Kelly Clarkson Turns 31 Today. What’s Your Favorite Track?

Not only is today’s Alex’s birthday but it’s the original American Idol winner’s as well. So Happy Birthday to both divas. Can you believe the OG Idol is turning 31 today? Where did the time go? It seems just like yesterday when Kelly Clarkson was belting out Celine Dion songs in front of Simon Cowell and starring in From Justin to Kelly. Memba that hot mess?

In honor of Kelly’s birthday, I thought I’d share my Top 5 Clarkson songs to date. With five studio albums and a greatest hits compilation to her credit and three Grammys, narrowing it down proved very difficult. Do I go with perky Kelly, angry Kelly, pop-urban Kelly or ballad Kelly. After casting your votes in our poll below, keep reading to find out which Clarkson tracks are my favorite.

What Are Your Favorite Kelly Clarkson Tracks?

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My Top 5 Favorite Kelly Clarkson Songs

5. Never Again

Given that “Since U Been Gone” became an international hit, Clarkson’s team decided to delve even further to Kelly’s inner Alanis Morrisette. The result was a harsh, abrasive and angry rock pop song. Though it broke into the Top 10, it was considered only a moderate hit. Clarkson’s new darker persona wasn’t a hit with her fans. Personally, I love it when Kelly wails about being pissed off. That’s my girl.

4. Stronger

I wonder how many Toyota Camrys were sold as a result of the company using Clarkson and her song in their commercials? Have you seen it? So chessy, but that’s why I love Kelly. “Stronger” was the second single from her fifth studio album, Stronger. It became her third No. 1 Billboard hit of her career. I can’t get enough of this track. Only Kelly can make a jilted song so happy.

3. My Life Would Suck Without You

After leaving her really, really, really angry persona, Clarkson opted to go for a perkier approach for the lead cut from her fourth studio album, All I Ever Wanted. The decision proved to be a smart one. “My Life Would Suck Without You” became her second No. 1 song. It skyrocketed to the top spot during it’s second week on the chart, jumping 96 places from No. 97. The song’s chart climbing gave Clarkson the record for a solo artist to have a single have the furthest jump on the Billboard Hot 100 after achieving the feat with her 2002 single “A Moment Like This“.

2. Because of You

Nowadays, Clarkson is known more for her angry girl pop anthems, but during her Idol days, she was all about the ballads. By and far, this is her best slow tempo track. Kelly wrote an early version of this song when she was only 16-years-old to cope with her parent’s divorce. Originally she wanted it on her first album, Thankful, but record execs nixed it. After polishing it with the help of David Hodges and Ben Moody, the label agreed to include it on her career-making album Breakaway.

1. Since U Been Gone

DUH… As if there was ever any doubt. Hands down, this is my favorite Kelly Clarkson track of all-time. Surprisingly though, “Since U Been Gone” never hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. That said, this is probably the most important single ever released by Clarkson. It was universally loved and gave not only Kelly but the show, American Idol, music cred from everyone in the industry. No longer was winning the singing competition a cheesy thing. She was and always will be THE American Idol.

Honorable Mentions

I have to admit, this is my guiltiest pleasure from Kelly’s discography. This slow-tempo track was from her first album and served as the b-side to her “A Moment Like ThisIdol coronation song. What can I say, I love a good cheesy ballad.

I also had to add “Catch My Breath” as an honorable mention. Even though it’s only filler for her Greatest Hits album, it’s one of my favorites. Don’t understand why it didn’t blow up bigger than it did.

  • Marck

    My top five:

  • Anthony

    There are so many Kelly songs that people just don’t know but are fantastic. As much as I adore Since You’ve Been Gone, My Life Would Suck Without You, Stronger etc… the lesser known stuff is so good.

    Some of my favs are:

    Thankful – Thankful

    Breakaway – I Hate Myself for Losing You, You Found Me

    My December – Sober and Irvine (a whole new kind of Kelly)

    All I Ever Wanted – Save You, Cry

    Stronger – Hello, The War is Over, You Can’t Win

    Other than these lesser known songs, though, I will always be a sucker for Miss Independent, Walk Away and the unbelievable Because of You.

    Seriously, by far the best contemporary singer singing right now.

  • Dbrewer75

    Sober is my fave KC song and it deserved to be a hit. Sadly it didn’t catch on. It was used perfectly in an episode of Smallville so at least it had that.

  • Mitchell

    1. Since U Been Gone
    2. Sober
    3. Stronger
    4. Don’t Waste My Time
    5. You Love Me / You Can’t Win