Getting her first big break from American Idol, Carrie Underwood is now a country sensation. If you love country-pop music, here are the best Carrie Underwood songs ever.
Before He Cheats
Song Year: 2005
The lyrics to this song take the listener on a dramatic ride, with Underwood singing about how she knows her man is dancing with someone else who can’t play pool or handle her liquor. However, Underwood isn’t too upset with him because she took matters into her own hands, keying his car, slashing his tires, and busting his headlights.
The lesson behind the song is that the man should think before he cheats, but Underwood ensures he’ll never forget what happened when he wronged her.
Just a Dream
Song Year: 2007
This emotional Carrie Underwood song is about a girl who just turned 18 and was going to marry the love of her life. However, she gets to the church, all dressed in her gown and ready to marry, when she finds out that he died at war. Instead of holding his hand and taking vows, she holds a folded American flag as a sign of his life and service.
The chorus repeats the lines about the girl hoping this is a dream. She knows she’ll be alone forever if something happens to her because he’s all she ever wanted.
Song Year: 2018
This empowering song has Underwood name-dropping great fighters like Rocky and Ali. Famous rapper Ludacris sings on the track, with a rap break spelling out “Champion” with strong and motivating terms.
If you need to listen to something that makes you feel like you can take on any challenge, this is the Carrie Underwood song for you. The chorus will hype you up and make you feel prepared for anything.
Jesus, Take the Wheel
Song Year: 2005
This emotional Carrie Underwood song tells the story of a woman driving home to spend Christmas with her parents. She has her baby in the backseat but hits a patch of black ice and loses control of the car. She’s too scared to react and only prays.
The car spins, but once it stops, both the driver and her daughter are fine. That near-death experience and the answered prayer show the driver that she needs to change her life and be more religious.
Two Black Cadillacs
Song Year: 2012
This song tells as much of a story as you’d find in a novel, with stunning imagery in every lyric. The two black Cadillacs are in a funeral procession—one holds the dead man’s wife, and his mistress rides in the other.
While you think they’ll meet at the funeral and have a fight, the song twists the storyline in a delightful way. It turns out that the women already found out about each other and plotted against the man for doing them both wrong. The funeral is the only time they meet in person, but they know they’ll both keep the secret.
Song Year: 2009
“Mama’s Song” is a sweet ode to how mothers prepare their daughters to grow up, live on their own, and get married to a good man. Even though the girls create their own lives, they’ll never forget their mamas because they have such a special bond. Underwood sings about how she’ll provide the same love and support for her own baby one day.
Song Year: 2015
This song is about a wild girl who loved being outside with her dog. She grew up poor but was so beautiful that she caught a rich man’s eye and married him to get a chance at a better life. She had everything she could ever want, hosting big parties, and everyone was envious of their marriage.
However, her husband is an abusive alcoholic. He hits his wife, and she has to cover her bruises with makeup. She gets tired of living that life and slips something into his whiskey one night, again escaping her life for something new.
Song Year: 2009
“Undo It” is a fierce song about a woman getting over her ex. She knew he was a bad guy from the start, but she fell for him anyway, and now, looking back, she wishes she could undo it all. She took his pictures out of the frame and is getting over him to create as happy a future as possible.
The overall vibe of this song is empowerment, but the lyrics have hints of regret as she wishes she could erase her time with her ex.
Song Year: 2015
Another of the best Carrie Underwood songs is about cheating and heartbreak. In “Dirty Laundry,” Underwood finds lipstick on her man’s collar, and it’s not her signature shade. She smells perfume that isn’t hers and notices a wine stain, even though her man only drinks whiskey or beer.
She can’t believe he didn’t even try to hide the shirt, just leaving it for her to wash. But she won’t cover up for him because she vows to tell all his secrets to the neighborhood.
If I Didn’t Love You
Song Year: 2021
This Carrie Underwood song is a duet with Jason Aldean, one of the best country artists in the 2020s. It’s a sweet song about the heartbreak you feel when you realize how much you miss someone you love. It would be easier if you never had them in your life because you wouldn’t think about them all the time and wonder what they were doing.
While it would be hard to never have that love in their lives, the singers address how much they wish they didn’t have to lie and say they were okay since they’re so heartbroken.
Song Year: 2014
Carrie Underwood has dozens of amazing solo songs, but her voice also commands attention even when she sings with other stars. “Somethin’ Bad” is a duet with Miranda Lambert, a huge country star in her own right. Together, the women sing about the burning excitement of getting into trouble together.
They search for adventures on the run like Thelma and Louise, driving away, only stopping to have drinks at a bar before waking up without memories of the night before.