When you hear the name Carrie Underwood, what one song do you remember of her? In 2012, Underwood said that if ever there will be one song that people will remember and associate her with, it would be “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”
“Jesus, Take the Wheel. I would pick an important one. Not ‘Before He Cheats’ or ‘Good Girl,’ none of that. Something that somebody can hear and it would make them feel better or help them through an important time or a tough time in their life.” –Entertainment Weekly
“Jesus Take the Wheel” in Billboard
Carrie Underwood’s song “Jesus, Take the Wheel” is definitely one of the biggest hits of her career. She released the song in 2005 as the second single on her first studio album, Some Hearts. Her song “Jesus, Take the Wheel” is a big hit for Carrie. The song entered four charts in the Billboard. First, it reached No. 1 on the Country Billboard chart. Second, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” placed at No. 4 on the Christian chart. Third, No. 23 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Last, it secured the No. 20th position on the Billboard Hot 100.
RIAA and Awards
Aside from having her song enter the top of the charts, Carrie was able to sell a total of 3 million copies. Therefore, RIAA has Triple Platinum-certified her song. Carrie won her first award because of her song. In 2006, she won the ACM Single of the Year, CMT Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year. Moreover, her song won two Grammy awards in 2007 (Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.)
The Song’s Meaning
Carrie does deserve to win because not only is she an excellent artist but when you listen carefully to the song you’ll agree that the song is really an award-winning single. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” is a story of a woman who is driving home to visit her parents on Christmas Eve. She was traveling with her child and while she’s traveling, she loses control of the car. Her child was not moving on the backseat. She was afraid, and she thought of Jesus. She prayed to God and told Him to take control of everything because she cannot do anything anymore. We can all relate to the woman in the song. When life is becoming heavy, let Jesus take the wheel and drive it for us. He will always lead us to safety.
Carrie’s song is worth listening to, and it is a memorable song. This will definitely be the song people will remember Carrie Underwood.