5th Gear (album)

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]

5th Gear
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)
LabelArista Nashville
ProducerFrank Rogers
Brad Paisley chronology
Brad Paisley Christmas
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
About.com4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music(average)[3]
Country Weekly(favorable)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Phoenix3.5/4 stars[6]
Plugged In(unfavorable)[7]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Slant4.5/5 stars[10]

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 listingEdit

1."All I Wanted Was a Car"Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace4:05
2."Ticks"Paisley, Tim Owens, Lovelace4:33
3."Online"Paisley, DuBois, Lovelace4:56
4."Letter to Me"Paisley4:41
5."I'm Still a Guy"Paisley, Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller4:11
6."Some Mistakes"Paisley, Owens4:57
7."It Did"Jim Collins, Marv Green3:55
8."Mr. Policeman"Paisley, Jim Beavers, DuBois4:15
9."If Love Was a Plane"Paisley3:56
10."Oh Love" (duet with Carrie Underwood)Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Gordie Sampson4:11
11."Better Than This"DuBois, David Lee Murphy, Trent Willmon3:12
12."With You, Without You"Paisley, Casey Beathard, DuBois4:54
13."Previously" (feat. the Kung Pao Buckaroos) 0:55
14."Bigger Fish to Fry" (feat. the Kung Pao Buckaroos)Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens4:25
15."When We All Get to Heaven"Eliza Hewitt, Emily Wilson3:54
16."Throttleneck" (instrumental)Paisley, Frank Rogers, Ben Sesar5:16
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 Varble5:03
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 performanceEdit


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


  1. ^ About.com review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ BBC Music review
  4. ^ Country Weekly review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ The Phoenix review
  7. ^ Plugged In review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  10. ^ Slant review
  11. ^ Katie Hasty, "Bon Jovi Scores First No. 1 Album Since 1988", Billboard.com, June 27, 2007.
  12. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum
  13. ^ "The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  14. ^ Walmart.com: 5th Gear, Brad Paisley
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Brad Paisley – 5th Gear". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.