Rascal Flatts have been one of country's best acts since they arrived on the scene in 2000. Each of their first seven albums from 2000 to 2010 have been certified Platinum or higher by the RIAA and for good reason. The group's songs have touched millions of fans with heartfelt lyrics and suave harmonies. Rascal Flatts have been nominated for Group of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards which will air Nov. 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. AXS is taking a look a the 5 best Rascal Flatts lyrics.
"I'm Movin' On" was released as the fourth single from the group's self-titled debut album. The song reached No. 4 on the country charts and became an early favorite. "I'm Movin' On" is a song that drains everything, acknowledging troubles and being at peace with oneself because the narrator is leaving town. It could also be a reference to an emotional state pertaining to a relationship that is no longer right.
"I've dealt with my ghosts and faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regret
I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I'm at peace with myself
I've been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long
I'm movin' on"
4. "I Melt"
The love song "I Melt" was released as the third single from the album Melt and peaked at No. 2 on the country singles chart. The song stirred controversy for its music video which contained nudity. It became the first video to show nudity on CMT and reached No. 1 on the network's Top Twenty Countdown while Great American Country refused to air the video when the band wouldn't release an edited version. The song describes a feeling of being so passionately in love.
"Don't know how you do it
I love the way I lose it every time
And what's even better
Is knowing that forever you're all mine
The closer you get, the more my body aches
One little stare from you is all it takes"
"What Hurts the Most" has a history behind it. The song of loss was originally recorded by Mark Wills in 2003, then pop singer Jo O'Meara released her own version in 2005. Faith Hill had also recorded the song for 2005's Fireflies but the track was cut from the final tracklisting. In 2006, Rascal Flatts released the song as the lead single from 2006's Me and My Gang. The song would go on to top the country and adult contemporary charts in the U.S. In the same year, Rascal Flatts performed "What Hurts the Most" with Kelly Clarkson at the Academy of Country Music Awards (Clarkson performed "I'm Movin' On" during her 2005 Hazel Eyes Tour).
"It's hard to deal with the pain of losin' you everywhere I go
But I'm doing it
It's hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I'm alone
Still harder gettin' up, gettin' dressed, livin' with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken"
2. "My Wish"
"My Wish" is also taken from 2006's Me and My Gang and became one of their most popular crossover singles. It would reach No. 28 on the Hot 100 songs chart, No. 13 on Hot AC and No. 49 on the former Pop 100. In August 2016, a new version of the song was recorded to celebrate the track's 10 year anniversary.
"My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too"
Recorded by several artists, "Bless the Broken Road" became a large hit with Rascal Flatts in 2005, reaching No. 1 on the country charts. Their version of the song earned songwriters Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. As of May 2017, the song has sold over 3.5 million copies in the U.S.
"I think about the years I spent just passing through
I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You've been there, you understand
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true"