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Carrie Underwood’s 11 Greatest Eighties Covers

From Guns N’ Roses classics to Bryan Adams’ nostalgic anthem

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Carrie Underwood has covered a number of Eighties hits in her career, including songs by Guns N' Roses and INXS.

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Carrie Underwood was a teenage metalhead. Hair metal, that is. Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, the future country titan developed a love for singers like Sebastian Bach and Axl Rose, whose elastic voices left a permanent impression. “It was people like [Rose] who taught me how to sing,” she said last year, tipping her hat to an artist whose songs she’s been covering since 2006. Here, we round up 11 of Underwood’s best Eighties covers, from Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” and INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” to nearly half of Guns N’ Roses’ greatest hits.

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“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Stevie Nicks)

Underwood was still promoting Carnival Ride when she joined Keith Urban for a cross-country tour in early 2008. Although technically the opening act, she returned to the stage every night during the middle of Urban's set, joining the headliner for a performance of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." The pair will hit the road together later this year, too, wrapping up 2016 with a tour of Australian venues.

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“Paradise City” (Guns N’ Roses)

With a snake dance that would make Axl proud — and a spot-on whistle shriek during the song’s intro — Underwood sank her teeth into “Paradise City” during a short, four-tune set at the 2013 CMA Festival. It was one of her biggest crowds of the year, with Underwood playing to a sold-out audience inside the Tennessee Titans’ hometown stadium.

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