Happy 30th Birthday, Kelly Clarkson! Relive Her 10 Best Songs (VIDEOS)

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Today, American Idol winner-turned-pop superstar Kelly Clarkson celebrates her 30th birthday — and Celebuzz is getting in on the action!

The bubbly singer from Texas, who since winning Idol in 2002 has gone on to receive two Grammys, three number one hits (including 2012’s ‘(What Doesn’t Kill You) Stronger’?) and millions of fans, is one of Celebuzz reader’s biggest draws. So, to celebrate, we’re recapping her 10 best songs, from the (admittedly sappy, but kind of awesome) ballad “A Moment Like This” to her breakup anthem, “Since U Been Gone.”

Check out our list below, then tell us: What is your favorite Kelly Clarkson song?

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 latest CD, Stronger, and rightfully went on to become Kelly’s first number-one hit in years. Give it a listen — you’ll be hooked from the very beginning.

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.

02. ‘Breakaway’
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.