YMMV: Rascal Flatts

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Bob That Head".
  • Covered Up:
    • "Bless the Broken Road" had been recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marcus Hummon, Melodie Crittenden, and Sons of the Desert before Rascal Flatts released it. Crittenden's version was also a single in 1997.
    • "What Hurts the Most" has also been released by both Jo O'Meara and Cascada. Mark Wills originally recorded it and almost released it as a single in 2003, and Faith Hill turned it down at the last minute.
    • Thanks to its appearance in Cars, their cover of "Life Is a Highway" is more familiar than the the Tom Cochrane original to Country Music audiences and younger people.
  • Critic-Proof: Every Lyric Street album from Me and My Gang onward has largely gotten mediocre-to-negative reviews for being lightweight, bland and overproduced on most of the songs. Unstoppable in particular was derided for sounding way too much like the last two albums.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Bless the Broken Road," "I'm Movin' On" and "What Hurts the Most" are generally well-loved for being weighty, sensitive ballads.
  • Dork Age / Seasonal Rot: Pretty much all of their last 3 albums for Lyric Street, which (outside a few songs, such as "What Hurts the Most") were critically derided for the reasons mentioned above. However, it seems that upon the closure of Lyric Street and subsequent move to Big Machine, they have managed to Win Back the Crowd critically despite diminished returns on the singles charts.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: "My Wish" was written by Jeffrey Steele. However after Jay became a parent it becomes this
  • Narm: Almost all of their Lyric Street material ever since Me and My Gang, the first album that Dann Huff produced. Most of their Huff-era songs rely on lightweight, trite lyrics that are given a wall-of-sound production drenched in strings, piano, and guitar.
    • Although it was their last single before Huff, "Skin (Sarabeth)" is a particularly Narmy little song about a girl who frets about going to the prom with no hair after cancer treatment... until she meets a boy who shaved his head out of sympathy and they go to the prom together.
  • Signature Song: "Bless the Broken Road" and "What Hurts the Most".
  • Win Back the Crowd: After Me and My Gang, Still Feels Good, and Unstoppable were panned for their weak songs and Dann Huff's bombastic production, Rascal Flatts seemed to get the message, as most critics felt that Nothing Like This and Changed had better songs and production even though Huff was still on board. This culminated in the band finally ditching Huff on Rewind, which was equally lauded for its quality… However, its second single "Payback" became the band's lowest peaking single to date.