Brad Paisley, "Anything Like Me"

84 Billboard Rating

Included on Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" album and his first greatest-hits collection, "Hits Alive" (due Nov. 2), "Anything Like Me" celebrates the tender bond between parent and child in a clever and sweet manner that's laced with humor. In the first verse, a prospective father learns he's having a son and contemplates the future with such lines as, "He's gonna get in trouble/He's gonna get in fights . . . It's safe to say that I'm gonna get my payback if he's anything like me." Paisley and co-writers Chris DuBois and Dave Turnbull fill the song with vivid imagery (a young boy using a "magnifying glass trying to melt a Tonka truck"), and Paisley's 3-and-a-half-year-old son Huck contributes the final word in the last line. Paisley has scored 17 No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, including four from "American Saturday Night," and this terrific song is sure to continue that momentum.

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