Carrie Underwood: Football Song Revamped

By: Lacy Langley - September 9, 2013

Carrie Underwood is officially a part of your Sunday Night Football viewing experience.

Donning a sleeveless sequined blue top and denim shorts with a pair of boots, she wanted to make the song “edgier”. She filmed the sequence in June at a huge studio inPlaya Vista, California. This is the first year that Carrie has taken the duty of singing the theme song.

“We all definitely wanted to make an intentional shift in the sound and the look and the feel of it,” Underwood said. “Because Faith put such a stamp on it. She made it her own. We wanted people to know it was someone else; it was me — my music, my sound, my voice, my look.”
The country singer bellowed out the new NBC Sunday Night Football Theme Song at the top of the broadcast, in which the song aired for the first time last night. She seemed very excited, as she cryptically tweeted.

For the past six years, Faith Hill’s “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” has been the long-running theme song featured at the top of the Sunday Night Football game, and back in 2006, Pink revamped it. Each version of the song has been complemented by a mini-story or theme, one somehow involving NFL stars, and Underwood’s is no different.

“The general story is Carrie is performing in a concert stadium, and in the crowd are these living cubes,” said Fred Gaudelli, the show’s producer. “Inside these cubes are NFL stars. They’re submerged in water, but then they rise out of the cubes and become themselves. It’s kind of a real world combined with a surreal world.”

“You knew you were getting a star,” Gaudelli said of Underwood, “but her ability to nail things the first time is unlike anybody I’ve ever seen, other than maybe (play-by-play announcer)Al Michaels.”

Michaels credits the upbeat introduction for attracting viewers who might not ordinarily tune in for a football game.
“And maybe we can keep them around for 15 minutes or so afterward,” he said, adding: “You hope the game is half as good as the open.”

Take a listen to Carrie Underwood’s theme song and tell us what you think!

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Lacy LangleyLacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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  • Susie

    The Sunday Night song has long been a favorite of mine. In fact, I would tune in to hear it even if I didn’t plan to stay for the game. Not so much now, folks. She has changed the best part of the melody.

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  • Ana

    I love it. I’m not a football fan but this song is energetic as is the game. Great performer and much better than the previous.

  • Bob Marshall

    Might have been a big fan if Faith Hill’s version hadn’t been aired first. Carrie’s good, but Faith was better- and hotter.

  • Ann

    I like Carrie Underwoood, but really think she ruined the melody. Faith Hills version is a super tough act to follow. I was looking forward to what Carrie would do to this great song, and am very disappointed.

  • mark

    This new version sucks! I looked (past tense) forward to Sunday night football… specifically the intro to SNF. The Faith Hills version rocked… it was something that one could sing with…. rock with.. and get hyped for every game. The new version is wayyyyyy to twangy…. “achy breaky heart”…. YUK!!! Who was the idiot that picked this version of the song…. Very stupid! Really,…. if I wanted to wine and cry I’d be watching the Hallmark or Lifetime channel. This is supposed to be Monday night football!!!!! The song should pump you up…. she is great eye candy…. and would look good swinging on a poll in a strip club…. but not NFL fight songs!!!!!

  • Julia

    So disappointed with Carrie Underwood’s version of this Sunday Night Football song.

  • Julia

    New version of the Sunday night Football Song is very poor. I do not like it!