Top 10 Brad Paisley Songs
Brad Paisley is a staple in country music. With countless studio albums under his belt buckle and a notoriety for being the biggest prankster in the industry, fans and artists alike know two things: To respect Mr. Paisley and to watch out for him because he’ll prank you when you least expect it. One day after the release of his latest studio album, ‘This is Country Music,’ Taste of Country brings you our list of the Top 10 Brad Paisley songs of all time.
‘Mud on the Tires’
This track, the namesake of Paisley’s 2003 album, was a headliner when it dropped as the fourth and final single from the record in 2004. Not only did it chart at No. 1 on Billboard, but it rang true with so many redneck country lovers. As Paisley sings about breaking in his brand-new Chevy truck by goin’ muddin’ down by the lake, fans everywhere rev their engines in unison, longing for a soft pallet of wet dirt.
‘This Is Country Music’
Hey country music fans, this is real. This is your life in a song! ‘This Is Country Music,’ the title song of Paisley’s May 2011 album, acts as an identifier for twang lovers everywhere and pulls bits from famous country singalongs before it. Paisley dropped this catchy tune as the first single from his new album back in December 2010, and though he’s chasing ‘Old Alabama‘ now, ‘This Is Country Music’ still rides strong.
Don’t we all wish we were a little taller, a little tanner, maybe just a little better looking? Well, like Paisley says, get behind that computer screen and you can be whoever you want to be. ‘Online’ marked the No. 9 single for the West Virginia hitmaker, and the funny music video pulled a Video of the Year award at the 2007 CMAs. Paisley shouts out to Myspace in this one, making it a dated piece of music — and internet — history.
‘She’s Everything’ was a co-write between Brad Paisley and Wil Nance that was actually penned with Nance’s wife in mind. However, our ‘This Is Country Music’ hero crept in and owned the sweet love song with his comforting, soothing sound. Good thing he did — this 2006 single was one of three Paisley songs to reach platinum status. Needless to say, it was also a No. 1 chart topper.
To the world, we’re just country music fans, but to Brad Paisley, we’re much more … we’re ‘The World.’ In this 2006 hit single, the ‘Water’ singer makes it clear to his lady that she’s his No. 1 even if she’s just a face in the crowd. This sweet tune from ‘Time Well Wasted’ marked yet another No. 1 country hit for Paisley, proving that he’s the leading man to his world of fans.
‘We Danced’ is one of those classic Brad Paisley songs that still spins in the dance hall jukebox each and every Friday night. When this one dropped as the final single from his 2000 debut album, ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ it etched a permanent spot in the hearts of country fans and lovers everywhere. It describes something simple — just a dance between two lonely people — but like all good country songs, it ends with the cowboy getting his cowgirl.
‘Letter to Me’
At 17-years-old, we were all a bit reckless and every downfall felt like the end of the world. This top Brad Paisley song captures the sentiment of wishing we could go back in time to offer some advice to our younger selves so that they would be confident enough to march forward towards the best years of their lives. The nostalgic track ‘Letter to Me’ was the third single from Paisley’s 2007 album, ‘5th Gear,’ and another No. 1 on the charts.
‘When I Get Where I’m Going’
This single is a no-brainer for a top Brad Paisley songs list, because it features the vocal harmony of the legendary Dolly Parton, and you just can’t go wrong there. Thanks in part to Dolly, the 2005 release of ‘When I Get Where I’m Going’ meant a fifth No. 1 single for Paisley, and a 25th for the blonde ‘Backwoods Barbie’ of country. We think this song marks Paisley reaching his destination, which is a place as one of the most successful, notable and respected faces in the industry.
When it comes to Brad Paisley songs, ‘Water’ is one of the most recognizable and most singable that the country music cowboy has to offer. This one dropped as a single just last year, and spilled a little secret about our favorite country music star: He’s a water lover! The lyrics talk about making a splash in any way that you can, making this No. 1 country song a real go-to for the warm summer months — and just in time!
Sure, ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ isn’t exactly the drinking party song it appears to be, but we need a look at reality every now and then. In this tune, No. 1 on our list of top Brad Paisley songs, the hitmaker harmonizes with Alison Krauss as he sings about a man who died of a broken heart and a bit too much to drink. The 2004 release of ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ earned Paisley another platinum spot, and though it never reached No. 1 on the charts, it struck enough of a chord with us to earn the front-running spot on our list.