5th Gear (album)

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5th Gear
Studio album by Brad Paisley
Released June 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Country
Length 67:48
Label Arista Nashville
Producer Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley chronology
Brad Paisley Christmas
(2006)Brad Paisley Christmas2006
5th Gear
Singles from 5th Gear
  1. "Ticks"
    Released: March 12, 2007
  2. "Online"
    Released: July 2, 2007
  3. "Letter to Me"
    Released: October 22, 2007
  4. "I'm Still a Guy"
    Released: March 3, 2008
  5. "Waitin' on a Woman"
    Released: June 9, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (average)[3]
Country Weekly (favorable)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[6]
Plugged In (unfavorable)[7]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant 4.5/5 stars[10]

5th Gear is the fifth studio album by country singer Brad Paisley. It was released June 19, 2007, and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of about 197,000 copies.[11] On April 9, 2008, 5th Gear was certified platinum by the RIAA.[12]

The album's first four singles — "Ticks", "Online", "Letter to Me", and "I'm Still a Guy" — all reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. In June 2008, a re-recording of "Waitin' on a Woman", a song which Paisley originally recorded for his 2005 album Time Well Wasted, was added as a bonus track to this album. This re-edited version was released in June 2008 as the album's fifth single. For the chart week of September 20, 2008, the song has become his twelfth number-one single and his eighth straight number-one hit. When pre-ordered through iTunes, another bonus track, "You Love Me So Good", was included.

In 2009, NPR picked the album as one of "The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings."[13]

Blaine Larsen later released a rendition of "It Did" in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All I Wanted Was a Car" Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace 4:05
2. "Ticks" Paisley, Tim Owens, Lovelace 4:33
3. "Online" Paisley, DuBois, Lovelace 4:56
4. "Letter to Me" Paisley 4:41
5. "I'm Still a Guy" Paisley, Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller 4:11
6. "Some Mistakes" Paisley, Owens 4:57
7. "It Did" Jim Collins, Marv Green 3:55
8. "Mr. Policeman" Paisley, Jim Beavers, DuBois 4:15
9. "If Love Was a Plane" Paisley 3:56
10. "Oh Love" (duet with Carrie Underwood) Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Gordie Sampson 4:11
11. "Better Than This" DuBois, David Lee Murphy, Trent Willmon 3:12
12. "With You, Without You" Paisley, Casey Beathard, DuBois 4:54
13. "Previously" (feat. the Kung Pao Buckaroos)   0:55
14. "Bigger Fish to Fry" (feat. the Kung Pao Buckaroos) Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens 4:25
15. "When We All Get to Heaven" Eliza Hewitt, Emily Wilson 3:54
16. "Throttleneck" (instrumental) Paisley, Frank Rogers, Ben Sesar 5:16
17. "Outtake 1" (hidden track)   0:26
18. "Outtake 2" (hidden track)   0:46
19. "Waitin' on a Woman" (available on later releases only[14]) Don Sampson, Wynn Varble 5:03
Total length: 67:48

"Mr. Policeman" incorporates the chorus of "In the Jailhouse Now" at its end, with new lyrics to fit the rest of the song.


Brentwood High School Band
  • Marching band at the end of Online
Kung Pao Buckaroos

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 3
Canadian Albums Chart 5


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US
2007 "Ticks" 1 40 48 33
"Online" 1 39 89 50
"Letter to Me" 1 40 81 51
2008 "I'm Still a Guy" 1 33 66 54
"Waitin' on a Woman" 1 44 59
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum


Preceded by
Big Dog Daddy by Toby Keith
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 7 – August 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Taylor Swift by Taylor Swift