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.