|Single by Carrie Underwood|
|from the album Carnival Ride|
|Released||April 8, 2008 (U.S.)|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||Country, country rock|
|Writer(s)||Carrie Underwood, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey|
|Carrie Underwood singles chronology|
"Last Name" is a song composed by American country singer Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird. It is the third single from Underwood's second studio album, Carnival Ride. It was released in the United States on April 7, 2008, by which point the song had already charted. At the 51st Grammy Awards, the song won Underwood her third consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It has sold 1,078,000 copies to date.
The song is one of four tracks on the album co-written by Underwood, and the third consecutive one to be released as a single from the album. It is a moderate up-tempo describing a woman meeting a man at a club and later eloping with him in Las Vegas after having had too much to drink that night. She wakes up the next morning, "thinkin' 'bout Elvis somewhere in Vegas", to discover that she does not even know her last name (i.e., she married the man while she was intoxicated), and worries that her "mama would be so ashamed." The music video portrays the song as a prequel to her "Before He Cheats" song, even going so far as to hire the same actor to play the man in question.
The single was generally met with positive reviews.
Allmusic picked the song as a "track pick", calling the song "Miranda Lambert filtered through Shania Twain", and dubbed it a "one night stand anthem." Rolling Stone picked the track as their favorite, saying "the most fun is "Last Name," where she gets wasted and runs off to Vegas with a guy she doesn't know." Blender awarded the song four out of five stars, describing the song as the "most irresponsible (and fun) moment on the new album involves one wild night, one too many shots of Cuervo and one unexpected ring." Billboard gave a positive review of the track, praising the lyrics: "It's a cleverly penned lyric that hilariously celebrates drunken debauchery" as well as summing it up as "a performance that combines soulful vocals, edgy intensity and sassy attitude into a delicious cocktail."
However, it also received some negative reviews: The 9513 gave the song a 'thumbs down', describing the song as a "straight-laced performance" that just "places the focus on the vocal". Slant Magazine labelled the single as a "bald-faced attempt at recreating the 'Before He Cheats' phenomenon".
|2009||"Last Name"||Country Song of the Year||Won|
|2009||"Last Name"||Best Female Country Vocal Performance||Won|
|2010||"Last Name"||Triple-Play Songwriter (along with "So Small", "All-American Girl")||Won|
|2009||"Last Name"||Songwriter of the Year (Carrie Underwood)||Won|
The song is described in the video as what happened before the "Before He Cheats" video.
The video starts with some segments from "Before He Cheats" and then goes into a scene three months earlier ("before he cheated", it says) with her in the club drinking with her friends. The same man from the "Before He Cheats" spots her and asks her for a dance. From this point on, while the guy is with Underwood, he is flirting with every other woman he sees. After the dance, Underwood leaves with the guy in his car with fuzzy dice in the rear view mirror. They make it out to Las Vegas where they participate in a couple of gambling activities such as roulette and a Wheel of Fortune game where they win a new truck. Later they get married in a chapel with an Elvis impersonator officiating. They run off in his new pickup truck (the one used in "Before He Cheats") and the video ends with a spark from the chapel sign lights.
The song debuted at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, nearly a month before the single's official release. For the week of June 21, 2008 it rose from number five to number one, to become her fifth straight number one on the Billboard chart, her seventh straight number one country single, and her eighth number one Billboard single overall. This marked Underwood as the first solo female artist to have five consecutive number one's on the country survey in almost twenty years, since Rosanne Cash had a string of six number one titles between 1987-89. It is the third country number one from Carnival Ride and reached the top of the chart faster than the first two singles, taking only thirteen weeks. "Last Name" has sold about 1,078,000 downloads as of August 2011.
On the Hot 100 the song has reached number nineteen, making it Underwood's fifth top twenty Hot 100 hit, and the second from Carnival Ride.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||34|
|US Billboard Hot 100||19|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||31|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||27|
"I'm Still a Guy"
by Brad Paisley
|Billboard Hot Country Songs
June 21, 2008
"Better as a Memory"
by Kenny Chesney
"Before He Cheats"
by Carrie Underwood
|Grammy Award for
Best Female Country Vocal performance
by Taylor Swift
|United States||April 8, 2008||Airplay||Arista Nashville|
|United Kingdom||April 9, 2008|
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