Carrie Underwood’s Best American Idol-Winning Songs, Ranked


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Since his victory american idol Season 4 in 2005 saw Carrie Underwood become a country music superstar, releasing nine studio albums and winning eight Grammys. She’s released a number of incredible hits over the years, but let’s take a closer look at some of our favorites.

Carrie Underwood’s Best Songs, Ranked

8. Ghost Story

It was the first single from Underwood’s latest album, Jeans & Rhinestones. In the song, Underwood tells his ex that she will haunt him even when they are apart. The song has a sweeping and dramatic quality that shows Underwood’s powerful voice. “There’s not enough whiskey to make me miss you,” she sings during one of the song’s verses.

7. Cancel

This song was featured on Underwood’s third studio album, Play onand was co-written by former american idol Judge Kara DioGuardi. It’s a prime example of the singer’s strength as a singer, with the ferocity we’ve come to expect from her best breakup songs. The highlight is in the chorus, when Underwood sings that she wants to “un-un-un-un-un-do it”.

6. Family name

It’s one of Underwood’s most playful songs, taken from his second studio album, carnival ride. She sings that she doesn’t know the last name of the man she recently met, eventually figuring out she married him in Las Vegas. The song features a clever twist on the lyrics at the end, with Underwood singing, “I don’t even know my Last name.”

5. Something in the water

This track was Underwood’s 2014 debut single The biggest hits album. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Hot Christian Songs chart, and Underwood won the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. The lyrics describe the changing experience of a baptism, with the singer showing off a soaring voice.

4. Good Girl

This song was the lead single from Underwood’s fourth studio album, Soufflé. It’s a rhythmic track in which the singer warns a woman that her boyfriend is going to break her heart. “He’s no good, girl / No good for you,” she sings on the guitar-accompanied chorus of the song. “You better put on your goodbye shoes and go, go, go.”

3. Jesus, take the wheel

It was the lead single from Underwood’s debut album, some hearts. It tells the story of a woman and her baby who almost had a car accident. The woman prays and promises to change. The song showed off the talent that won Underwood american idoland the phrase “Jesus, take the wheel” made its way into popular vernacular in the years that followed.

2. Soufflé

The title track from Underwood’s fourth studio album tells the story of a young woman who takes revenge on her alcoholic father during a tornado. “There’s not enough rain in Oklahoma /
To wash away the sins of this house,” she sings. The song showcases both Underwood’s strong voice and talent for storytelling. “Blown Away” won two Grammys, for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.

1. Before he cheats

Is there a more typical Carrie Underwood song than this? The title, taken from his first album some hearts, describes how the singer took revenge on a cheating boyfriend by destroying his car. “I shoved my key into the side of his cute little bloated four-wheel drive,” she sings on the iconic chorus. The song topped the Hot Country Songs chart for five consecutive weeks and won two Grammys, for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

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