Top 10 Kelly Clarkson Songs

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10. "Miss Independent" (2003)

Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent
Kelly Clarkson - "Miss Independent". Courtesy RCA

"Miss Independent" helped establish an identity for Kelly Clarkson in the pop music industry. She debuted the song in a live performance on the second season of American Idol. The song was co-written by Christina Aguilera. The song was first offered to Destiny's Child, but they turned down the offer. "Miss Independent" topped the mainstream pop radio chart and went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It earned Kelly Clarkson a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal. 

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9. "Because of You" (2005)

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Kelly Clarkson - "Because of You". Courtesy RCA

Kelly Clarkson wrote "Because Of You" with David Hodges and Ben Moody, both former members of the group Evanescence. She wrote the first version of the song as a 16-year-old trying to cope with the emotional distress caused by the divorce of her parents. The single became the fourth top 10 hit from the album Breakaway climbing to #7 on the US pop chart and hitting #1 at mainstream pop radio, #2 adult pop and #3 adult contemporary. The accompanying music video won Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Because Of You" was re-recorded in 2007 as a duet with country star Reba McEntire. That version went to #2 on the country chart.

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8. "Never Again" (2007)

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Kelly Clarkson - "Never Again". Courtesy RCA

Kelly Clarkson says that she considered dropping "Never Again" from her album My December because of its "nastiness." It does seethe with anger, and was not only included on the album, but also became its lead single. "Never Again" was written to represent an opposite mood from the songs on the album Breakaway. The accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn who had previously directed two other Kelly Clarkson videos. "Never Again" became another top 10 pop hit for Kelly Clarkson leading off a critically well received album.

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7. "Already Gone" (2009)

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Kelly Clarkson - "Already Gone". Courtesy RCA

According to the controversy that erupted, this is the song that Kelly Clarkson would have preferred to keep in the vault. Upon release it received a lot of notoriety for the similarity in sound to Beyonce's "Halo." Kelly Clarkson publicly accused producer and songwriter Ryan Tedder of re-using portions of the other song in the creation of "Already Gone." Music video director Joseph Kahn was also disappointed with the video he created for "Already Gone." He stated that he was never allowed to fully realize his vision. Despite the issues surrounding it, "Already Gone" is one of Kelly Clarkson's most powerful vocal performances and a haunting ballad. It spent eight weeks at #1 on the adult pop radio chart and has sold over a million digital downloads. It peaked at #3 on the adult contemporary chart and #5 at mainstream pop radio.

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6. "Mr. Know It All" (2011)

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Kelly Clarkson - "Mr. Know It All". Courtesy RCA

This is the lead single for Kelly Clarkson's fifth studio album Stronger. The sound moves in a more R&B oriented direction than she has yet explored on a single. Her vocals continue to mature, and "Mr. Know It All" shows her skills well. The song became her ninth top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It hit #1 at adult pop radio and #4 adult contemporary. A remixed country version of "Mr. Know It All" climbed to #21 at country radio. The striking music video directed by Justin Francis features a "wall of doubt" filled with derogatory press notices about Kelly Clarkson.

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5. "Piece By Piece" (2015)

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Kelly Clarkson - "Piece By Piece". Courtesy RCA

Kelly Clarkson co-wrote the song "Piece By Piece" with Greg Kurstin as, in her words, a sequel to the earlier "Because of You" but with a "happy ending." It addresses her father's neglect when she was younger, but recognizes a rebuilding of faith in fathers through experience with her own husband and child. Kelly Clarkson gave a powerful performance of the song on American Idol which earned a standing ovation and strong critical acclaim. As a result, "Piece By Piece" debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Kelly Clarkson's eleventh top 10 pop hit. It is the title song for Kelly Clarkson's seventh studio album. 

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4. "Breakaway" (2004)

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Kelly Clarkson - "Breakaway". Courtesy RCA

Avril Lavigne co-wrote the song "Breakaway." It was written in 2001 for her debut album Let Go, but ultimately was determined a poor fit for the record. Kelly Clarkson originally recorded it for the soundtrack to the movie Princess Diaries 2, but it later became the title song of her second studio album. "Breakaway" spent a phenomenal 21 weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. It tied Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" for the most weeks ever at #1 on that chart. "Breakaway" also reached the top 10 on the pop chart at #2 at both mainstream and adult pop radio.

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3. "My Life Would Suck Without You" (2009)

Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You". Courtesy RCA

This is the lead single from Kelly Clarkson's album All I Ever Wanted. It was a return to collaborating with Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The song set a unique Billboard Hot 100 record by leaping from #97 to #1 in its second week on the chart. That is the largest leap to the top spot ever on the chart. "My Life Would Suck Without You" is Kelly Clarkson's second #1 hit in the US and her first, and the first for any American Idol contestant, in the UK. It has sold over two million digital copies. "My Life Would Suck Without You" also went to #3 at both adult pop and mainstream pop radio while reaching the top 10 on the dance chart.

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2. "Since U Been Gone" (2004)

Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Kelly Clarkson - "Since U Been Gone". Courtesy RCA

"Since U Been Gone" is not only one of Kelly Clarkson's finest moments, but also the first collaborative project of Max Martin and Dr. Luke. Reportedly, Kelly Clarkson pushed to have more of a rock feel to the song. "Since U Been Gone" was first written for Pink, but she chose not to record it.The result was a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and one of the most critically acclaimed songs of the decade. It reached #1 at mainstream pop radio and #2 at adult pop radio. The accompanying music video won both Best Female and Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Since U Been Gone" won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal.

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1. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (2012)

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)". Courtesy RCA

Kelly Clarkson kicked off her fifth studio album Stronger with this aggressive, uptempo anthem about survival. She worked with producer Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Pink and Tegan and Sara among others, and Swedish songwriter Jorgen Elofsson. The title and chorus are a take off of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." The record was a four million selling #1 smash hit across pop, dance, and adult pop charts. "Stronger" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

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