Written by: Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson and Greg Kurstin
Produced by: Greg Kurstin
UK release: February 2012
UK chart peak: 8
Kelly Clarkson‘s best-selling song in the UK, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) also gave her a big old Billboard No1 in the US – not bad for a second single from a fifth album, ten years into a popstar’s career.
I think it was Popjustice who said at the time that it starts off sounding like The xx before crashing into an explosion of gay, and wow the FACTS! Managing to pull off the tricky feat of appealing to The Gays and the Heart FM playlisters all at the same time, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) is a fist-pumping, window-shattering powerhouse of an anthem; making the most of Kelly’s exceptional vocal talents and Greg Kurstin’s knack for clever but accessible electropop. The video, too, with its gloriously daft dance routine(!), is a delight.