Why Wait (song)

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"Why Wait"
Rascal Flatts - Why Wait.jpg
Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Nothing Like This
Released August 2, 2010
Genre Country
Length 3:46
Label Big Machine
Writer(s) Neil Thrasher
Tom Shapiro
Jimmy Yeary[1]
Producer(s) Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"Why Wait"
"I Won't Let Go"

"Why Wait" is a song written by Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro, and Jimmy Yeary and recorded by American country music band Rascal Flatts. It was released in August 2010 as the first single from their seventh studio album Nothing Like This, released on November 16, 2010.[2] It is also their first single released by Big Machine Records.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Billy Zabka, was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada, following a story reminiscent of the comedy film The Hangover. David Arquette plays the man in the video who proposes to his girlfriend. Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and star of the History Channel original show Pawn Stars, makes a cameo appearance in the video when the Flatts and Arquette stop at the pawn shop to buy an engagement ring. Also in the video are cameos by Ron White, Carrot Top, Victoria Justice, Wayne Newton, and Penn and Teller.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Roughstock 4/5 stars[4]
American Twang (Thumbs Up)[1]
Country Universe (B+)[5]
The 1-to-10 Country Music Review 10/10 stars[6]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, saying the lyrics "may be 'cheesy' to some, but it fits right where we'd expect a Rascal Flatts song to go."[4] Giving it a "thumbs up," Jim Malec of American Twang thought that it was a return in sound to the band's earlier albums, also praising the "great details and images" of the lyrics as well as Gary LeVox's vocals.[1] Tara Seetharam gave the song a B+ rating, referring to it as "a tasteful, vintage-Flatts track marked by an infectious rush of joy." She positively commented on the production, lyrics, and LeVox's vocals, stating that "the song gets everything right."[5] Ben Foster of "The 1-to-10 Country Music Review" gave it ten stars out of ten, saying, "this is the best that the boys' voices have sounded in years and their signature three-part harmonies are fully intact and sounding great."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Why Wait" debuted at No. 34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for the week of August 14, 2010,[7] and became the group's eleventh Number One hit for the week of December 18, 2010.

Chart (2010–11) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 48
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 60

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 47
Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 66
Preceded by
"If I Die Young"
by The Band Perry
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

December 18 – 25, 2010
Succeeded by
"Turn On the Radio"
by Reba


  1. ^ a b c Malec, Jim (August 3, 2010). "Song Review: Rascal Flatts — "Why Wait"". American Twang. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/957146/rascal-flatts-to-release-nothing-like-this-on-big-machine
  3. ^ "Rascal Flatts Sign With Big Machine Records". CMT. July 29, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (July 29, 2010). "Rascal Flatts – "Why Wait"". Roughstock. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Seetharam, Tara (August 13, 2010). "Single Review: Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"". Country Universe. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Foster, Ben (August 16, 2010). "Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"". The 1-to-10 Country Music Review. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Top Country Songs & Charts, Country Music Hits – Billboard.com
  8. ^ "Rascal Flatts – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rascal Flatts.
  9. ^ "Rascal Flatts – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Rascal Flatts.
  10. ^ "Rascal Flatts – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Rascal Flatts.
  11. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.