On This Day: Rascal Flatts Tops Country Music Charts With ‘Me and My Gang’ in 2006

by Katie Maloney
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15 years ago Rascal Flatts released their friendship anthem, “Me and My Gang.”

“Me and My Gang” was the second single and title track from Rascal Flatts fourth studio album of the same name. The band released the song in 2006 and it peaked in the number six spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Additionally, the album soared in popularity. The “Me and My Gang” album had the highest US album debut in 2006. It sold 721,747 units in its first week. Additionally, by the end of the year, it was the second-best-selling album of 2006 with a total of 3.5 million sales. The best-selling album of the year went to the “High School Musical” soundtrack. “Me and My Gang” spent three weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard top 200 albums chart.

The song is about coming together as friends no matter what your background is. During the song, the group sings, “It’s a brother and a sister kind of thing. Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with me and my gang. We live to ride. We ride to live. Me and my gang. Jump on that train. Grab hold of them reins. We’re gonna rock this thing. Cock this thing. Me and my gang.

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Rascal Flatts’s “Me and My Gang”

Rascal Flatts Lead Singer Gary LeVox Requested That One Of The Song’s Original Lines Be Changed

Songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Jon Stone, and Tony Mullins wrote “Me and My Gang.” During an interview in 2009, Mullins and Steele talked about how the song came to be.

Mullins said that he came up with the song’s main riff while working on another song. When Jeffrey Steele heard the riff he knew it fit perfectly with a title he had been working on at the time, “Me and My Gang.” After hearing a demo of the song, Rascal Flatts decided to record it for their fourth studio album. However, while recording the song, lead singer Gary LeVox wasn’t vibing with one of the lines. The original lyrics included this line, “Dude named King Kong eatin’ on a din dong.” LeVox asked if the writers could come up with a different line. Mullins said that the first line that came to him was “Dude named Elrod, jammin’ on an iPod.”

So, the lyrics were changed and the song was released. The song fits perfectly with the country-pop sounds of the early millennium. “Me and My Gang” became a much-loved hit during live Rascal Flatts performances. It was also an anthem for any fans attending concerts with their gang of friends.

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