Kelly Clarkson Albums Ranked

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and television personality. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This”, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the country’s best-selling single of 2002. It was followed by the release of her debut studio album, Thankful (2003), which debuted atop the US Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her image, Clarkson parted ways with Idol management and shifted to pop-rock music for her second album, Breakaway (2004). After numerous top 40 radio number-one singles, such as “Since U Been Gone” and “Because of You”, the album sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards. Here are all of Kelly Clarkson albums ranked.

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9. Greatest Hits Chapter One (2012)

“Usually greatest hits collections (from any era) include some lesser hits or even some strong album tracks just to help fill out the collection, but not here. On top of that, all these songs are still played around the clock on radio today. Not the type of hits that are forgotten once they leave the charts. Pretty impressive.”

8. Wrapped In Red (2013)

“It has 5 great original tracks that really capture different sides of the holiday. It has pretty great production with huge instrumentals and amazing backing vocals. Then you can throw Kelly’s amazing vocals on top. She’s got the belts, and probably the sweetest head voice in music. She sounds solid in all genres, and is very fluid throughout.”

7. Piece By Piece (2015)

“Piece By Piece is a very enjoyable album, and Clarkson fans should not hesitate. The album is quite diverse and different, while being euphoric and bold. Nice! It’s a real soulful collection of synth-pop gems that’s more nuanced and better crafted than most modern pop. The sound quality is quite good, though a bit heavy handed on the compression (ie: loudness war); but fortunately, it doesn’t destroy the album by any stretch. Thank goodness the music and performances are so enticing. It also feels like the type of album that’s going to show us more layers, the more it’s played.”

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6. Thankful (2003)

“This highly anticipated album was worth the wait. Kelly’s voice brings quality to each song. The moodsy lyrics on “The Trouble With Love is” brings chills to you. Ballads such as “Some Kind Of Miracle” and “Anytime” showcase her vocal diversity. The upbeat tunes of “Miss Independent” “Low” and “You Thought Wrong” add a pop quality for the young at heart.”

5. Stronger (2011)

“This album is powerful…energetic…forceful…tough…unyielding….vigorous…and very well-made; so yes, STRONGER is the perfect title for Kelly Clarkson’s new album. In my opinion, there’s no top 40 pop artist that makes albums this airtight; except this brilliant singer with an ear for a good tune. The vocals are insane, the production is spot on.”

4. Meaning Of Life (2017)

“THE MEANING OF LIFE is one of the best albums I have heard by a contemporary artist in a long time. Love So Soft and Move You were tasty teases of what was to come, released as singles they immediately invoke a blue-eyed soul power that hasn’t been matched since Dusty Springfield’s Memphis Sessions resulted in her own pinnacle of achievement. THE MEANING OF LIFE is immense, intense, introspective, and individually personal, all while consistently raising the hairs on goosebumps.”

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3. All I Ever Wanted (2009)

“She’s very consistent as far as pop artists go. She took a step back on the songwriting here because of how her last album went. Kind of sad, I think she is much better than most pop artists when she is working with the right person. Not too much of her and not too much of them. This album definitely has more of a pop feel, although it does still have some of the rock-influenced styles in some songs. Has some messy production throughout. Most of the songs are good, but only a few really connect emotionally.”

2. My December (2007)

“Darkly beautiful, brash, vulnerable and artistically sound, “My December” has come early in the career of Kelly Clarkson. Few artists would have dared show what she has the heart to share with us after what seems to be such a short time. This collection of songs marks the official end of Kelly’s infancy in this business. She has graduated, with honors, and cemented her place in the elite world of Superstardom.”

1. Breakaway (2004)

“The production is excellent, the use of guitar thru-out the tracks is very nice. Kelly has created a true identity here thru the mainstream vision the band lays before her. I had recorded the Fantasia, Ruben, Kelly xmas special and I watched Kelly just blow the doors off those other two people on stage and I knew she was onto something much more.”