Song of the Day #4,866: ‘I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore’ – Carrie Underwood

Today’s SOTD is my fourth Random Weekend selection from Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut, Some Hearts, and the second in the last three months. If it weren’t for Random Weekends, I would never hear a note from this album.

‘I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore’ is the record’s final track and the only one co-written by Underwood. It contrasts her new life of fame and fortune with her modest upbringings in the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma.

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Song of the Day #4,768: ‘Wasted’ – Carrie Underwood

‘Wasted’ is the first song on Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut studio album, Some Hearts. This was the fifth single released from the album and the third to top the country chart.

Released just six months after Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol, Some Hearts was an absolute juggernaut. It became 2006’s best-selling album in any genre, and was the best-selling country album in both 2006 and 2007.

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Song of the Day #3,565: ‘Inside Your Heaven’ – Carrie Underwood

Today’s random track is a paint-by-numbers “God is love” song from Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut, Some Hearts. It would have been more appropriately timed a week ago for Easter Sunday.

But what makes ‘Inside Your Heaven’ interesting isn’t its music or lyrics but rather its Billboard chart history.

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Song of the Day #3,411: ‘The Night Before (Life Goes On)’ – Carrie Underwood

My appreciation of country music doesn’t extend to the generic country pop featured on Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut album, Some Hearts. I like the harder-edged sound of hit single ‘Before He Cheats’ well enough, but something like today’s Random Weekend SOTD leaves me cold.

That said, I do think this song has merit lyrically. It depicts the relationship between a young woman about to head off to college and the small town man she’s leaving behind.

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Song of the Day #3,271: ‘Cowboy Casanova’ – Carrie Underwood

First things first… Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there, especially my own! Your randomly selected Song of the Day is a serenade by Carrie Underwood. Not bad.

Speaking of Underwood… American Idol is returning to TV less than a year after its cancellation by Fox. Today’s Random SOTD is a reminder that, unlike its cooler cousin The Voice, Idol has actually produced some stars over the course of its run. Continue reading