Kelly Clarkson is one of America's sweethearts in the music industry. With a powerful voice and a take no crap attitude, she's cemented herself as a favourite in the pop world. With a string of hits behind her, she's also had some songs that could have used some more attention. AXS is taking a look at five of Kelly Clarkson's underrated songs.
Taken as the lead single from her sixth studio album Piece by Piece, the single released in January was met with moderate success. It didn't have the caliber that a Kelly Clarkson song could have had but still faired well on radio for a short time. The song was passed on to her and she recorded it with her husband Brandon Blackstock in mind.
Also a lead single, "Never Again" was written around 2004 at the same time Clarkson wrote "Behind These Hazel Eyes" due to a nasty breakup. It was included on third album My December and while it peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100, it was surrounded by a public feud with Clive Davis and the label decided to pull the single from radio. The rocking track showed a bitter side of Clarkson and is still a part of her setlists today.
My December only had one official single but it was planned to follow up with single "Sober," a song that would receive no promotion and charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. Clarkson describes it as her favourite song she's ever written because she was given the line "pick the weeds and keep the flowers" and built the whole song around the phrase. It remains a fan favourite for its vulnerability and powerful bridge.
"Dark Side" was the third and final single from her Grammy winning album Stronger. It followed the No. 1 hit "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" and though a similar dance vibe, was moderately successful. It didn't top the charts but the message remains sweet yet somber with lines "Everybody's got a dark side/ Do you love me/ Can you love mine/ Nobody's a picture perfect/ But we're worth it."
Taken as the title track to her fourth record released in 2009, "All I Ever Wanted" was originally performed by Aranda. The funky retro track was released in select markets across the US as the fourth and final single from the set and failed to pick up across mainstream.