CSPC: Carrie Underwood Popularity Analysis

Carrie Underwood

Digital Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Some Hearts (2005) – 2,205,000 equivalent albums

Wasted – 1,310,000
Don’t Forget to Remember Me – 870,000
Jesus, Take the Wheel – 4,010,000
Before He Cheats – 6,610,000
Inside Your Heaven – 700,000
Remaining tracks – 1,200,000

Carnival Ride (2007) – 1,547,000 equivalent albums

All-American Girl – 2,650,000
So Small – 1,630,000
Just a Dream – 1,930,000
Last Name – 1,860,000
I Told You So – 1,640,000
Remaining tracks – 600,000

Play On (2009) – 1,248,000 equivalent albums

Cowboy Casanova – 3,080,000
Mama’s Song – 850,000
Undo It – 2,100,000
Temporary Home – 1,490,000
Remaining tracks – 800,000

Blown Away (2012) – 1,302,000 equivalent albums

Good Girl – 2,330,000
Blown Away – 3,300,000
Two Black Cadillacs – 1,310,000
See You Again – 1,140,000
Remaining tracks – 600,000

Storyteller (2015) – 350,000 equivalent albums

Dirty Laundry – 360,000
Church Bells – 660,000
Heartbeat – 490,000
Smoke Break – 600,000
Remaining tracks – 220,000

Cry Pretty (2018) – 93,000 equivalent albums

Cry Pretty – 210,000
The Champion – 410,000
Remaining tracks – 0

Orphan – 1,416,000 equivalent albums

Something in the Water – 1,300,000
Little Toy Guns – 560,000
Remind Me – 2,610,000
Somethin’ Bad – 1,410,000
The Fighter – 1,080,000
How Great Thou Art – 930,000
Home Sweet Home – 300,000
Praying For Time – 200,000
Do You Hear What I Hear – 100,000
I’ll Stand By You – 350,000
Remaining tracks – 600,000

Incredibly enough, Underwood never made the Top 5 of the Hot 100 since her initial #1 single Inside Your Heaven thanks to physical sales. Still, she is up to 20 million selling downloads. It’s again Jesus, Take the Wheel which paved the way to her success. This song now stands on 4 million downloads and ringtones. Before He Cheats did even better at 6,6 million to date.

The era Carnival Ride had no similar smash, but all its 5 singles sold 1,6 million or more. Her downloads remained consistent with her next two albums. Cowboy Casanova and Blown Away, one per era, topped 3 million sales.

It all changed with Storyteller. Its 4 singles struggle to hit 2 million sales combined. All of them peaked in the #42-#48 range. In truth, it’s all her last 7 singles that peaked there, including the recent songs Cry Pretty and The Champion.

Outside of her album’s promotional campaigns, she added a few hits too. This includes the 2016 hit by Keith Urban The Fighter which remains her last million seller. Without making much noise, Underwood stands on 54,4 million downloads and ringtones to date.

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I wish there was an update on this numbers


Wow cant believe Kelly Clarkson has better results than her. I guess she was much bigger than Clarkson in the US, but globally she’s not really that well known. Country singers always have a tough task of selling globally. Anyway, I remember watching Carrie Underwood audition for American Idol. And the moment I heard her voice I knew she would win. I was right, :). She’s such a great talent and she deserve the success she has.


BTW, you put the wrong cover on the Blown Away album. 😌

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Rell!

It is now fixed, thanks 🙂


Thanks. How does she rank among female country singers ? I know Shania is number one but is Carrie Underwood even in the top 5 ? Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Shania and Leann Rimes are top 4. Who’s the fifth? Reba ? Carrie ?


So Kelly Clarkson is still the best-selling music artist who came from American Idol. Carrie placing second is still huge cos I really didn’t expect her to be as successful as she now is.


I knew she would be very successful, and I knew exactly that she’s going to be huge in the US but not worldwide. She just have that star quality that many Idol contestant doesn’t possessed.


Does the above say that because I was going to say no way. In all aspects of her career, Carrie has passed Kelly – Sunday night football gig and the list goes on. She is considered one of the highest marketable artists by Forbes. Carrie is a super star in marketability.

Donald Miller

Gul durn, she’s good lookin’