In 1999 the American country music band known as Rascal Flatts started out at the Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar in Nashville, Tennessee. Founders Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, James Otto, and Michael English each came from their own musical backgrounds that include contemporary gospel and country. At the time DeMarcus was with another band, Chely Wright, where he met Joe Don Rooney, and Jim Riley. This particular lineup of Rascal Flatts earned a recommendation from Shenandoah’s Mila Mason that would ultimately lead them to a record deal and the official start to the group’s stardom. From 2000 until 2010, Rascal Flatts recorded for Disney Music Group’s Lyric Street Records saw them release six studio albums through that label. Each of these albums became certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). When Lyric Street closed up shop in 2010, Rascal Flatts moved onto Big Machine Records where four additional studio albums, plus a Christmas album were recorded and released between 2010 to 2017. The popularity of Rascal Flatts within the nations of Canada and the US was immense. When the announcement on January 7, 2020, mentioned the band was going to perform a farewell tour, then disband, fans were looking forward to the tour. However, complications revolving around the COVID-19 canceled the tour, as well as Rooney’s driving under the influence (DUI) arrest, resulting in the disbandment of Rascal Fatts occur October 2021. In addition to eleven studio albums, Rascal Flatts also has five compilation albums, two live albums, and three extended plays (EPs) to their credit. Of the forty songs released, twenty-two of them became chart hits. There are also thirty-nine music videos, as well as two video DVDs.
11. The Greatest Gift of All
The tenth studio album recorded by Rascal Flatts came out on October 21, 2016. Designed as a Christmas album, the country music band is also noted for its Christian values, which saw not just classic Christmas carols performed as tracks, but mostly gospel-related. There were four songs from this album that made chart appearances, starting with (Let It Snow), then (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing), which both appeared on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at numbers fifteen and twenty-one, respectively. (Joy to the World) charted at number thirty-nine in Canada, followed by (Someday at Christmas) at number thirty.
10. Back to Us
The final studio album Rascal Flatts recorded was (Back to Us), which was released on May 19, 2017. With Australia’s ARIA Country Albums chart, it was the number one seller while with the US Top Country Albums it was number two, and it was the third best-selling country album in the UK. There were two singles released from the album, starting with (Yours If You Want It), which peaked on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart at number one, plus it became an RIAA-certified gold hit. The title track was the second hit, which was a moderate success, charting at number forty-six on the same chart.
The ninth studio album, (Rewind), was released on May 13, 2014, and became the first album from Rascal Flatts that did not earn any RIAA certifications. However, its title track, which was released as a single, did become certified platinum, as did its fourth single, (I Like the Sound of That). I Like the Sound of That also became a number one hit on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart and was a number eight hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. As a single, Rewind charted as high as number three on the Airplay chart and at number four on the Hot Country Songs chart. The second and third singles that were also released from Rewind were (Payback) and (Riot) but did not break into the top ten as the other two hits did.
(Changed) was the seventh studio album recorded by Rascal Flatts, which was released on April 3, 2012. Unlike all the previous studio albums before it, instead of becoming certified platinum by the RIAA, it was certified gold. However, it still was the number one selling album on the US Top Country Albums during its debut week, which made it seven times in a row Rascal Flatts earned this particular achievement. Changed also became the number one selling album with the UK’s Official Chart Company’s Country edition. The influence of country music, which Rascal Flatts had been most instrumental about, spawned a collection of country music charts to pop up among nations like the UK, as well as Australia, where on that nation’s the ARIA Country Albums Chart saw Changed become the second best seller in that category. The album saw three charted singles that were released where (Banjo) and its title track each became certified gold hits. Banjo was the final occasion Rascal Flatts realized a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. (Come Wake Me Up) was the second single released, which followed directly behind Banjo, became an RIAA-certified platinum hit.
The sixth and final studio album Rascal Flatts recorded for the Lyric Streets Record label was released on April 7, 2009. This RIAA-certified platinum saw four hit singles released that started with (Here Comes Goodbye) as yet another chart-topping success on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. (Summer Nights) charted at number two, followed by (Why), which charted at number eighteen. The title track was the fourth single released and peaked as high as number seven.
6. Nothing Like This
Rascal Flatts’ seventh studio album was released on November 16, 2010, which was the first through the record label, Big Machine Records as Lyric Street Records closed down shop. The label switch didn’t seem to hurt the successful run of the group as (Nothing Like This) became yet another RIAA platinum-certified seller. It also became certified gold with Music Canada. There were three hit singles that were released from the album, starting with (Why Wait), which became the first number one hit for Rascal Flatts on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2010. (I Won’t Let Go) charted at number two and became certified platinum while (Easy) peaked at number three and also became certified platinum.
5. Still Feels Good
Released on September 25, 2007, (Still Feels Good) was the fifth studio album recorded and released by Rascal Flatts. For the third time in a row, the group saw its album become a number one seller on the US Billboard 200 and the US Billboard Top Country Albums charts. It also became a double-platinum certified seller with the RIAA for selling over two million copies within the US. There were five singles released from the album, starting with the US Hot Country Songs chart-topping single, (Take Me There). Its follow-up, (Winning at a Losing Game), peaked at number two, as the single released behind it, (Every Day). (Bob That Head) charted at number fifteen before (Here) was released as the album’s fifth single, yet second number-one hit.
4. Rascal Flatts
The self-titled debut album was released on June 6, 2000, and served as a big hello to music fans and critics that paved the way to see Rascal Flatts become one of the most popular and successful country music artists of all time. Both the album and the group also won over music fans from other genres, which contributed to it becoming a double-platinum success with the RIAA. The debut single, (Prayin’ For Daylight) became a number three hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a number-four hit on Canada’s Country Music chart, and a number thirty-eight hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Three additional singles released from the same album also became top ten hits. (This Everyday Love) peaked at number nine, followed by (While You Loved Me) at number seven, and (I’m Moving On) at number four.
The second studio album, (Melt), was released on October 29, 2002, and became an RIAA triple-platinum success for Rascal Flatts. It also became certified gold by Music Canada. It was the number one selling album according to the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart and it was number five on the US Billboard 200. The album produced four charting hit singles, starting with (These Days), which served as the first time the group experienced a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. (Love You Out Loud) and (I Melt) became a number three and a number two hit on the same chart, respectively, then followed by (Mayberry), which became the group’s second number-one hit.
2. Me and My Gang
(Me and My Gang) was released on April 4, 2006, as the fourth studio album recorded by Rascal Flatts and was a number one seller according to the US Billboard 200 and the US Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The formula of success the group had used so far in the previous three albums spared no effort here as it became a four-time-platinum seller with the RIAA, as well as certified platinum with Music Canada. There were five hits that came from the album, each of them earning chart success. The first of these singles was (What Hurts the Most), which became a five-time-platinum success in addition to topping the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It served to become the group’s signature song due to its success level and popularity. The second single released was (Me and My Gang), then the cover to Tom Cochrane’s hit, (Life is a Highway), which was also featured on the soundtrack of Cars and became a certified platinum hit. (My Wish) was the fourth single, which topped the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became another certified platinum success. (Stand) was the fifth and final hit from Me and My Gang and also topped the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
1. Feels Like Today
On February 28, 2004, Rascal Flatts released (Feels Like Today) as the group’s third studio album. On the US Billboard 200 and on the US Billboard Top Country Albums charts, it was the number one seller upon its debut. To date, over five million copies have been sold that have rendered Feels Like Today a five-time certified platinum seller with the RIAA, as well as platinum with Music Canada. There were four hit singles that came from the album, starting with its title track, then followed by the RIAA platinum hit, (Bless the Broken Road), which became a number one hit on the country music charts belonging to US Billboard and Canada. The third single, (Fast Cars and Freedom), also peaked number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became RIAA’s certified gold. (Skin (Sarabeth)) peaked at number two and became certified gold as well. On the US Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, the Selah version of Bless the Broken Road peaked at number five. Of all the eleven studio albums Rascal Flatts has ever produced, Feels Like Today earned the most amount recognition, as well as album sales.