"So Small" is a song composed by fourth-season American Idol winner and country pop singer Carrie

Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird. It is the first single from Underwood's second studio album, Carnival Ride, released in Canada on August 14, 2007, and in the United States on August 28, 2007. (See 2007 in music).
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"So Small"
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Carnival Ride
Released August 14, 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"I'll Stand By You"(2007) "So Small"(2007) "All-American Girl"(2007)
Carnival Ride track listing
"All-American Girl"(2) "So Small"


"Just a Dream"(4)
Alternative cover

First released cover

Music video
"So Small" at


[edit] BackgroundEdit

"So Small" is the first single for which Underwood shares a writing credit. Underwood co-wrote the song "I Ain't In Checotah Anymore" but it was not released as a single from her debut album Some Hearts.

Carrie Underwood's quote on So Small:

"So Small" is a feeling song on how people invest so much of their time and energy into things that aren't really important, and you don't really realize that until it's too late. We're all guilty of it, as I know I am, of just letting silly things get in the way. The smallest thing can almost ruin my day, and at some point, I realize, 'Good gracious, Carrie! What are you doing?' I have a great life, and we need to remember the things that are truly important.


[edit] Single releaseEdit

"So Small" was officially released to country radio stations on July 31, 2007.[2]

The single was digitally released on Napster on August 14, 2007, the same day it was made available for sale on the Canadian iTunes Store, but was removed after several days. The song was permanently available for download on Napster and released on the U.S. iTunes Store on August 28, 2007.[3]

She debuted this song at the 2007 Country Music Association Awards.

[edit] Music videoEdit

Carrie Underwood's video for "So Small" was directed by Roman White.[4] The video was originally planned to be premiering on September 13 on CMT, but instead premiered on September 20, 2007 on CMT, where the channel became "Carrie Music Television" and aired the video continuously from 6:00am–12:00pm straight, playing it an estimated 66 times. The video was also made available to purchase exclusively on the iTunes music store on September 20.[5]

[edit] Chart performanceEdit

"So Small" debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs on August 9, 2007, making the highest chart entry by a solo country female artist in 43 years of Nielsen BDS history.[6][7] The song subsequently debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles on the same day.[8] It made its debut entry in the Hot 100 at 98 two weeks later. It jumped 76 positions on the Hot 100 in its third week on the chart, from 93 to 17, with 71,000 digital downloads,[9] becoming Underwood's fifth top twenty hit on the chart.

The song also became Underwood's fourth Number One single on the Billboard country music charts, holding the peak position for three weeks, and her fifth consecutive Number One country single overall. On the chart week of December 22, 2007, the song fell from Number One to #10, the biggest fall from Number One since 1996, when Shania Twain's "You Win My Love" fell from Number One to #11.

However, "So Small" has become a cross-over hit, selling 962,000 downloads,[10] certified Gold, and managed to be in top 20.[11]

Chart (2007) Peak


Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 17
US Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
Preceded by

"Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" by Dierks Bentley

Billboard Hot Country Songs

number-one single December 1-December 15, 2007

Succeeded by

"Our Song" by Taylor Swift

[edit] Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Canada August 14, 2007 Music download Sony Music
United States[3] August 28, 2007 Arista Nashville
Canada Airplay Sony Music
United States Arista Nashville
New Zealand October 20, 2007 Music download Sony Music

[edit] Cover versionsEdit

American Idol season 8 finalist Matt Giraud performed this song during Grand Ole Opry week.

[edit] Awards and nominationsEdit

[edit] 2010 CMA Triple-Play AwardsEdit

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

[edit] 2008 CMT Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 "So Small" Female Video of the Year Nominated

[edit] 14th Inspirational Country Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 "So Small" Inspirational Country Music Video of the Year Nominated

[edit] 2008 BMI AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 "So Small" Songwriter of the Year (Carrie Underwood) Won