Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Deconstructed

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Written by Elofsson, Tamposi, Gamson, and Kurstin and produced by Greg Kurstin, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) was the second single released from Kelly Clarkson’s fifth album, Stronger, and to date has landed in the top 10 in eight countries throughout the world and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Dance Club Songs charts.So, what made Stronger such an effective song causing it to rise to the top of the charts? Just a few of the many factors contained within the report include:

  • An outstanding, engaging vocal performance from Clarkson that exemplifies raw human emotion.
  • Superior crafting that engages the listener from the get-go and culminates with an exceptionally strong payoff in the chorus.
  • A combination of Love/Relationship and Inspirational/Empowerment themed lyrics conveyed in a simplistic yet emotionally charged manner making it easy for the listener to connect.

First Look:
Here’s a first look at Kelly Clarkson’s vocal melody in Stronger. As you can see, her register reflects the emotional intensity present in each section of the song, peaking in the chorus and bridge.

You can find a full breakdown for each section of the song within the full report.

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