From early in her career until the present, Carrie Underwood has been branded as the quintessential, all-American good girl. During her “American Idol” days, she was demure, gentle and even soft-spoken until she hit the stage and proved she was one of the most powerful singers in the music industry. After her tenure on the hit reality show, songs like “Inside Your Heaven,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” only further embedded that image into her fans’ minds.
Likewise, Miranda Lambert was labeled as a bit of a sassy, don’t-take-any-crap, badass of a girl singer. Powerhouse tracks and impactful videos for songs like “Kerosene” and “Gunpowder & Lead” rapidly overpowered softer tunes to the point that she was rapidly pegged as a surly, rebellious renegade, and instead of rebuking those descriptions, Ran embraced them, incorporating them into her look and her onstage demeanor.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold it. Now, we love both of these girls equally, but we are also reminded that both of these beautiful and strong woman have songs that reflect all sides of a woman’s personality. Carrie can most definitely be tough and sassy, and Miranda becomes tender and vulnerable on her sweeter songs.
So, who does which better? Well, that’s up to you, but here’s some video evidence for your consideration.
Carrie Underwood – Sugar?
“Before He Cheats” – She gets her revenge on a cheating boyfriend through his prize possession – his truck. Talk about justice.
“Last Name” – So inebriated, she couldn’t remember that she married a man in Vegas and doesn’t even know her own last name.
“Blown Away” – Abusive daddy bites it — intentionally — in a tornado.
“Two Black Cadillacs” – Again we say, don’t cheat on this girl or you’ll be making out with a car bumper.
Miranda Lambert – Spice?
“Me and Charlie Talking” – The longing of innocent young love.
“Famous In A Small Town” – Reminiscent of the beauty of small-town life.
“More Like Her” – The ache and regret of a broken heart.
“The House That Built Me” – She’s at her vulnerable best when she’s looking back at sweet memories.
“Something Bad” – Thelma and Louise? Mary Ann and Wanda? Nope, Miranda and Carrie. They’re amazing on their own, but we can’t but love them twice as much as when they’re together.