Kelly Clarkson Has More No. 1 Hits Than Actual Songs

January 25, 2013 By:
Kelly Clarkson Has More No. 1 Hits Than Actual Songs


As the viewership of FOX’s “American Idol” conintues to stumble, its pop music prom queen, who stormed the stage in the show's debut season, continues to break records. 

Kelly Clarkson has earned her 80th Billboard No. 1, this time for her current bouncy hit, “Catch My Breath.” 

This week the track earned its place at the top spot on the Hot Dance Club Play chart after spending two consecutive weeks on the list at lower positions.

The “80” number comes as a bit of a shock, seeing as the singer doesn’t even have that many individual songs to her name yet. The number, instead, can be attributed to various placements on different charts. 

Not including two “Smokestack Sessions” EPs or bonus tracks, Kelly has only ever put out 64 songs. In her ten years since winning the debut of the singing competition series, Kelly has unleashed a total of five albums:

Thankful (2003) — 12 tracks 

Breakaway (2004) — 12 tracks

My December (2007) — 13 tracks

All I Ever Wanted (2009) — 14 tracks

Stronger (2011) — 13 tracks

It’s still an achievement, nonetheless. Kelly is the first “Idol” grad to reach this 80 No. 1 milestone. The series as a whole holds a total of 374 No. 1s. 

Until recently, Kelly’s megahit “A Moment Like This,” which Kelly performed while still on “Idol,” was the most successful show-produced single to directly come out of the series. That record was just ousted by Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and his Mumford & Sons-evoking “Home,” which just landed at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. 

Check out this throwback to Kelly’s win here: