Carrie Underwood has been our country queen for over fifteen years now. She truly can do no wrong! From singing to performing to inspiring other women and being a badass entrepreneur, Carrie is a superstar in everything she does. As we memorize all the lyrics to every single song off her newest Christmas record My Gift, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite deep cuts by Underwood over the years.
“Get Out of This Town” – Carnival Ride
“Got it all figured out inside of my head / There’s a bag packed up at the foot of my bed / You say the word, baby I’m all set”
Underwood’s 2007 Carnival Ride is full of great songs, but “Get Out of This Town” is one of the hidden gems. The track is spunky, honest, and romantic, all things that the songstress does impeccably.
“Good in Goodbye” – Blown Away
“Sometimes life leads you down a different road / When you’re holding on to someone that you gotta let go / Someday you’ll see the reason why / Sometimes, yeah sometimes, there’s good in goodbye”
The fact that this song didn’t get the recognition it deserves is almost a crime. The song is painfully impactful and beautifully vocalized. Underwood’s vocals soar on this heartbreakingly beautiful and reflective break-up song.
“I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore” – Some Hearts
“My hotel in Manhattan / Holds more people than our town / And what I just paid for dinner / Would be a down payment on a house”
This sassy and personal tune shows Underwood’s humble side amidst a sea of glamour and success. The Oklahoma-native shares her small-town roots on this track, something that is both appealing and relatable. It is also super catchy!
“Starts With Goodbye” – Some Hearts
“I guess It’s gonna break me down / Like falling’ when I’m tryin’ to fly / It’s sad but sometimes / Moving on with the rest of your life / Starts with goodbye”
Leave it to Carrie to tug at our heartstrings, while giving us a dose of reality that we all need sometimes. “Starts With Goodbye” is the message we all need when we are going through hard times with love. From her debut record Some Hearts, the songs is still as impactful as it was back then.
“Wine After Whiskey” – Blown Away
“Now everything’s after you / Is like having Wine after whiskey / It went from do anything for you babe / To you don’t even miss me”
This song is truly my all-time favorite Underwood song. She eloquently sings about the pain that is associated with losing someone you know. Off her record Blown Away, “Wine After Whiskey” has truly emerged as a fan-favorite, and it is easy to see why.
“Unapologize” – Play On
“I unapologize / I meant every word / Won’t take back the way I feel about you / Can’t unsay what you heard / ‘Cause you heard me right”
This song is the perfect reminder to speak your truth even if your voice shakes. This anthem for love is the perfect song to listen to when you are trying to feel inspired or hopeful.
“I Know You Won’t” – Carnival Ride
“You say you’ll call / but I know you / you say you’re coming home / but I know you won’t”
There’s a reason this ballad still appears on live setlists more than 10 years after the release of Carnival Ride. The fan-favorite has gut-wrenching lyrics, a haunting melody, and arguably some of Carrie’s best vocals to date.
“Choctaw County Affair” – Storyteller
“Well, life’s been kind of trippy down here in Mississippi / Since Cassie O’Grady disappeared / And me and my Bob Shaver been in all the newspapers / Every day for naught on a year / They say we got tangled in a love triangle / A fatal game of truth or dare / But the truth remains a mystery and now it’s ancient history / It’s a Choctaw County affair”
The country queen is known for telling stories in her song, but she’s never done it quite like in Choctaw County Affair. The Bonnie and Clyde-esque track is pure country, complete with twangy instrumentation, gritty production, and a whole lot of sass.
“Spinning Bottles” – Cry Pretty
“Round and around and around they go / Will this end? Nobody knows / Can’t live like this anymore / Spinnin’ rooms, spinnin’ wheels, spinnin’ out of control / Spinnin’ bottles”
It’s hard to talk about substance abuse in a way that feels both truthful and tasteful but this song makes it happen. The powerful lyrics will resonate with anyone who has loved someone battling addiction and is one of the rawest songs in Carrie’s entire collection.
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