In honor of country superstar Carrie Underwood celebrating her 34th birthday Friday (March 10), Billboard takes a look at some of her biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts.
After winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, Underwood debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 1 with her coronation single "Inside Your Heaven" (July 2, 2005). Since then, her career has rocketed, as she's become one of the leading ladies of country music, with 14 No. 1 titles on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Additionally, all six of Underwood's charted titles on Top Country Albums have debuted at No. 1, with her debut LP Some Hearts logging 27 weeks at the summit (beginning Dec. 3, 2005). She's the best-selling album artist among all Idol contestants, having sold 16.3 million albums in the U.S. (through the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen Music). Original champ (in 2002) Kelly Clarkson is next at 14.1 million.
Underwood's most successful Hot 100 hit is "Before He Cheats," which reached No. 8 in 2007 and spent a staggering 64 weeks on the chart. (By comparison, her only Hot 100 No. 1, "Inside Your Heaven," was on the chart for just 12 weeks.) "Before He Cheats" crossed over to pop audiences after spending five weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart (beginning Nov. 11, 2006). "Heaven" ranks at No. 2 on her top hits list, followed by, at No. 3, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," her first Hot Country Songs leader.
Carrie Underwood's Biggest Hot 100 Hits
1. "Before He Cheats" (peak position No. 8, peak date June 2, 2007)
2. "Inside Your Heaven" (No. 1, July 2, 2005)
3. "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (No. 20, March 25, 2006)
4. "Cowboy Casanova" (No. 11, Oct. 10, 2009)
5. "Remind Me" (with Brad Paisley; No. 17, Aug. 27, 2011)
Carrie Underwood's Biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the March 18, 2017, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.