Carrie Underwood Loved 90s Grunge Growing Up, but Country Music Has Always Been ‘Home’

by Halle Ames

Did our country music sweetheart go through a rebellious stage? Maybe not. However, Carrie Underwood notes that she used to love 90s grunge.

Growing up in the small town of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood had always been drawn to country music. She notes that the genre has always felt like “home” to her.

Carrie Underwood Goes Grunge

But one type of music we didn’t think would be on Carrie Underwood’s playlist was grunge.

Just imagine Underwood dressed in 90s Hot Topic gear, which unfortunately included the era of leather vests, cargo shorts, combat boots, chain wallets, flannel shirts, and tank-tops.

A sad time in American fashion history.

As the youngest of three daughters, Carrie went through an angsty teen phase, as most do during this period of their life. Along with her country music idols like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood looked up to legend in the rock world as well.

In a recent interview with Express, Underwood reveals her secret love for these bands.

“I was lucky enough to grow up with 90s grunge,” Underwood says. “In my teens, I was into Nirvana and Chris Cornell from Soundgarden. I loved everything he did. But I always loved country music. That is my home and my heart.”

Additionally, she may have sought out inspiration from an unusual source for one of her hit songs.

Between Stephen King’s books and horror movies, like the 1983 film Christine, Carrie Underwood got the idea behind the morbid hit “Two Black Cadillacs”. The song portrays a wife and mistress teaming up to killing the man that is cheating on them.

On a Lighter Note… Literally

Thankfully, Carrie Underwood didn’t stick to her dark, grungy horror stage and moved into something a few shades lighter.

Today, Carrie works on music that honors Jesus and religion more than heavy metal.

This past Christmas, Underwood released her upbeat and seasonal album titled My Gift. It was the 38-year-olds seventh studio album.

In an interview with People in January, Carrie shares the need for optimism in the world, and she is here to serve it.

“With everything I do, I just want to be positive. And we had the Christmas album, which was so near and dear to my heart. Last year was a tough year for everybody, and I think just wanting to be positive in this world and sing these songs that bring me so much joy. Hopefully, others can be like that as well, and these songs can bring others joy. That goes back with everything that I do. I just want to do positive things.”

A few days ago, Carrie Underwood debuted her first gospel album, titled My Savior. It features thirteen beautiful tracks.

“In my experience, people who have faith as their base fare better than those who are still searching for something,” notes Underwood. “That hope can help you make it through anything. When I feel my house is in order, the rest of my life falls into place.”