Brad Paisley Takes “Waitin’ on a Woman” to No. 1

Sugarland's Love on the Inside Bounces Back on Top

It’s been a long and winding road, but Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman,” which first appeared on the singer’s Time Well Wasted album in 2005, finally arrives this week at the peak of Billboard’s country songs chart. Once released as a single, however, it took “Waitin'” a mere 13 weeks to make the climb.

On the country albums chart, Sugarland’s Love on the Inside reasserts its hold on the No. 1 spot, bumping last week’s champ, the multi-artist collection, NOW That’s What I Call Country, down to No. 2.

Only two albums and two singles make their debut this time around. Chris Knight’s CD, Heart of Stone, splashes on at No. 37, followed by Rodney Crowell’s doubly combustible Sex & Gasoline at No. 38.

The new songs are Rascal Flatts’ “Here” (No. 49) and the Eli Young Band’s “Always the Love Songs” (No. 60).

Returning to the albums list are Chris Cagle’s My Life’s Been a Country Song (No. 73) and Dolly Parton’s Backwoods Barbie (No. 75).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Taylor Swift’s self-titled collection, Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride and Heidi Newfield’s What Am I Waiting For.

The remaining Top 5 songs are Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me Now” (last week’s No. 1), Darius Rucker’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” Keith Urban’s “You Look Good in My Shirt” and Kenny Chesney’s “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” (which catapults into the Top 5 just six weeks after it entered the chart).

Be patient. Things will heat up soon.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to