Kelly Clarkson first ‘American Idol’ contestant to earn 100 Billboard No. 1s

When DFW native Kelly Clarkson was growing up in Fort Worth and later Burleson, Texas, she never could have dreamed how her music career was going to end up. Clarkson entered the singing competition called “American Idol” in the show’s first season and was the first ever winner of the show. Now, 14 years later, The Boot reported on Friday that Clarkson has become the first “American Idol” contestant to have 100 Billboard number ones in her career.

This is very impressive, and it is almost assured that Carrie Underwood will join her there one day, but for now Clarkson stands along with the record. The very first number one for Clarkson came with “A Moment Like This” on Oct. 5, 2005. That song jumped from 52 to number one, which broke a 38-year-old record for jumping up the charts. In 2009, she broke that record when “My Life Would Suck Without You” jumped from 97 to one.

On Feb. 25, Clarkson delivered her amazing performance of “Piece by Piece” on “American Idol,” a song that made her, as well as judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, cry. The song also touched the fans, as it hit number one for Clarkson. This is now her 100th number one appearance on the Billboard charts. Carrie Underwood is second place for “American Idol” alumni, with 83, while Chris Daughtry is way back in third place with 40.

Since she was the inaugural winner of “American Idol,” Clarkson has released seven solo studio albums with Thankful, All I Ever Wanted, and Piece by Piece all reaching number one on the Billboard 200. He has sold 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide, making her the best-selling “American Idol” contestant to date. The 100 number one songs include all charts, national and domestic, that Billboard compiles.

Kelly Clarkson is pregnant, which she blamed her tears during her recent “American Idol” performance on. Because of the pregnancy, which will be to deliver her second child, and her first son, Clarkson is not touring right now in support of Piece by Piece. Clarkson is also part of Michelle Obama’s upcoming compilation album Let Girls Learn, along with Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Lea Michele, Chloe x Halle, Jadagrace, Janelle Monáe and Kelly Rowland.