Why (Rascal Flatts song)
|Single by Rascal Flatts|
|from the album Unstoppable|
|Released||September 29, 2009|
|Format||CD single, music download|
|Writer(s)||Rob Mathes, Allen Shamblin|
|Producer(s)||Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts|
|Rascal Flatts singles chronology|
"Why" is a song recorded by American country 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.
The song is a slow-tempo song, sung from the perspective of a man whose close friend has committed suicide. All three members of Rascal Flatts said that they had difficulty recording the song, because they all knew someone close to them that committed suicide.
Roughstock gave the song a favorable review. Bobby Peacock of the website says of the song, “The lyrics alone are beautiful.” The song also received special mention in Matt Bjorke's original review of the Unstoppable album, where he wrote that "Levox has NEVER sounded better vocally." 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."
"Why" peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for November 14, 2009. It held the peak before falling to number 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 "Changed" reached number 20 in May 2013.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||18|
|US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||2|
- Roughstock “Why” Review
- Roughstock “Unstoppable” Review
- Neal, Chris (2009-11-16). "Reviews: Singles". Country Weekly 16 (40): 54. ISSN 1074-3235.
- "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rascal Flatts.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 732. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.