100 songs of the decade: Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

 100 songs of the decade: Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

Written by: Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson and Greg Kurstin
Produced by: Greg Kurstin
Album: Stronger
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.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.