"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).
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"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 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"


"All-American Girl"


"So Small"(3)
Music video
"All-American Girl" at


[edit] BackgroundEdit

"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.[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 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]

[edit] Music videoEdit

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.

[edit] Sales and certificationsEdit

Sales: 1,428,000[5]

  • The song has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

[edit] Chart performanceEdit

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

The song reached #27 on the Hot 100, becoming Underwood's seventh career Hot 100 top forty single. "All-American Girl" debuted at #58 on the country charts. It has also reached #1 on Hot Country Songs and spent 2 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 #1 to spend less than 3 weeks at the top of the chart. It spent 5 weeks at number 1 on Canada's Country Chart proving to be a big hit there.

So far, 1,428,000 copies of "All-American Girl" were sold in the USA.

Chart (2007–2008) Peak


Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 27
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
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

[edit] AwardsEdit

[edit] 2008 CMT Online AwardsEdit

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

[edit] 2008 BMI AwardsEdit

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

[edit] 2010 CMA Triple Play AwardsEdit

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