Carrie Underwood

In Carrie Underwood’s world, a song that only reaches No. 2 on the Billboard charts is a disappointment. Country music’s original American Idol winner has very rarely had a hit chart lower; over a dozen have reached No. 1, and she’s scored several additional hits with her latest album, Cry Pretty.

“Jesus Take the Wheel” was her first country release, but “Inside Your Heaven” was her American Idol finale song, and it quickly launched to No. 1 on the all-genre charts. Believe it or not, there was some doubt as to whether Underwood would stick to country or immediately try to flourish on pop radio. We think she made the right choice.

Only one of the above-mentioned songs can be found on this Top 10 Carrie Underwood Songs list. It’s filled with heavy metal for sales certifications, but more importantly, it’s a list filled with memorable stories and a few lessons for men thinking about doing wrong by their women.

“Last Name”
From Carnival Ride (2007)

The 2009 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance went to Carrie Underwood for this song, No. 6 on the Top 10 Carrie Underwood Songs list. The video was a sort of sequel to ‘Before He Cheats,’ and this was the second time fans got to see Underwood’s more spirited side. Would the girl who sings ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ really be a part of a drunken wedding in the Sin City? Not likely, which is exactly why we loved this song so much. “Last Name” reached No. 1 and sold over a million singles. It was another single from the Carnival Ride album co-written by the singer herself.

“Two Black Cadillacs”
From Blown Away (2012)

Had Underwood released “Two Black Cadillacs” to radio before “Blown Away” it’s possible one would find these two dramatic songs flipped on this list. The Stephen King-inspired hit produced one of her best music videos and is one of her top storytelling songs. It’s a sinfully good song, good for No. 4 on our list of Top 10 Carrie Underwood songs.

“Jesus Take the Wheel”
From Some Hearts (2005)

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Underwood’s debut country single won a lot of hardware for her mantel. It was nominated for all of the alphabet award shows and took home a Grammy for Country Song of the Year in 2007. Perhaps the best thing about the “Jesus Take the Wheel” lyrics, aside from emotional story they tell, is that songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Brett James found an original way to sing about religion. That’s no easy accomplishment; just think about all the songs about God ever recorded. The No. 1 hit went Platinum quickly.

“Blown Away”
From Blown Away (2012)

Carrie Underwood picked up two Grammy Awards for “Blown Away” in 2013, leaving little doubt as to how an industry would respond to her change in attitude. The singer wraps the songs in fantasy, but at the core of this rocker was a very real problem for too many Americans. Overall, it’s among her finest vocal performances and one of the most creative singles she’s ever released.

“Before He Cheats”
From Some Hearts (2005)

“Before He Cheats” sold more singles and charted higher than any other Carrie Underwood country song on the all-genre charts, reaching No. 8 in 2006. It’s also inspired one of the Top 10 videos of the decade, and one of the best karaoke fails every uploaded to YouTube. Suddenly, we looked at this sweet little girl from Checotah, Okla. in a whole new way. The cute blonde who gave us “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” is wearing black, faux-leather pants and a new attitude. This song made everything Underwood did much more interesting, which is why “Before He Cheats” is the No. 1 song on the Top 10 Carrie Underwood Songs li

What are Your Favorite Carrie Underwood Songs?

Did we miss one of your most-loved Underwood tunes? Don’t think we ordered her hits in the right way? After taking a look at this list, please share your favorite Carrie Underwood songs in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from ya!

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