Ticks (song)

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Single by Brad Paisley
from the album 5th Gear
Released March 12, 2007
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 4:33 (Album Version)
3:58 (Single Version)
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Brad Paisley
Kelley Lovelace
Tim Owens
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley singles chronology
"She's Everything"

"Ticks" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released in March 2007 as the first single from the album 5th Gear. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and was featured as a downloadable track for the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour. Paisley wrote this song with Kelley Lovelace and Tim Owens.


The song's main character is at a bar, attempting to pick up a date. In doing so, he uses several humorous pickup lines, such as "I'd like to check you for ticks."

Paisley stated that the song is not about blood-sucking insects but in fact a guy flirting with a gal. Paisley was inspired to write the song from experience working on a farm, “Working out here on the farm, I literally have to check for ticks every time I come in from the woods or the fields,” he notes. “Now, if a young guy who lives in the country were to take a girl into the woods for any reason, it would totally cross his mind that she’s going to have to check for ticks when they come back out. So it seems that an enterprising guy would at least consider that he could offer to check for her.”[1]


Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a C- rating. While he says that the production is good, "this may be the very first mainstream country single to completely skeeze me out." [2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released to promote the single. It shows Brad and his band live in concert singing the song.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 40
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 20
Preceded by
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"
by Tracy Lawrence
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

June 30, 2007
Succeeded by
"Lucky Man"
by Montgomery Gentry


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Brad Paisley biography at Arista Nashville website. Retrieved 30 Aug 2009
  2. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2007-03-09). "Brad Paisley - "Ticks"". Country Universe. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Best of 2007: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Brad Paisley – Ticks". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 31, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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