I Told You So (Randy Travis song)

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"I Told You So"
Randy Travis - I Told You So.jpg
Single by Randy Travis
from the album Always & Forever
B-side"Good Intentions"
ReleasedMarch 1988
FormatCD single, 7" 45 RPM
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Randy Travis
Producer(s)Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis singles chronology
"Too Gone Too Long"
"I Told You So"
"Honky Tonk Moon"

"I Told You So" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Randy Travis from his 1987 album, Always & Forever. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard and Canadian RPM country singles charts in June 1988. Travis had first recorded it on his 1983 album Live at the Nashville Palace under his stage name "Randy Ray". It became a local hit and one of his most requested songs at the club. In 2007, the song was covered by Carrie Underwood on her album Carnival Ride. Her version was released in February 2009 and was re-recorded and re-released in March as a duet with Travis. Underwood's and Travis's duet peaked at number two on the U.S. country charts in 2009.


"I Told You So" is a mid-tempo in which the narrator poses a hypothetical situation, asking how his lover would react if he said he wanted to come back home. He asks if she would say that she loves him, or "simply laugh at [him] and say 'I told you so'" because she has found someone else.

Randy Travis version[edit]

Travis first recorded this for his 1983 "Live at the Nashville Palace" under this stage name at the time "Randy Ray". It was a local hit for him. Travis re-recorded it for his Always & Forever and released it as a single. His rendition was a Number One hit on the Billboard country charts, peaking in June 1988 and spending two weeks at that position.[1]

Randy Travis later recollected on Twitty's response to the song's popularity. "We were working shows with Conway after it was a #1 song for us, and he remembered it; and for a while every time Lib (Travis' manager and later wife) would walk up to him, she'd just say "I Told You So." It got to the point that every time he'd see her coming he'd say "I don't want to hear it."[2]

Carrie Underwood version[edit]

"I Told You So"
Single by Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis
from the album Carnival Ride
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2009
Length4:17 (album version/duet version)
3:53 (solo radio edit)
LabelArista Nashville
Songwriter(s)Randy Travis
Producer(s)Mark Bright
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"Just a Dream"
"I Told You So"
"Home Sweet Home"

Carrie Underwood released a cover version of the song on her 2007 album, Carnival Ride; it was the fifth and final single released from the album.[3] Her version of the song was featured on the album Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2. Underwood's version has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock called the song "very much a welcomed addition to the charts." He also states that Underwood may "'over sing' the title a bit in the chorus", but "the rest of the song is no doubt her best and truest country single to date."[4] Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the duet version of the song an A, saying even though these voices are far too strong for one to blend into the background of the other, the soft purity of Underwood’s voice perfectly complements the ragged twang of Travis’s ragged vocal.[5]

Engine 145 critic Brady Vercher gave Underwood's rendition a "thumbs down" rating, saying "When she delivers the chorus she’s just a woman singing a song. Although technically proficient, it’s not very moving."[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the single was released February 12, 2009 on CMT.com. It consists of Underwood performing the song at the Grand Ole Opry in a short, black dress. Before the performance, she states that "I Told You So" has always been "one of [her] favorites growing up". After the performance, Randy Travis comes out from the back of the stage and compliments Underwood. He said he was going to perform that song that night, but after hearing Underwood, he decided not to. He told her that the song is "far better suited" for Underwood's vocals than his own.[7]

Duet version[edit]

A duet version of "I Told You So" featuring Underwood and Travis was released on March 17, 2009 to country radio airwaves. A digital single of the recording was made available for sale online to coincide with their American Idol performance on March 18, 2009. From the chart week of March 28, 2009 on, the song was credited to Underwood and Travis and marks Travis' first Top 40 single on the country charts since "Three Wooden Crosses" in 2002. The duet version won Underwood and Travis a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 52nd Grammy Awards.


Celebrating the Grand Ole Opry Week on the eighth season of American Idol and as Travis being their mentor, Underwood and Travis performed their duet for the first time live and on television. On April 5, 2009, she again performed this song at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards where she won her very first honor as ACM Entertainer of the Year.


Travis' version was released in 1988 and peaked at number one on the Hot Country Songs in June of that year and spending two weeks at that position.[1] Underwood's version of the song debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 38 for the week January 19, 2009, two weeks before its release date. On the issue date April 4, 2009, the song rose 48 positions from number fifty-seven to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Underwood's fourth Top 10 on the chart, and Travis' highest Hot 100 peak. With a peak of number two on the country charts, it became Underwood's second single to not reach number one along "Don't Forget to Remember Me" and "Mama's Song" which also both peaked at number two in 2006 and 2011 respectively, breaking a string of six consecutive country number one hits. As of January 2013, the single was certified Platinum, according to RIAA[8] and has sold 1,089,000 copies as of November 2015[9]

Randy Travis version[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
Canada Country Tracks (RPM) 1

Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis duet version[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 18
Canada Country (Billboard)[12] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 129
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 9
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 2
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[16] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 28


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Norway March 16, 2009 Music download Sony Music/Arista Nashville
United States March 17, 2009 Airplay Arista Nashville
Canada Sony Music
United Kingdom
Italy Music download
New Zealand
United States March 18, 2009 Arista Nashville
Canada Sony Music
United Kingdom


Randy Travis[edit]

1989 American Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1989 "I Told You So" Country Single of the Year Won

Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis[edit]

2009 Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 "I Told You So" Musical Event of the Year Nominated

52nd Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 "I Told You So" Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Won

2010 Academy of Country Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 "I Told You So" Vocal Event of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b Billboard Hot Country Songs
  2. ^ Archived page of Randy-Travis.com
  3. ^ Carrie's Hopes are High for CD #3
  4. ^ Carrie Underwood - "I Told You So" Archived 2009-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ http://www.countryuniverse.net/2009/03/24/carrie-underwood-featuring-randy-travis-i-told-you-so/
  6. ^ Vercher, Brady (2009-01-30). "Carrie Underwood - "I Told You So"". Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  7. ^ http://www.cmt.com/videos/carrie-underwood/341406/i-told-you-so-live.jhtml?id=1605031
  8. ^ https://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Carrie%20Underwood&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=50 Archived 2013-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6722951/ask-billboard-chart-beats-piano-man-returns
  10. ^ "Randy Travis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 4.04.2009 (wk13)". zobbel.de / Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Carrie Underwood Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  17. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Carrie Underwood – I Told You So". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 30, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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