Counting Down Kelly Clarkson

Tonight I have the distinct pleasure of attending the Kelly Clarkson Stronger tour. I am so excited, it’s kinda ridiculous. This will be my fourth time seeing Kelly live and she’s just incredible. Her vocals are as astounding as ever going all the way back to winning the inaugural season of American Idol. Since then, she has sold over 21 million albums worldwide with all of them hitting the top 3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Her singles have sold over 19 million downloads in the U.S. alone and she has 10 Top Ten Singles and 3 # 1 Songs on the Hot 100. She’s also been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards and won 2 of them. Let’s be honest and just admit, she’s pretty amazing. So, tonight I will have the time of my life at her concert. With that said, I thought I would count down Kelly’s albums and official singles. Take a look at my choices and let me know yours. Then, watch for Kelly’s Stronger tour to hit a town near you soon, plus catch her on The Voice as a mentor, on American Idol next week performing on the results show and on the new singing competition series Duets this summer on ABC.

Ranking Kelly Clarkson’s Albums:
5. My December (# 2, 2007) * I admire this record for Kelly getting gritty and making the music she wanted. Alas, it was less pop driven and has become her least successful record to date.
4. Thankful ( # 1, 2003) * her debut album was a smash selling over 2.7 million records. I just wish there had been better singles chosen to maximize its potential.
3. All I Ever Wanted (# 1, 2009) * this “comeback” album was pop perfection yielding several hits and a Grammy nomination for Pop Album.
2. Stronger (# 2, 2011) * her current smash should figure big in next year’s Grammy race and has so many songs with hit potential, it’s ridiculous. Get the extended version too people!
1. Breakaway (# 3 , 2004) *it’s by far her biggest album selling over 6.2 million copies. And how weird that it is her lowest charting record! It’s also her best album with 5 giant hits and it won 2 Grammys for Pop Album and Pop Female Vocal.

My Top 20 Favorite Kelly Clarkson Singles:
20. “All I Ever Wanted” (Top 20 Hot AC, # 96 Hot 100, 2010))
19. “The Trouble with Love Is” (Top 20 AC, 2003)
18. “Because of You” (duet with Reba McEntire) (# 2 Country hit, # 50 Hot 100, 2007)
17. “Low” (Top 40 pop, Hot AC, # 58 Hot 100, 2003)
16. “Up to the Mountain” (*special live recording from Idol Gives Back hit # 56 on the Hot 100, 2007)
15. “I Do Not Hook Up” (Top Ten Pop, Hot AC, # 20 Hot 100, 2009)
14. “Never Again” (Top 20 Pop, Hot AC, Top Ten Dance, # 8 Hot 100, 2007)
13. “Walk Away” (Top Ten Pop, Top Five Hot AC, Dance, Top 20 AC, # 12 Hot 100, 2006)
12. “A Moment Like This/ Before Your Love” (Top 5 Pop, AC, # 1 Hot 100, 2002)
11. “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (# 1 Hot AC, # 2 Pop, Top 15 AC, # 6 Hot 100, 2005)

10. “Miss Independent” (# 1 Pop, Top 15 Hot AC, # 9, 2003)

9. “Sober” (2007, just missed charting but was featured on several TV shows like Smallville. This is one of her best and most underrated ballads. The vocals are just aching and brilliant)

8. “Breakaway” (# 1 Hot AC, Top 5 Pop, # 1 AC for 21 weeks, # 6 Hot 100, 2004)

7. “Mr. Know It All” (# 1 Hot AC, Top 5 AC, Top Ten Pop, # 10 Hot 100, 2011… currently the country version just hit the Top 40 on the Country chart and is available on iTunes today)

6. “My Life Would Suck Without You” (Top 5 Pop, Hot AC, Top Ten AC, # 1 Hot 100, 2009)

5. “Already Gone” (# 1 Hot AC for 8 weeks, Top Five Pop, # 3 AC, # 13 Hot 100, 2009)

4. “Because of You” (# 1 Pop, AC, Hot AC, # 7 Hot 100, 2005)

3. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (# 1 Pop, Hot AC, Dance, Top Ten AC and climbing, # 1 Hot 100, 2012)

2. “Since U Been Gone” (# 1 Pop, Hot AC, Dance, Top Ten AC, # 2 Hot 100, 2005)

1. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” w/Jason Aldean (2010, # 1 country, top 5 AC, Top 10 Hot AC, Top 30 Pop, # 31 Hot 100, over 2 million downloads sold)

And here are my favorite songs that weren’t released as singles….
“Beautiful Disaster” (2003), “Just Missed the Train”(2003) “Anytime”(2003), “Gone” (2005), “Where is Your Heart” (2005), “Don’t Waste Your Time” (2007), “Cry” (2009), “If I Can’t Have You” (2009), “I’m Ready” (2009)
And from her current album:
“Dark Side” (which is set to be the next single actually), “I Found You”, “You Love Me”, “The Sun Will Rise”, “Alone”, “Standing In Front of You”

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