“What Hurts the Most” is a country music song written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson. It was originally recorded by American country music singer Mark Wills on his 2003 album And the Crowd Goes Wild. It was to be released as a single, but he was dropped from his label before the song could be released. Nonetheless, Mark’s version reached #51 on the Hot Digital Songs chart in 2006.
The song also appeared on Jeffrey Steele’s album You Gotta Start Somewhere in the same year. In 2004, Bellefire, a pop group, recorded the song.
Jo O’Meara released the song in 2005 as her first solo single, becoming the first artist to release it as a single. It was the lead single from her debut album Relentless. O’Meara’s version peaked at number thirteen in the UK singles chart.
In 2006, country music trio Rascal Flatts released the song as a single for their album Me and My Gang, and it became their fifth number-one single on Billboard’s Country Singles chart. It also peaked at No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s first Top 10 pop hit. In addition, the song reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts. The band performed the song live with Kelly Clarkson at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2006.
Rascal Flatts’ recording earned two nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, in the categories of Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Country Song.
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I like Bellefire version =3
“Not seeing that loving you
That’s what I was trying to do”