Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood seems like the perfect superstar for country music fans to look up to on a personal level— she’s sweet and soulful with striking good looks. She’s also very public about her strong Christian faith and the love for her little family, comprised of husband Mike Fisher and son Isaiah. Her squeaky-clean persona makes the fact that many of Underwood’s song revolve around darker subject matter— including murder— that much more intriguing.
The superstar has killed more people in her songs than any other artist in modern country music. Though the fates of many of her song’s characters are dismal, the cinematic and soaring tunes are catchy and the lyrics are sinfully clever.
During the 2017 Grammy Awards, Carrie Underwood told fellow American Idol alum Ryan Seacrest, “[In Country music,] you have the story songs. You can kill a guy in a song and it’s okay and I love that.”
So let’s examine Carrie Underwood’s most ‘killer’ songs:
5. “Just a Dream”
“Just a Dream” comes from Underwood’s 2007 album, Carnival Ride. This song is slightly different from the other murderous tunes because the woman doesn’t actually kill her husband. It starts by fooling the listener into thinking Underwood’s narrator is going to her wedding. By the end of the song, the listener realizes she is actually going to his funeral.
4. “Choctaw County Affair”
“Choctaw County Affair” appears on 2015’s Storyteller album. Unlike the other songs on this list, this song was never a radio single. It tells the story of a woman who bumps off a not-so-lovely local society woman and ends up getting away with the murder in the end.
3. “Blown Away”
Many of ideas for Underwood’s 2012 album, Blown Away, were inspired by her home state of Oklahoma. This title track tells the story of a young woman being raised by an abusive and alcoholic father. Though she personally doesn’t kill him, a tornado hits while he is passed out drunk in the family home. The girl fled to safety and ditched her father for good in the process.
2. “Church Bells”
This one is also from her recent Storyteller album. It tells of a classic revenge story of a woman, Jenny, from a humble background who marries a seemingly perfect wealthy man. However, he turns out to be an abusive husband. After doing her best to hide the reality of her marriage, Jenny takes care of her problem the old-fashioned way: “Jenny slipped something in his Tennessee whiskey / No law man was every gonna find / And how he died is still a mystery / But he hit a woman for the very last time.”
1. “Two Black Cadillacs”
Carrie Underwood actually co-wrote her number one ‘killer’ song, “Two Black Cadillacs” is also from her Blown Away album. In this delightfully dark tale, a wife and a mistress form a plan to get revenge on the man who cheated on them both with a deadly result.
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