"Before He Cheats" is a song written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear and the third wide-release single from Carrie Underwood's debut album, Some Hearts. It was the fifth release from the album overall. It was named the 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association. It is Underwood's most successful single to date, with sales of over 3.1 million digital downloads. It is the second most sold single from an American Idol contestant, ("No Air" .