Carrie Underwood performs during the iHeartCountry Festival at Moody Center on May 07, 2022 in Austin, Texas.
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25 Carrie Underwood Songs That Made Her a Household Name

Carrie Underwood's still living the 'American Idol' dream.

What do you think of when you hear the name Carrie Underwood? American Idol? Country music icon? Golden pipes? Strong storyteller? Fitness? Sunday Night Football? Instagrammable family? All you need to hear is her last name and you easily think of all of the above.

Few country singers have been as immediately identifiable as Underwood in the past 20-plus years. She inspired millions to vie for even just a fifth of her trademark range and tone. And she's brought the revenge song back in country music so well that her name's probably an adjective in writing rooms.

The story so far's an amazing one that follows a teenage dreamer to country music acclaim and, ultimately, a place in the public consciousness that transcends genre. As of Aug. 2023, Underwood shows no signs of slowing down, with an expanded edition of her 2022 album Denim & Rhinestones slated for next month.

Let's take a look at the 25 best Carrie Underwood songs, ranked.

This post was originally published on Dec. 8, 2017 and expanded and updated on Aug. 15, 2023.