February 20 2018
Add these songs by double-threat artists to your favorite running playlist.
As the inaugural winner of a fledgling televised singing contest, it probably seemed unlikely that Kelly Clarkson would endure. As loads of contestants on multiple shows have demonstrated over the years, there’s a remarkable gap between the ability to sing covers well on TV and captivate the public with new material. The fact that Clarkson has managed the latter feat over and over is proof that her small screen success was no fluke. With the released of her eighth album Meaning of Life this week, we’ve compiled a workout mix surveying a few of her finest moments.
The playlist below kicks off with the feisty “Mr. Know It All” and winds down with the wedded bliss of “Tie It Up.” In the mix, you’ll find all the hits you’d expect: the genre-hopping new tune “Love So Soft,” the landmark hit “Since U Been Gone” and the gym staple “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Elsewhere, singles like “Heartbeat Song” and “Catch My Breath” get the remix treatment, while overlooked gems like “Ready” and “Dark Side” keep the proceedings from lulling into familiarity.
Lastly, while Clarkson is probably best known for her powerhouse voice, what sets her apart is her intuition. Certainly she’s capable of vocal pyrotechnics, but most artists with her range are tempted to show it off—even when it distracts from the song at hand. In this respect, Clarkson’s voice is remarkable, but her restraint is what makes her truly unique. Moreover, when she does cut loose, the sentiment feels well-earned. And, those big notes will do wonders during your workout, when you need a pick-me-up. With that in mind, here are 10 examples of the master at work:
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo and era to find the music that best fits their particular workout routine.