Kelly Clarkson stepped onto the music scene and into the lives of many when she became the first winner of American Idol. That was 10 years ago. Since then she has released 5 studio albums, and has had 10 top ten singles. She has won countless awards and maintained a steady and solid career. Today she releases her first compilation album. Greatest Hits: Chapter One is a fantastic playlist of the American Idol winner’s top hits. Check out the playlist below…
For me this isn’t a complete greatest hits playlist. Noticeably missing from the track list is the Katy Perry penned “I Do Not Hook Up”. This could be due to its medium performance on the charts. Either way, myself and every other Kelly Clarkson fan has been gifted with three new songs that I’m sure will not disappoint.
The first new track was released a few weeks ago. Kelly wrote about the song on her blog saying, “To celebrate the strength and longevity that my fans, friends, and family have supported me with I wrote this song “Catch my Breath” with one of my best friends that has seen me through everything. This song represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that it’s time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today. The song will be part of my first ever greatest hits coming in November. Thank you everyone that has been a part of my career and life.”
The second new track, “People Like Us“, is an inspiring and uplifting pop-anthem that starts off similar to “Born This Way” but within seconds you realize this song is textbook Kelly Clarkson as the songstress sings “Hey! Everybody loses it / Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes / And hey, ya I know what you’re going through / Don’t let it get the best of you / You’ll make it out alive!” While the message of acceptance and togetherness is tad played out for me I totally adore this song!
The last new song is definitely my favorite and a turn in style musically for Clarkson. For “Don’t Rush”, Clarkson teamed up with Vince Gill for another country duet. Unlike the powerful “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, this song is a laid back, breezy duet reminiscent of the late 70s and 80s. It is a nice reminder that she is capable of far more than just breakup anthems. Many have speculated that Clarkson has been hinting at a new chapter for herself musically and may release a full country album. While this is just speculation, I would totally be on board with that!
Overall I think this is a fantastic Greatest Hits album. I love that they saved “A Moment Like This“ for the end of the album. Seriously, doesn’t that song just bring you back? The album is capped off with Clarkson’s cover of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” just in time for the holidays.