Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

First Hit #1: February 18, 2012

Because we’re spending 2012 breaking up with people on the pop charts, here’s Kelly Clarkson with the triumphant breakup jam. This is a happy song, with Clarkson shouting from the rooftops that she is very glad to be rid of the man she was dating and be single. I actually like it for that reason, as a kiss-off anthem it’s at least positive about the benefits of being single, though there’s naturally a passive-aggressive undercurrent that exists in most songs of the kiss-off variety. Still, she has fun with it, and so does the production team which amps everything up to the rafters in order to make for a pretty decent bit of dance music, and it’s got the big hook that kind of defines 2012 as a year – it’s probably one of the easiest songs in the world to sing along to, taking a fairly well known old adage, rendering it simply but effectively, and then putting it in front of a big, attention grabbing beat.

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One Response to Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

  1. musicosity1 says:

    Another vi-IV-I-V song. Twelve years into her career, this song, fueled by its lyrical hook from Nietzsche, is clearly about more than just failed romance, though it does feed into Clarkson’s thematic preference for female empowerment at the rhetorical expense of the men in her life. But beyond the romantic aspect, Clarkson also bounced back from a disastrous third album chastened, making the music that people want to hear, like this heavy rock track.

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