On This Day: Rascal Flatts Release Self-Titled Debut Album in 2000

by Emily Morgan

As one of the most accomplished country acts of the 2000s and into the 2010s, Rascal Flatts took the world by storm when they released their debut album in 2000. 

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney released the Rascal Flatts on June 6, 2000. As a result, they produced four Top 10 singles. It got even better for the band: it also hit No. 3 on the country charts. 

At the 2001 ACM Awards, the group earned the ACM’s Top New Vocal Duo or Group honor. 

A well-known song from the band, “Prayin’ for Daylight,” debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks at the time of its release. The song also spent thirty-one weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, reaching a peak of number 3. Beyond commercial success, “Prayin’ for Daylight” not only put Rascal Flatts on the map in country music, but it also cemented their place as an act unlike any other. 

Rascal Flatts Captures Country Music Mastery With Hit Songs

Additionally, the album also gave fans the fourth single: “I’m Movin’ On.” Written by Phillip White alongside D. Vincent Williams, the song tells an emotional story about choosing to put demons to rest and move on with your life. The song also hit the charts, landing at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Moreso, “I’m Movin’ On” was also named Song of the Year at the 38th annual ACM Awards.

Despite not being released as a single, “Long Slow Beautiful Dance” captured airtime on country radio stations and quickly became a fan favorite. The emotional song begins with a slow dance and transitions to hoping that a relationship will last forever. 

Another hit from the album was the track “While You Loved Me.” Released as the third single from the record, the ballad broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaked at No. 7.

Again, the song is full of emotional heaviness surrounding an intense love that sadly comes to an end. The group reflects on their feelings about the relationship, singing, “I was born the day you kissed me, And I died inside the night you left me, But I lived, oh, how I lived (I lived), While you loved me.”

After the album’s release, it sold 2,303,000 in the United States, and the RIAA has certified the album platinum two times.