saddest breakup songs we have heard, centered on misplaced love and “by no means understanding what may have been.” The music video took it one step additional, because the boyfriend within the tune is killed in a automobile accident, making it actually a tune about love misplaced … without end.

  • 1

    “Bless the Damaged Highway”

    From: ‘Feels Like As we speak’ (2004)

    “Bless the Damaged Highway” gained Rascal Flatts a Grammy for Finest Nation Tune, and it additionally helped them win over legions of followers, with over a million singles bought, a platinum certification and the No. 1 spot on Billboard for 5 weeks. The tune’s poetic lyrics will tug at even the largest cynic’s heartstrings: “Each long-lost dream led me to the place you’re / Others who broke my coronary heart, they had been like Northern stars / Pointing me on my manner into your loving arms / This a lot I do know is true / That God blessed the damaged street / That led me straight to you.” As of 2013, the tune had bought over 3 million downloads, exhibiting that nation followers are suckers for love.





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