Part II (2001): The hits really began to roll with "Two People Fell in Love," "Wrapped Around" and his breakout, "I'm Gonna Miss Her." His vocals shine in "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."
Mud on the Tires (2003): Paisley stretched out on this wide-ranging collection, which has the hit "Celebrity," the slice of romantic life of "Little Moments" and his award-winning duet with Alison Krauss, "Whiskey Lullaby."
Time Well Wasted (2005): At times it's familiar territory, but highlights included the concert rave-up "Alcohol" -- and his celebration of patience in male-female relations ("Waitin' on a Woman") kept his momentum going.
A Brad Paisley Christmas (2006): A sprightly assemblage of standards, country holiday favorites (Buck Owens' "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy") and a bid for a future classic of his own ("Penguin, James Penguin").
5th Gear (2007): He got sillier than ever on the eye-rolling hit "Ticks," but showed off his penchant for revealing self-study in "Letter to Me" and "I'm Still a Guy." The album also had the uproarious radio and video hit "Online."
Play (2008): A mostly instrumental outing that reveled in the fundamental joy of being in a band and yielded another No. 1 hit in Paisley's duet with Keith Urban, "Start a Band."
-- Randy Lewis