August 10, 2012


Watch Kelly Clarkson's 10 Best Covers

C Flanigan
C Flanigan

Since hitting the road earlier this year, OG American Idol winner / flawless pop queen Kelly Clarkson has been letting her fans get in on her set list action. Kelly's been taking cover requests via Twitter from fans in the crowd before her shows, and the result has been a whole slew of amazing covers (and sometimes less-than-amazing fan-recorded video quality).

But regardless of the shaky camera situations, it's about time we countdown Kelly Clarkson's all-time best covers. The girl is pretty fearless when it comes to who she'll cover (Radiohead!), and some of these versions have us thinking Clarkson should have been the one to record the original in the first place (cough, Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," cough). 

Check out Kelly Clarkson's 10 best covers below, and let us know your favorites in the comments.

10.) Pink, "Perfect"
There's something about that "Pretty, pretty please / Don't you ever, ever feel / Like you're something less than, less than perfect" chorus that was just begging for KC to put her own spin on it. We're so glad someone got it on tape.

9.) Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"
Love you, Katy, but Kelly really hits this one outta the park. The wistful No. 1 gets dark and angry, a skill Kelly's got down pat at this point.

8.) Coldplay featuring Rihanna, "Princess Of China"
So this one wasn't exactly a live cover, but we make the rules here. Not many artists could successfully cover Chris Martin and RiRi at the same time, but this is Clarkson, people. Big leagues.

7.) Radiohead, "Creep"
Bold move! While Kelly's not quite Thom Yorke (no one is), she's not trying to be. The only thing that matters is she nailed that "run, run, run, run, ru-uuuuun" part.

6.) No Doubt, "Don't Speak"
Unfair disadvantage because this song is objectively perfect, but Kelly knows that and does it justice anyway.

5.) Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful"
OMG, chillllllllls. That is all. 

4.) Britney Spears, "Till The World Ends"
Kelly turned the dance club jam into a sultry midtempo track. And the "oh, oh, ohs" are still there, don't worry.

3.) Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"
Where do I even start? This song was basically made for Kelly, let's be honest. No offense, Demi, this was probably my favorite track of 2011, but DAMN. 

2.) Etta James, "I'd Rather Go Blind"
There are very few people who can even think about holding a candle to Etta James. Fact: Kelly Clarkson is one of them. Soul for days.

1.) Annie Lennox, "Why"
Never mind that this is from 2005. Never mind the poor video quality. This is Kelly Clarkson covering the highly underrated Annie Lennox. Press play. Again and again.