Carrie Underwood Thanks Fans for 10 Years in Country Music

Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Features Two Brand New Songs

2014 has been extraordinary for Carrie Underwood.

She co-hosted the CMA Awards, won video of the year at the CMT Music Awards and was crowned favorite female artist at the American Music Awards. Plus she revealed her most significant title yet: mom-to-be.

And along with the release of her latest single, “Something in The Water,” Underwood announced she would mark her 10th year as part of the country music family with her first-ever greatest hits album.

“When we were thinking about what to do, I wanted more than anything to have new music out this year. So I was like ‘How can we make sure that happens?’” she told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “I was like, ‘Wow, it’s been 10 years,’ and then thinking back through all the songs and looking through pictures and everything, it was like, ‘This just seems like the perfect time.’”

Grateful for her continued success, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 is not only a celebration of Underwood’s own milestones, it’s also a tribute to the fans who have supported her from the very beginning.

“It’s been really cool,” she said about putting the project together. “I mean, ‘Inside Your Heaven’ — which was my American Idol winner’s single — to get to go through songs like that again that I really haven’t done in a while, it’s just been such a great time for me. I wanted to do this for the people that have been with me for 10 years and all the great people we’ve picked up along the way as fans.”

However, Underwood was also conscious of her loyal fans’ desire for new music, so the superstar made sure to include a second new song to accompany “Something in the Water”– the equally reflective “Little Toy Guns.”

“The music to it is really great,” she said. “The music and the story almost don’t go together, but in a way that they totally go together, and it completely works.

“If you didn’t pay attention to the lyrics at all, you would just think, ‘Wow, this is like a cool, rockin’ song,’ but the lyrics are actually quite serious and the storyline is basically about a little girl who hears her parents arguing.

“She, in her words, wishes that they were fake like plastic, like little toy guns, and they didn’t actually hurt. Didn’t hurt each other and didn’t hurt her. So it’s kind of the best of two worlds that don’t necessarily go together, but they go together perfectly.”

Don’t miss the rest of Carrie Underwood’s interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 13-14) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.