Before He Cheats

Carrie Underwood

About Before He Cheats

"Before He Cheats" is a song written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear and the third wide-release single from Carrie Underwood's debut studio album, Some Hearts (2005). It was the fifth release from the album overall. The song tells the story of a woman taking revenge on her potentially unfaithful boyfriend/husband. The song became an enormous crossover success, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for five consecutive weeks, reaching the top five on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and becoming a top ten hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Before He Cheats" reached number eight and achieved a longevity of 64 consecutive weeks on the chart, making it the sixth longest-charting single in the history of the Hot 100 chart. "Before He Cheats" became the first ever country song to sell over two million digitally and was once the best-selling country song of all time. It had sold 4,312,000 digital downloads as of May 2016, and was once the best-selling song by an American Idol contestant but is now the third best-selling (behind Phillip Phillips' "Home" and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"). It has also been certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA, Underwood's largest-selling single to date. The song has received a number of accolades. At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, Underwood won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and the song's writers won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year as well. It was also named the 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association Awards. It ranked on CMT's 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade at number 25, along with Underwood's other signature hit, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", which ranked number four. 


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2015
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Right now, he's probably slow dancing 
With a bleached-blond tramp
And she's probably getting frisky
Right now, he's probably buying 
Her some fruity little drink
'Cause she can't shoot whiskey

Right now, he's probably up behind her 
With a pool-stick
Showing her how to shoot a combo
And he don't know

[Chorus]
I dug my key into the side 
Of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive
Carved my name into his leather seats
I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights
I slashed a hole in all four tires
Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats

Right now, she's probably up singing some
White-trash version of Shania karaoke
Right now, she's probably saying "I'm drunk"
And he's a-thinking that he's gonna get lucky

Right now, he's probably 
Dabbing on three dollars 
Worth of that bathroom Polo
Oh, and he don't know

That I dug my key into the side 
Of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive
Carved my name into his leather seats
I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights
I slashed a hole in all four tires
Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats

I might have saved a little trouble for the next girl
'Cause the next time that he cheats
Oh, you know it won't be on me!
No, not on me

'Cause I dug my key into the side 
Of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive
Carved my name into his leather seats
I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights
I slashed a hole in all four tires
Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats

Oh, maybe next time he'll think before he cheats
Oh, before he cheats
Oh

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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of several Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner, and a two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. She is the first female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fa… more »

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Written by: Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

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12 facts about this song

The Artist
"Before He Cheats" is sung by American singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood, who gained fame after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.
Breaking Records
The song made history in the country music genre. It holds the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100 for a country song - 64 weeks.
Chart Success
"Before He Cheats" peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 – the highest position ever for a country song on that chart at the time.
Multi-platinum Status
The song was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA, reflecting over 5 million copies sold.
Role in Music Video
The music video, directed by Roman White, features Underwood taking revenge on her potentially unfaithful boyfriend, an unusual theme for a country music video, which was generally well-received.
Songwriting
"Before He Cheats" was written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, and it was produced by Mark Bright.
Accolades & Awards
In 2007, "Before He Cheats" won two Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. It was also named the 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association.
Crossover Popularity
Due to its strong popularity, the song is often considered one of the major catalysts that helped country music reach a wider audience in the mid-2000s.
Fan Reaction
"Before He Cheats" became a fan-favorite, often serving as an empowering anthem for those who felt betrayed or wronged in a relationship.
Cover Versions
The song's universal themes and catchy tune have led to various cover versions by artists from different genres, highlighting its crossover appeal.
Central Theme
With lyrics about a woman vandalizing her cheating boyfriend's car, "Before He Cheats" touches on themes of jealousy, revenge, and empowerment.
Commercial Success
The song has been integrated into various TV shows, commercials, and films, demonstrating its widespread commercial success.

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