Without a doubt, Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts The Most” is one of the most heartbreaking songs in modern country music history. Though it’s one of their most popular songs, they actually weren’t the first group to release the song.
“What Hurts The Most” was written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson. It was first recorded by Mark Wills in 2003, then it was covered by Bellefire and Jo O’Meara in 2005. Later, it was finally recorded by Rascal Flatts, who definitely made it famous. They released it as a single off their Me And My Gang album. It quickly became their fifth #1 single. It reached that spot on both the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) chart and the US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) chart.
This song is so emotional and raw, it’ll shake a person to their core. It tells the story of the narrator losing the love of his life and having to learn to cope with it. The difficulty comes with knowing how close they were and having to deal with the fact that he let her walk away. That being said, the official music video will have y’all in tears. It shows a girl crying over the loss of her boyfriend, who died in a car crash right after they got into an argument, causing him to leave. Throughout the video, flashbacks are shown of the couple and their relationship together. Eventually, it shows the girl vomiting implying that she’s pregnant. Towards the end, she’s seen making her way down a street, only to kneel beside a roadside cross. She says, “I saw you,” answering his question of “What do you see?” from earlier in the video during one of the flashbacks. She saw him in he future.
If y’all want to have a good cry, check this out. Don’t forget the box of tissues!
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