Carrie Underwood just earned another No. 1 hit, and made history in the process. The American Idol alum landed in the top spot on the charts for her “If I Didn’t Love You” duet with Jason Aldean, making her the first female artist to earn a No. 1 single in the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The new achievement gives Underwood a total of 16 No. 1 singles.
Underwood spoke out about the song’s success on social media.
“Congrats on the country radio #1, [Jason Aldean]!” Underwood wrote. “Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this song, and thanks so much to our fans who have shown it so much love!”
Congrats on the country radio #1, @Jason_Aldean! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this song, and thanks so much to our fans who have shown it so much love! 🎉 #IfIDidntLoveYou pic.twitter.com/Sy3f9PyqWA
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) October 25, 2021
Underwood previously said “If I Didn’t Love You” was perfect for the two to sing together.
“Jason asked if I would sing ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ with him,” Underwood recalls to her record label. “I knew I liked the song, and Jason and I have actually been kind of trying to do things together over the years. We’ve sung together before, but we’ve never officially recorded anything together. It just kind of felt like this could be our moment. I felt like it was a little bit of an unexpected duet to other people, but I feel like I always knew at some point, I’d probably sing with him officially, and this just seemed like the stars were aligning, and it just seemed like it was going to be the perfect fit.”
As soon as Aldean heard “If I Didn’t Love You,” he knew he wanted to record it with Underwood.
“We had a short list of people to send it to, and Carrie was at the top of that list,” Aldean tells iHeartCountry.“We reached out to her. A lot of times, you never know what other artists have going on at the time. They may not have a window to release a song like this. Luckily for us, Carrie had a window. She liked the song…. When she came in and put her vocal on the song, it took it to a new level, and turned it into this big, huge, power ballad. It was something that we definitely needed for the record too.”