Carrie Underwood Vintage Pictures

There's a Whole Lot to Love About Carrie Underwood

There's a Whole Lot to Love About Carrie Underwood

Source: Getty / Dave J Hogan

You don't have to be a country music fan to adore Carrie Underwood. In 2005, the Oklahoma native was thrust into the national spotlight when she won American Idol, and the sweet Southerner quickly evolved into one of country's biggest stars. She's been at the top of her game — and at the top of the charts — ever since, charming even those who don't keep country songs on their iPod. Beyond all the music-related praise, though, Carrie's also inspired fans with her offstage personality and her real-life romance with Mike Fisher. In honor of Carrie's upcoming 31st birthday on Monday, let's enjoy a trip down memory lane, plus a look at all the reasons it's so easy to love her.

Front page image sources: Getty/Mathew Imaging, Getty/Frederick Breedon IV, and Getty/Dave J Hogan