->''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

Never bet against Simon.

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 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 on at least one major country chart, 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)
* ''Storyteller'' (2015)

!!Tropes present:

* AccidentalMarriage: "Last Name" has the narrator getting married after a drunken night in Las Vegas and not recalling the events that led there.
* 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: "Before He Cheats" hints at this at the end ("'Cause the next time that he cheats / You know it won't be on me").
* BrokenWinLossStreak: Between the two ''Billboard'' country singles charts[[note]]only one before late 2012[[/note]] and the ''Mediabase'' country singles charts, Carrie has had exactly one single fail to reach the top on any of them: "Mama's Song" in early 2011, which was blocked by Music/TimMcGraw's "Felt Good on My Lips" on both publications. Some of her subsequent songs have only gotten to #2 or #3 on ''Billboard'' while topping ''Mediabase''.
* BuffySpeak: "Undo It"; see below.
* DaddysGirl: "All-American Girl" and "The Girl You Think I Am".
* 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.
** Explicitly stated in "Church Bells" when the husband comes home drunk and leaves Jenny in "bruises, covered in makeup, dark sunglasses."
* 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).
** "Church Bells" ringing three different times: At Jenny's wedding, at the service the morning after her husband got violent, and at her husband's funeral [[spoiler:after she killed him]].
* GenreShift: "Blown Away" saw her move from the country part of the music store to the pop/rock part.
* HairTriggerTemper: Bobby Shaver in "Choctaw County Affair" is described as having a temper "like a buckshot grizzly bear."
* INeedAFreakingDrink: "Smoke Break" is about people who feel stressed out by everyday lives and express this phrase:
-->She said, I don't drink\\
But sometimes I need a stiff drink\\
Sipping from a high, full glass\\
Let the world fade away\\
She said, I don't smoke\\
But sometimes I need a long drag\\
Yeah, I know it might sound bad\\
But sometimes I need a smoke break
* IdenticalStranger: Much humor has been made by fans of ''Series/HannahMontana'' co-star Creator/EmilyOsment (and Emily herself) on social media of her resemblance to Carrie. And Emily, as she have acknowledged, is exactly 9 years her junior, to the day.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Occurs at the end of "Just a Dream".
* Jesus, TakeTheWheel
* TheLostLenore: "Just a Dream" is about a young woman mourning her soldier fiancé, who was killed in war before he could come home to her.
-->Baby, why'd you leave me? Why'd you have to go?\\
I was counting on forever, now I'll never know...
* 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.
** "Church Bells" could be considered a DarkerAndEdgier version of the Music/DixieChicks' "Goodbye Earl".
* 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.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Storyteller'' has some tracks produced by Zach Crowell (a more electronic sound akin to his work with Music/SamHunt, who coincidentally sings backing vocals on the Crowell-produced "Heartbeat") or Jay Joyce (a grittier rock sound similar to his work with Music/EricChurch), as opposed to longtime producer Mark Bright's trademark slickness.
* OdeToSobriety: "Wasted" is a type 1, about a couple split over the male's drinking. The second verse, from the male's perspective, makes it clearest:
-->Another glass of whiskey but it still don't kill the pain\\
So he stumbles to the sink and pours it down the drain\\
He says it's time to be a man and stop living for yesterday\\
Gotta face it\\
Cause' I don't wanna' spend my life jaded\\
Waiting to wake up one day and find\\
That I've let all these years go by wasted
* 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 from 2004-2014 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. ''Storyteller'' breaks the pattern somewhat, as some tracks are produced by Zach Crowell or Jay Joyce instead.
* RecycledPremise: "Last Name" is basically a gender-flip of Music/AlanJackson's 1995 hit "I Don't Even Know Your Name".
* 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 "Before He Cheats":
-->I dug my key into the side\\
Of his pretty little souped-up 4-wheel drive\\
Carved my name into his leather seats\\
Took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights\\
Slashed a hole in all four tires\\
Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats
* VocalEvolution: She's gone from belting nearly everything to a more diverse vocal and dynamic range.
* WartimeWedding: Implied at the beginning of "Just a Dream".
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: "Last Name".
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Carrie?]]: See BewareTheNiceOnes.
* WomanInWhite: Also in "Just a Dream".
* WomanScorned: "Before He Cheats" is all about this.