kelly clarkson made his name on the stage of american idol, becoming the first talent show winner to sing great pop music hits. Since then, the artist has built a career of her own hits, and since 2019 she has also acted as presenter of The Kelly ClarksonShowon open American TV.
The show masterfully uses Clarkson’s charisma for real conversations with big names in entertainment. However, the highlight of the attraction is the opening, when Kelly appears on stage – or in the middle of the audience – singing a surprise song. These moments were called kellyoke and they worked so well that they became an EP.
Surprising with each new episode, Kelly Clarkson shows that she hasn’t lost her talent for masterfully recreating songs. Her musical choices offer new interpretations for songs from her musical universe, or present a whole new vocal path.
Check out a selection of 15 Kelly Clarkson covers for awesome songs on the Kellyoke chart below!
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
She’s indie, people! Kelly Clarkson shows that she manages to recreate the intensity of what is certainly one of the best songs on the Arctic monkeysbut in a very own way.
The Offspring – “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)”
Kelly Clarkson manages to reprise the spirit of 90s pop punk when singing The Offspring, showing a totally different side of her vocals. The band’s official YouTube profile commented on the video: “you can join us on stage anytime, Kelly Clarkson!” Can you imagine this feat?
blink-182 – “All The Small Things”
The costumes deliver: yes, it’s 90’s rock. Kelly takes up this hit from her adolescence, adding the irreverence of blink-182 with her stage presence. She couldn’t look bad.
Bruno Mars – “Finesse”
Kelly Clarkson’s charisma shines through in this video. The artist descends the stairs towards the public, with a ballet that is not predictable “hidden” in the middle of the audience. Everyone ends up being part of this festive moment.
Lizzo – “Good As Hell”
One of the best vocalists of today gets a re-recording of one of the best vocalists of today. The notes that Kelly Clarkson achieves when recreating Lizzo’s playful music are impressive.
Radiohead – “Fake Plastic Trees”
This is yet another moment in which the band y’all, who accompanies Clarkson on stage, shines along with her. It couldn’t be any different when recreating one of Radiohead’s most brilliant songs.
Dolly Parton – “9 to 5”
After re-recording together this success of Dolly, present in the soundtrack of the film “How to Eliminate Your Boss”, the country superstar went on Kelly Clarkson’s show to participate in Kellyoke. It’s not every day that this happens, which makes this version a special moment.
Prince – “1999”
The innovative and dancing atmosphere of Prince’s success takes over the program’s stage, with the band’s kitchen shining and backing vocals of respect.
Destiny’s Child – “Survivor”
Kelly Clarkson updates what was one of Destiny’s Child’s last hits before the R&B trio’s demise. But Kelly shows how seminal this song was for today’s sound, with a very powerful arrangement.
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
This cover was so well done that it gained space on the EP “Kellyoke”in addition to being praised by none other than FINNEAS, brother of Billie Eilish and co-author of the track. Not bad.
Cher – “Strong Enough”
Kelly is also disco! She aimed high at runway queen Cher in a rendition of this feminist anthem, without letting the shuttlecock (or mirror globe) drop.
Pixies – “Where Is My Mind”
Kelly Clarkson shines even when she takes a song totally outside her comfort zone. Clearly she is a fan of Pixies, but has a different vocal profile than Black Francis. This reinterpretation fits into the category of covers that are good because they are so different.
Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”
Kelly delivers another interpretation of alternative rock that shows not only her good taste in music, but also her versatility as a performer. Another unexpected cover that works very well.
Bleachers – “I Wanna Get Better”
This is indie pop at its core! The Bleachers of Jack Antonoff recorded this song on the album “Strange Desire” and gained a new vibe in this reinterpretation of Kelly Clarkson.
Whitney Houston – “Queen of the Night”
A somber intro does not prepare you for the sound that turns this reinterpretation of the song by Whitney Houston, present on the soundtrack of The bodyguard. With exquisite backing vocals and a really electric guitarist, this cover is chilling.