"I Told You So"
is the title of a song written and
originally recorded by American country
singer Randy Travis
rendition was released in 1988 from his album Always &
and reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard
country singles charts
in June of that year. In 2007, the song was covered by Carrie Underwood
on her album Carnival Ride
, and her version was
released in February 2009 as that album's fifth single. Underwood's
version was re-recorded and re-released in March as a duet with
Travis, reaching a peak of #2 on the U.S. country charts in
"I Told You So" is a mid-tempo in which the narrator poses a
hypothetical situation, asking how his lover would react if he said
he wanted to come back home. He asks if she would say that she
loves him, or "simply laugh at [him] and say 'I told you so'"
because she has found someone else.
Randy Travis version
Randy Travis wrote the song and initially pitched to other artists
such as Conway Twitty
, Gary Morris
and Earl Thomas
all of whom turned it down. Randy decided to use it
himself and recorded it for his 1987 album Always &
and released it as a single. His rendition was a
Number One hit on the Billboard
country charts, peaking
in June 1988 and spending two weeks at that position. In 1989, it
won an American Music Award
Favorite Country Single.
Randy Travis later recollected on Twitty's response to the song's
popularity. "We were working shows with Conway after it was a #1
song for us, and he remembered it; and for a while every time Lib
(Travis' Manager and Wife) would walk up to him, she'd just say "I
Told You So." It got to the point that every time he'd see her
coming he'd say "I don't want to hear it."
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks
Carrie Underwood version
A cover version was recorded by Carrie
on her 2007 album Carnival Ride
. It is the fifth and final
single released from the album.
Her version of the song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call
Country Volume 2
Matt Bjorke of Roughstock called the song "very much a welcomed
addition to the charts." He also states that Underwood may "'over
sing' the title a bit in the chorus", but "the rest of the song is
no doubt her best and truest country single to date."
Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the duet version of the
song an A, saying even though these voices are far too strong for
one to blend into the background of the other, the soft purity of
Underwood’s voice perfectly complements the ragged twang of
Travis’s ragged vocal.
The 9513 critic Brady Vercher, however, gave Underwood's rendition
a "thumbs down" rating, saying "When she delivers the chorus she’s
just a woman singing a song. Although technically proficient, it’s
not very moving."
A music video for the single was released February 12, 2009 on
CMT.com. It consists of Underwood performing the song
at the Grand Ole
Opry in a short, black dress.
performance, she states that "I Told You So" has always been "one
of [her] favorites growing up". After the performance, Randy Travis
comes out from the back of the stage and compliments Underwood. He
said he was going to perform that song that night, but after
hearing Underwood, he decided not to. He told her that the song is
"far better suited" for Underwood's vocals than his own.
Another version of "I Told You So" was released on March 17, 2009
to country radio airwaves as a new studio recording which pairs
Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis. A digital single of that
recording was made available for sale online to coincide with their
March 18, 2009. From the chart week of March 28, 2009 on, the song
was credited to Underwood and Travis and marks Travis' first Top 40
single on the country charts since "Three Wooden Crosses
" in 2003.
Celebrating the Grand Ole Opry Week on American Idol Season 8
and as Travis
being their mentor, Underwood and Travis performed their duet for
the first time live and on television. On April 5, 2009, she again
performed this song at the 2009 Academy of Country Music
where she won her very first nomination as 2009 ACM
Entertainer of the Year.
Underwood's version of the song debuted on the Hot Country Songs
chart at #38 for the
week January 19, 2009, two weeks before its release date. On the
issue date April 4, 2009, the song rose 48 positions from #57 to #9
on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Carrie Underwood's 4th Top 10
on the chart, and Travis' highest Hot 100 peak. With a #2 country
peak, it is Underwood's first single since 2006's "Don't Forget to Remember Me
miss Number One, breaking a string of six consecutive country
Number One hits.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100
|Canadian Radio & Records Country
|Canadian Hot 100
- Billboard Hot Country Songs
- Rock on the Net
- Archived page of Randy-Travis.com
- Carrie's Hopes are High for CD #3
- Carrie Underwood - "I Told You So"