All-American Girl (song)

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This article is about the Carrie Underwood song. For the Melissa Etheridge song, see Yes I Am (Melissa Etheridge album).
"All-American Girl"
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Carnival Ride
Released December 17, 2007 (2007-12-17) (U.S.)[1]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Country pop
Length 3:32
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Carrie Underwood, Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Certification Platinum (RIAA)[2]
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"So Small"
(2007)
"All-American Girl"
(2007)
"Last Name"
(2008)
Carnival Ride track listing
"Flat on the Floor"
(1)
"All-American Girl"
(2)
"So Small"
(3)
Music video
"All-American Girl" at CMT.com

"All-American Girl" is a song composed by country pop singer Carrie Underwood, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace. It is the second single from Underwood's second studio album, Carnival Ride, released in the United States on December 17, 2007. (See 2007 in country music).

Background[edit]

"All-American Girl" is the second single for which Underwood shares a writing credit, the first being "So Small", which preceded it. The song is a mid-tempo country-pop song, with a soaring chorus. Underwood stated in an issue of Entertainment Weekly that the high note during the bridge in the song is the highest note she has ever hit (E5, or the E an octave above middle E).[3]

The song centers around a "beautiful, wonderful, perfect all-American girl." The first verse tells the story of a father hoping for a baby boy to continue his legacy, but "when the nurse came in with a little pink blanket, all those big dreams changed". The baby girl now has her father "wrapped around her finger", and his heart belongs to that "all-American girl." The second verse then shifts to 16 years later when the girl is now a teenager who falls head-over-heels for the "senior football star." Just like the girl's father, she becomes the center of the boy's world. The final bridge tells of when the girl and boy get married and are expecting "one of their own". When she asks the boy what he's hoping for he replies with "one just like you": an "all-American girl." Underwood said the song is in part her autobiography.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, which premiered January 23, 2008, was again directed by Roman White.

The video features several different scenes of Underwood in different outfits portraying what an All-American girl could be behind different backgrounds through a green screen.

Throughout the video she appeared as an American olympic swimmer, an artist/painter, a nurse, a photographer, a cowgirl, a waitress, a ballerina, a chef, a cheerleader, a veterinarian, a beauty queen, a mother, a football player, a police officer, a teacher, a graduate, a college student (wearing a sweatshirt from her sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma), a bride, a flight attendant, a news anchor, an astronaut, a firefighter, a soldier, a surgeon, and the President of the United States. In one scene, as a reference to Underwood's video for "Before He Cheats", she wears the same black leather jacket and sunglasses while holding a baseball bat, with the same smashed red pickup truck in the background (whenever the newswoman is shown, along the bottom screen can be seen a scrolling news track, practically putting out an APB on Underwood for having destroyed the truck). Scenes also have her performing in a green zip-up hoodie and jeans, in an orange room.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Sales: 1,428,000[5]

  • The song has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Chart performance[edit]

The following table lists the peak positions for "All-American Girl" on the major Billboard charts.

The song reached number 27 on the Hot 100, becoming Underwood's seventh career Hot 100 top forty single. "All-American Girl" debuted at number 58 on the country charts. It has also reached number one on Hot Country Songs and spent two weeks at the top, making it Underwood's fourth consecutive number one on that chart and fifth overall, her sixth consecutive number one country single overall, and her seventh number one single altogether. It is her first number one to spend less than three weeks at the top of the chart.

So far, 1,548,000 copies of "All-American Girl" were sold in the United States.[6]

Chart (2007–2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 27
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 24
Preceded by
"Cleaning This Gun (Come On in Boy)"
by Rodney Atkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

March 15–22, 2008
Succeeded by
"Small Town Southern Man"
by Alan Jackson

Awards[edit]

2008 CMT Online Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 "All-American Girl" Most-Streamed Country Song of the Year Won

2008 BMI Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 "All-American Girl" Songwriter of the Year (Carrie Underwood) Won

2010 CMA Triple Play Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 "All-American Girl" Triple-Play Songwriter (along with "So Small", "Last Name") Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Gfa.radioandrecords.com. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Carrie Underwood: A very private ''Idol'' speaks out | Carrie Underwood | Cover Story Q&A | Music | Entertainment Weekly | 2". Ew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euiZAIx7s-w Carrie Underwood - All American Girl (Live on Letterman) She wrote the song loosely based on the fact that she is the youngest of three daughters (with no brothers).
  5. ^ "'Idol' track sales: Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez and more". Content.usatoday.com. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  6. ^ http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart-watch/chart-watch-extra-idol-vs-idol-201209548.html
  7. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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