Ever since she stole our hearts on “American Idol,” Carrie Underwood has been a household name for country music. From her earlier hits like “Jesus, Take The Wheel” to her most-recent success with “Cry Pretty,” here are Carrie Underwood’s Top 10 career hits:
10. All-American Girl
Written by Carrie Underwood, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace, “All-American Girl” was featured on Carrie Underwood’s second album, Carnival Ride, released in 2007.
The music video for Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl” aired on January 23, 2008. Directed by Roman White, the video portrayed Carrie as an Olympic swimmer, an artist, nurse, photographer, cowgirl, waitress, ballerina, chef, cheerleader, a college student (wearing a Sigma Sigma Sigma sweatshirt, the sorority Carrie actually belongs to), and more.
Carrie Underwood has stated that “All-American Girl” is loosely based on her own autobiography.
9. Two Black Cadillacs
“Two Black Cadillacs” was a single from Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away album. Released in 2012, the song is seen as one of the “darker” songs of Carrie’s. “Two Black Cadillacs” was written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Josh Kear.
The song debuted at no. 55 on the Country Airplay and later reached its peak at no. 2 and spent 21 weeks on the chart.
8. Blown Away
Released in 2012 on Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away album, “Blown Away” was written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, the duo who also wrote “Before He Cheats.”
“Blown Away” saw such great success that it won Female Video of the Year at the American Country Awards, Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards, and Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.
7. Good Girl
“Good Girl” was also featured on Carrie Underwood’s 2012 Blown Away album. She first debuted the song at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee.
Carrie Underwood wrote “Good Girl” alongside Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley. The music video won Video of the Year at the 2012 CMT Music Awards and was nominated for “World’s Best Music Video” at the World Music Awards in 2013.
6. Church Bells
Part of Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller album, “Church Bells” was written by Zach Crowell, Brett James, and Hillary Lindsey.
The song topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2016, making Carrie Underwood the first woman of that year to have two number-ones on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
The music video for “Church Bells” won Female Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, where it was also nominated for overall Video of the Year.
5. Jesus, Take The Wheel
One of Carrie Underwood’s most well-known hits, “Jesus, Take The Wheel” was released in 2005 from Carrie Underwood’s debut album, Some Hearts.
Classified as country-Christian, the song spent six weeks at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. “Jesus, Take The Wheel” won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song and also won Single of the Year at the 2005 Acadamy of Country Music Awards.
“Jesus, Take The Wheel” was written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson.
4. Before He Cheats
Another single from Carrie Underwood’s debut Some Hearts album, “Before He Cheats” was considered a “crossover success” as it topped both the Billboard Country Songs chart, as well as the Billboard Adult Top 40, Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts.
“Before He Cheats” was the first-ever country single to sell over two million copies online, making it one of the highest grossing country songs of all time.
“Before He Cheats” earned Carrie Underwood a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. It also won the 2007 Single of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.
3. Something in the Water
Released in September of 2014, “Something in the Water” was featured on Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album.
Written by Carrie Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Brett James, the song hit no. 1 on both the Billboard Hot Christain Songs chart, as well as the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
“Something in the Water” won a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance and broke several airplay records within its first week on country radio.
2. Love Wins
“Love Wins” was featured on Carrie Underwood’s most recent studio album, Cry Pretty. Written by Carrie Underwood, Brett James and David Garcia, “Love Wins” debuted at no. 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart and no. 34 on the Country Airplay chart.
“I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that. Because we’re different, that doesn’t make somebody else bad, it just makes us different,” Carrie Underwood said of “Love Wins.”
“We wanted that song to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that.”
1. Cry Pretty
Carrie Underwood released “Cry Pretty” on April 11, 2018, calling it the most emotional song from her Cry Pretty album.
“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” Carrie said of the song. “It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life. It’s emotional. It’s real. And it rocks!”
Carrie Underwood later revealed that “Cry Pretty” was written and recording following her three miscarriages.