2007: 'Carnival Ride'

If 'Some Hearts' had a good first week of sales, 'Carnival Ride' was great. Carrie Underwood sold over 527K copies during its first week in Oct. 2007. While the singer helped pen 'I Ain't in Checotah Anymore' on 'Some Hearts,' fans got to know her better through the song writing on 'Carnival Ride.' The first three singles -- 'So Small,' 'All American Girl' and 'Last Name' -- were co-written by the then-24-year-old.

By late 2007, the awards were really piling up. Grammys, People's Choice Awards, ACMs, CMAs, AMAs … She repeated as Female Vocalist of the Year at both of the major country award shows and earned Grammy recognition for 'Last Name.' The highlight was her first Entertainer of the Year award at the Academy Country Music Awards in 2009.

During this time, Underwood dated and broke up with 'Gossip Girl' actor Chase Crawford and met her now husband, NHL player Mike Fisher.