Carrie Underwood tackled the tough topic of addiction in this 2007 chart-topper YouTube

Carrie Underwood never had a chance to warm up to being a star, but that’s what you get when you light the world on fire when you’re only 22 years old.

By the time 2007 rolled around, Carrie was already a huge star. In just two years she won “American Idol,” won awards from every organization ranging from the CMAs and ACMs to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and was preparing to release her sophomore album, “Carnival Ride.”

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So when “Wasted,” the final single from her multi-platinum debut album, “Some Hearts,” reached the top of the charts on April 21, 2007, success was already something Carrie had grown accustomed to. Even though she was just 24 years old at the time, Carrie convincingly tells the story of addiction and what the grip it places upon you can do.

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It’s amazing when you look at all of the amazing songs featured on Carrie’s debut album. From “Jesus Take The Wheel,” “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” and “Before He Cheats,” it was clear from the very beginning, this was a girl that’s got something to say.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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