-->''Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. I'm going to make a prediction that not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any other previous ''Idol'' winner.''
-->-- Simon Cowell

Did Simon call it or what?

Carrie Marie Underwood (1983-) is an American country singer and songwriter. At 22, Carrie, a country farm girl from Checotah, Oklahoma, auditioned for the fourth ''Series/AmericanIdol'' with "I Can't Make You Love Me". Although the judges were impressed, it wasn't until Underwood sang Heart's "Alone" that her true potential appeared. She won the final over Bo Bice and immediately proved Simon right: Like Music/KellyClarkson before her, Underwood became a star in her own right (yet unlike Clarkson has completely escaped association with the Idol brand) and took the CountryMusic world by storm. She has since won multiple Grammys and set a yet-to-be-surpassed benchmark for ''Idol'' success. So far, none of her singles have peaked at lower than second, by itself an impressive streak, but the strong sales of her four albums and omnipresence in two genres are next-to-impossible to ignore.

She also played the role of Maria in Creator/{{NBC}}'s production ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic Live'', to, shall we say, [[WhatTheHellCastingAgency more mixed reviews]].

* ''Some Hearts'' (2005)
* ''Carnival Ride'' (2007)
* ''Play On'' (2009)
* ''Blown Away'' (2012)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Greatest Hits: Decade #1]]'' (2014)

!!Tropes present:

* AccidentalMarriage: "Last Name".
* AlbumTitleDrop: Carnival Ride contains the song "Wheel of the World", which has the line "God put us here on this carnival ride".
* AmazingFreakingGrace: The opening lines are interpolated over the ending of "Something in the Water".
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She got surprisingly vicious about the people insulting her performance in ''The Sound of Music Live'', essentially saying they would all go to Hell.
* BreakupSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaSy8yy-mr8 Before He Cheats]]".
* BrokenStreak: Between "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Undo It", all of Carrie's songs had gotten to #1 on at least one major country singles chart — 12 singles in a row went to #1 on the ''Mediabase'' country charts, of which all but two ("Don't Forget to Remember Me" and "I Told You So") did the same on ''Billboard''. Then in early 2011, "Mama's Song" became her first to miss the top spot on ''Mediabase''.[[note]]Since then, she's had four more #1 hits. Two topped both charts, and two more — "Two Black Cadillacs" and "See You Again" — continued the "#1 on ''Mediabase'', #2 on ''Billboard''" trend.[[/note]]
** Following ''Billboard'''s split of the country charts into Country Songs (which includes digital sales and non-country airplay to better gauge which songs are crossing over the best) and Country Airplay (which tracks only airplay, the method formerly used by "Country Songs" before the split), the streak was broken again on Country Airplay with "Somethin' Bad", her duet with Music/MirandaLambert which only got to #7 on Country Airplay. However, the duet was released from one of Miranda's albums, and it still got to #1 on Country Songs.
** "Something in the Water" also only got to #3 on Country Airplay, her lowest ''solo'' peak there to date, but it was still #1 on Country Songs.
* BuffySpeak: "Undo It"; see below.
* DaddysGirl: "All-American Girl".
* DisproportionateRetribution: "Before He Cheats," in which she vandalizes her boyfriend's property because he's ''probably'' been cheating. Even though she constantly says "Right now he's probably…", she likely has reason to believe that he's doing so, because the song implies that this is something he's done before. Others instead choose to interpret the song as her being AxeCrazy (especially since she "carves her name into the seat" of her boyfriend's car, making it extremely obvious she's the one who vandalized it).
** It's heavily implied that a man's wife and mistress had him killed for lying about his infidelity in "Two Black Cadillacs".
* DomesticAbuse: "Blown Away" is about an abusive father who is killed by a tornado.
* DualMeaningChorus: "Jesus, Take the Wheel," from literally taking the wheel in a car crash, to "taking the wheel" of the singer's life.
** Also "Temporary Home". In the first two verses, a foster child and a mother in a halfway house see their respective dwelling as "temporary homes" in the physical sense; the dying old man in the third verse sees his life on Earth as a "temporary home" in the spiritual sense (i.e., he's about to go to Heaven).
* GenreShift: Blown Away saw her move from the country part of the music store to the pop/rock part.
* IdenticalStranger: Much humor has been made by fans of ''HannahMontana'' co-star Creator/EmilyOsment (and Emily herself) on social media of her resemblance to Carrie.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Occurs at the end of "Just a Dream".
* Jesus, TakeTheWheel
* LyricalShoehorn: The chorus to "Undo It":
-->You stole my happy, you made me cry\\
Took the lonely and took me for a ride\\
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it…
* LyricsVideoMismatch: Apparently "So Small" is actually about a car wreck... which then freezes and reverses. It was directed by Roman White, formerly the go-to man for country music video MindScrew.
* MurderBallad: "Two Black Cadillacs" is about a wife planning to kill her husband with the assistance of his mistress.
* MurderByInaction: In "Blown Away" a young girl gets rid of her abusive father by locking herself in the cellar while he’s passed out drunk and there’s a tornado headed straight for the house.
* OdeToSobriety: "Wasted" is a type 1.
* OlderThanTheyLook
* ThePowerOfLove: From "So Small": "When you figure out love is all that matters after all / It sure makes everything else seem so small".
* {{Prequel}}: "Last Name" was what happened three months "Before He Cheats". It explains the 4-wheel drive truck she smashes up in "Before He Cheats" was won as the prize in a wheel-of-fortune game. And in the whirlwind that was between the time Carrie was with her girlfriends and she saw the ring on her finger, they'd ended up married in Vegas (and taking the roulette table for quite a few chips).
* RecordProducer: Nearly all of her material has been produced by Mark Bright (whose other credits include Blackhawk and the first three albums by Music/RascalFlatts), except for her coronation single "Inside Your Heaven" (produced by Desmond Child) and a handful of guest appearances.
* RecycledPremise: "Last Name" is basically a gender-flip of Music/AlanJackson's 1995 hit "I Don't Even Know Your Name".
* SouthernBelle
* ToonTransformation: Inverted in the music video for "Ever Ever After", which sees Carrie change from animation to flesh-and-blood while visiting a live-action city. [[spoiler:Played straight at the end, when Carrie brings her new LoveInterest back to her cartoon world so they can get married.]] This parallels ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' in BroadStrokes, which feels appropriate because the song plays during that movie's epilogue.
* UnreliableNarrator: "Blown Away" paints the father as an abusive bastard who deserved to die in the tornado, but there's nothing in the song's music video to back this up. If anything, the music video makes the father more sympathetic than the daughter.
* VehicularSabotage: Done in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaSy8yy-mr8 Before He Cheats]]"
** "Last Name" showed the 4-wheel drive was won in Vegas, or Carrie would have taken out a Pinto instead.
* VocalEvolution: She's gone from belting nearly everything to a more diverse vocal and dynamic range. "Good Girl" has her doing some impressive rock growls.
* WartimeWedding: Implied at the beginning of "Just a Dream".
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: "Last Name".
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Carrie?]]: See BewareTheNiceOnes.
* WomanInBlack: In "Just a Dream".
* WomanInWhite: Also in "Just a Dream".
* WomanScorned: "Before He Cheats" is all about this.