Why (Rascal Flatts song)

"Why" is a song recorded by American country music band Rascal Flatts. It is the third single from their sixth studio album, Unstoppable. It was released to radio stations on September 29, 2009 and debuted at number 44 on the U.S. Billboard US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 10, 2009. It was written by Rob Mathes and Allen Shamblin.

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Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Unstoppable
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)
LabelLyric Street
Songwriter(s)Rob Mathes, Allen Shamblin
Producer(s)Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"Summer Nights"

The song was recorded earlier by Faith Hill for a possible inclusion on her 2005 album Fireflies, but ultimately did not make the cut. It was eventually released in 2016 on Deep Tracks.[1]


The song is a ballad, sung from the perspective of a man whose close friend has died by suicide. All three members of Rascal Flatts stated that they had experienced some degree of difficulty recording the song, because each member knew someone close to them that suffered the same fate.

Critical receptionEdit

Roughstock gave the song a favorable review. Bobby Peacock of the website says of the song, “The lyrics alone are beautiful.”[2] Chris Neal of Country Weekly gave it three stars out of five, saying that lead singer Gary LeVox "handles the lyric as delicately as its subject matter[…] calls for" but said that the "climactic arena rock guitar solo[…]rob[s] some of the song of its intimacy."[3]

Chart performanceEdit

"Why" peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for November 14, 2009. It held the peak before falling to No. 19 on the week of November 28 before returning to number 18 a week later. The song did not reach the Billboard Hot 100 proper, but peaked at number 2 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, which is equivalent to number 102 on Hot 100. It was the lowest-peaking official single release of Rascal Flatts' career until "Back to Us" reached number 46 in 2017.

Chart (2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 18
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[5] 2


  1. ^ Bonaguro, Alison (November 21, 2016). "Faith Hill: "Rebel Without Walls"". CMT. Viacom. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Roughstock “Why” Review
  3. ^ Neal, Chris (2009-11-16). "Reviews: Singles". Country Weekly. 16 (40): 54. ISSN 1074-3235.
  4. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 732. ISBN 978-0-89820-188-8.

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