Best Kelly Clarkson Songs: From ‘A Moment Like This’ to ‘Since U Been Gone’ (VIDEOS)
When Kelly Clarkson won the inaugural season of American Idol in 2002, it was obvious to everyone that a new star had been born.
Now, nearly 10 years after she belted out A Moment Like This before millions of viewers, Kelly remains one of the most successful and talented singers in the music industry today.
This week, Kelly released her fifth CD, the appropriately titled Stronger, which features everything from Bruno Mars-esque melodies (“Mr. Know It All”) to classic Kelly anthems (“What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”).
So, in honor of the release, Celebuzz is counting down our 10 favorite Kelly Clarkson songs. Check them out below, then post your favorites in the comments below.
10. ‘Miss Independent’
The first single off her debut CD, Thankful, “Miss Independent” was Kelly’s first official test outside of the American Idol waters. Thankfully, she passed with flying colors. The catchy single, which was co-written by Clarkson and Christina Aguilera, among others, reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and set up the Idol winner for what was about to become a very successful career in the music industry.
09. ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’
This instant-classic is arguably the best song off her already-awesome new CD, Stronger, and is poised to become Kelly’s biggest hit in years. Trust us: You’ll be hooked after just one listen.
08. ‘A Moment Like This’
Sure, it’s a little sappy, but what American Idol coronation song isn’t? “A Moment Like This” makes our list mostly for sentimental reasons, but also because it’s further proof that no other Idol can belt a tune quite like Kelly. (Seriously. Remember Justin Guarini’s version?)
07. ‘Already Gone’
In one of her many collaborations with Ryan Tedder, “Already Gone” was second-most successful single off All I Ever Wanted, landing just outside of the top 10, at number 13. The somber ballad, in which Kelly laments the loss of another bad boyfriend, is another example of her ability to infuse a song with spot-on vocals and genuine emotion.
06. ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’
Proving she’ll always be a little bit country, the Texas-born Kelly teamed with an unlikely partner – country singer Jason Aldean – on his single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” in 2010. The result: A poignant and touching duet, one that landed Jason and Kelly at the top of the Billboard Country Singles chart for the first time in Kelly’s career.
05. ‘Because of You’
Adele isn’t the only singer out there who can rock a ballad all the way to the Billboard top 10. Indeed, Kelly did just that when she released the piano ballad “Because of You,” which peaked at number seven in 2005. The song was later turned into a duet with Reba McEntire, and while it was a huge success for both ladies, the original will always be our favorite.
04. ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’
Following the release of My December, Kelly needed a comeback single to thrust her back into the pop music spotlight. Enter “My Life Would Suck Without You,” an infectious, roll-down-your-windows-and-blast-your-speakers single that not only gave Kelly a much-appreciated career boost, but her second number-one single, as well.
03. ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’
“Since U Been Gone” isn’t an easy act to follow. Luckily, Kelly picked “Behind These Hazel Eyes” as the third single off her uber-successful sophomore CD, Breakaway, which once again landed her on the Billboard Top 10. With its heavy guitar and drum beats, the song was also one step further into the pop-rock world for Kelly, allowing her to win over even more fans in the process.
By the time her second CD was ready to come out, it was clear that Kelly was ready to move on from her days on American Idol. Fitting, then, that she released the CD’s title track, “Breakaway,” as her first single. Within the very first notes of the song, the message was clear: Kelly was more than just a reality show winner, and it was time for her to spread her wings and, well, break away. Two Grammys later, we think she made the right call.
01. ‘Since U Been Gone’
In what has become one of the definitive songs of the new millennium, and one of the all-time great break-up anthems, “Since U Been Gone“ is Kelly Clarkson at the top of her game: fun, feisty and empowering, all backed by vocals that would make even Mariah Carey sit down for a second. Seven years later, “Since U Been Gone” remains as epic and awesome as its very first listen.