Ten years ago, all we knew about Carrie Underwood could pretty much be summed up with three little words — girl can saaaang.
I mean, sure. We also knew she was cute, she was from Oklahoma and that she’d won American Idol. But we didn’t know her, know her. You know?
Until her first song “Jesus, Take the Wheel” made its way to country radio in 2005. Then it was like this epiphany. For her and for us.
“It reminds me of another crazy time in my life. It was so special. You’ll never have another first single ever, and that was it for me,” Underwood told People magazine.
After that single, Underwood went on to reveal even more of herself little by little and song by song. She talked to People about 10 of her biggest hits from the 25 songs on her new Greatest Hits: Decade #1 collection.
From the “Jesus” beginning, all the way up to her current single, Underwood reflects on “Before He Cheats,” “Wasted,” “All American Girl,” “Last Name,” “I Told You So,” “Mama’s Song,” “Remind Me” and “Two Black Cadillacs.”
“It doesn’t follow a typical song pattern,” she explained. “So it’s not verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus … done. It’s not like there’s a formula like that. We kind of have a verse and a chorus and a verse and a chorus into a magical land of I don’t know what to call it. We definitely broke some rules in writing it and didn’t care. We were just doing what was best for the song.”