Me and My Gang

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Me and My Gang
Studio album by Rascal Flatts
Released April 4, 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Country, country pop
Length 51:31
Label Lyric Street
Producer Dann Huff
Rascal Flatts chronology
Feels Like Today
(2004)
Me and My Gang
(2006)
Still Feels Good
(2007)
Singles from Me and My Gang
  1. "What Hurts the Most"
    Released: January 9, 2006
  2. "Me and My Gang"
    Released: April 17, 2006
  3. "Life Is a Highway"
    Released: June 6, 2006
  4. "My Wish"
    Released: August 28, 2006
  5. "Stand"
    Released: January 22, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]

Me and My Gang is the fourth studio album from the American country music group Rascal Flatts. It was released on April 4, 2006. The album became the highest US debut of 2006, with 721,747 units[3] and went double platinum in the first month of release.[4][5] The album logged three weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. It was the second-best selling album (behind High School Musical) and the best selling country album of 2006. It has sold 4.918 million copies in the United States as of the chart dated March 24, 2012[6] and was certified 5× Platinum.[4]

On April 25, 2007 Rascal Flatts performed "My Wish" on American Idol as part of the special, Idol Gives Back.[7]

The singles released from this album included "What Hurts the Most", which was a Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. This was followed by the title track (which reached a peak of number 6), and then the Number One hits "My Wish" and "Stand". Later presses of the album also included a cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" (a cover previously included in the soundtrack to the 2006 film Cars) as a bonus track. This cover, though not released to country radio, charted at number 18 on the country charts, overlapping with "My Wish". A video was made for "He Ain't the Leavin' Kind" though it was never released as a single.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stand"   Blair Daly, Danny Orton 3:28
2. "What Hurts the Most"   Steve Robson, Jeffrey Steele 3:34
3. "Backwards"   Marcel, Tony Mullins 3:48
4. "I Feel Bad"   Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley, Jason Sellers 3:18
5. "My Wish"   Steele, Steve Robson 4:08
6. "Pieces"   Monty Powell, Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox 4:07
7. "Yes I Do"   Wally Wilson, Jimmy Yeary 4:16
8. "To Make Her Love Me"   Thrasher, Mobley, DeMarcus 4:08
9. "Words I Couldn't Say"   Steve Robson, Tammi Kidd, Gregory Becker 4:35
10. "Me and My Gang"   Steele, Mullins, Jon Stone 3:37
11. "Cool Thing"   Thrasher, Mobley, Rooney 3:51
12. "Ellsworth"   Thrasher, Mobley, Michael Dulaney 4:01
13. "He Ain't the Leavin' Kind"   Thrasher, Dulaney 4:33
Total length:
51:31

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[8]

Rascal Flatts[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

String section[edit]

"My Wish" and "Words I Couldn't Say"[edit]

  • Charlie Bisharat, Roberto Cani, Mario deLeon, Armen Garabedian, Peter Kent, Alyssa Park, Tereza Stanislav, Josefina Vergara, John Wittenberg – violins
  • Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Daniel Smith – cellos

"To Make Her Love Me"[edit]

  • Carl Gorodetzky, Pam Sixfin, Conni Ellisor, Dave Davidson – violins
  • Kris Wilkinson, Gary Vanosdale – violas
  • Carole Rabinowitz – cello

Strings on "My Wish" and "Words I Couldn't Say" arranged and conducted by David Campbell. Strings on "To Make Her Love Me" arranged and conducted by Charlie Judge.

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Japan (Oricon) 37
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 1
U.S. Top Country Albums[9] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US
Pop
US
AC
CAN
2006 "What Hurts the Most" 1 6 11 1
"Me and My Gang" 6 50 71
"Life Is a Highway" 18 7 9
"My Wish" 1 28 49 13
2007 "Stand" 1 46 80 54
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Platinum
United States (RIAA)[11] 5× Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Me and My Gang review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (April 17, 2006). "Me & My Gang review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rascal Flatts' 'Gang' Takes Over No. 1
  4. ^ a b Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang Quadruple Platinum
  5. ^ Rascal Flatts "Me and My Gang" goes double platinum
  6. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Top Albums Of Last 10 Years". Chart Watch. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Rascal Flatts to perform on American Idol
  8. ^ Me and My Gang (CD liner notes). Rascal Flatts. Lyric Street Records. 2006. 165058. 
  9. ^ a b Rascal Flatts Chart History
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rascal Flatts – Me and My Gang". Music Canada. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Rascal Flatts – Me and My Gang". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
King by T.I.
Billboard 200 number one album
April 16, 2006 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
IV by Godsmack
Preceded by
Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 22 - June 9, 2006
Succeeded by
Taking the Long Way by Dixie Chicks
Preceded by
If You're Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 12 - September 1, 2006
Succeeded by
Dangerous Man by Trace Adkins
Preceded by
Dangerous Man by Trace Adkins
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 16 - October 6, 2006
Succeeded by
Live: Live Those Songs Again by Kenny Chesney
Preceded by
Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood
Top Country Albums number-one album
January 20 - February 2, 2007
Succeeded by
Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood