17 August 2016

top 100 of the '00s | 68. kelly clarkson - "my life would suck without you"

I remember thinking how cool and edgy it was for someone to use the word "suck" in the title of a Top 40 song, almost exactly one year before Cee Lo dropped his solo debut on the world.

The layering of guitars and synths is just perfect here. It pushes and pulls between verse and chorus, working in tandem with the emotional roller coaster of the singer.

It was the first song since Sheryl Crow's "My Favorite Mistake" to put some hope into the idea of being stuck in (what often feels like?) a hopeless relationship.

We probably are not, in fact, better off without most people who piss us off.