"Two Black Cadillacs" is a song released by the American country recording artist Carrie Underwood. It was written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear. It was released as the third single from Underwood's fourth studio album, Blown Away, on November 26. Underwood announced the single on her official Twitter account.
"Two Black Cadillacs" speaks of a married woman planning on killing her cheating husband. Apparently, the mistress did not know the man was married. After the wife learns of the affair, she and the mistress plan to kill the man because of his actions. After luring the man to an alley with the mistress, the wife rams him with her car. The woman and mistress had never actually met, but they first made contact when the wife discovered the mistress' number on the husband's cell phone two months before the murder. After the murder, both women travel separately in two black Cadillacs (hence the song's title) to the funeral, where they meet for the first and only time.
The song has received positive reviews from music critics. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country stated that "vocally, Underwood is brilliant as always, and lyrically, she, Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear have penned a tight story", but went on to say that "compared to Underwood’s other hits, this song doesn’t stand out after one digests the macabre storyline. So, maybe it’ll only sell a million singles and reach No. 2", giving the song three-and-a-half stars. Daryl Addison, of GAC, praised the song, saying that "even with heavy thematic elements, the songs impressively maintain a pop/crossover shine and accessible sound, courtesy of Carrie’s pristine voice and modern delivery.". Kevin Coyne, writer for Country Universe, gave the song an A, complimenting her versatility, saying that "it’s a credit to her ambition as an artist. For someone so frequently accused of getting to the top without having to earn it, she continues to work harder than the rest of her peers just to stay there. American Songwriter wrote “Two Black Cadillacs” is an ominous tale of a wife and mistress working together to off their lover after accidentally discovering he had been cheating on both of them and Underwood sings in an evocative and vengeful tone. ."
The video was filmed on November 6, 2012 directed by P. R. Brown. It premiered on January 23, 2013.
Underwood's cheating husband, played by actor Mike Cortese, is killed after being chased down by both of his lovers after Underwood lures him to a dark alley and is chased by a car driven by the other woman. Scenes of the late night pursuit are interspersed with scenes of the funeral, which is only attended by some close friends and relatives. The black Cadillac revs up and smashes him against the wall, though this moment is not shown and his body is thrown in a lake. Underwood is then shown attending the funeral laying the keys of the Cadillac on the coffin. The scene flashes back to the 1964 Cadillac, as its crumpled fenders become smooth again. Underwood and the other woman are then shown walking away to the Cadillac then driving away with both of them in the backseat and no keys in the car.
The song debuted at number 55 on the US Country Airplay chart for the week of November 24, 2012. In the album release week, the track sold 8,000 copies. It also debuted at number 49 on the U.S. BillboardHot Country Songs chart for the week of December 1, 2012. As of May 15, 2013, the track has sold 762,000 copies. It also debuted at number 90 on the U.S. BillboardHot 100 chart for the week of December 29, 2012, and debuted at number 94 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of January 19, 2013. It was certified Gold in early March 2013. In mid-March 2013, it peaked at the number two on the Country Airplay chart, and number four on the Country songs chart.