Country music fans and critics have been comparing Carrie Underwood to Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire for years, but now, she’s officially in the same category as the two living legends.
Notching her 25th No. 1 single, Underwood becomes only the third female country music singer to top the charts that many times. Yes, the other two are Parton and McEntire.
The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has now notched four No. 1 singles from her Storyteller album. The predecessor to “Dirty Laundry,” “Church Bells” is up for Best Solo Country Performance at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards.
“Dirty Laundry,” of course, was written by Hillary Lindsey (with Ashley Gorley and ZAch Crowell). Lindsey has no written 11 of Underwood’s 25 No. 1 singles.
Underwood says she knew she wanted to record “Dirty Laundry” the first time she heard it, “I was immediately drawn to ‘Dirty Laundry’ the first time I heard it, because it was so different, it had such a laid-back kind of vibe to it. Yes it’s a…it’s a cheatin’ song this is country music after all, but it was kind of done in a different way, and I just really, I love the groove of the music. I love that kind of Ajax line, because it was kind of weird and cool and I just, I loved it from the first listen.”