"Mr. Know It All" (CD Single)



Clean, encouraging track from first Idol winner.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A positive message about insisting on respectful treatment.

Positive role models

The song encourages strong self-esteem.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Mr. Know It All" is a clean track from American Idol darling Kelly Clarkson. There's no explicit content or language; instead, the song focuses on its inspiring message about ending a relationship with someone who's not treating you respectfully. The song is a good choice for young kids who are just starting to build their self-confidence and navigate romantic relationships.

What's the story?

"MR. KNOW IT ALL" is the first single from Stronger, the fifth full-length album by Kelly Clarkson -- winner of American Idol's kick-off season. Known for her largely inoffensive lyrics, Clarkson keeps it clean here and adheres to a positive message about never settling for second best in a relationship: "Well ya like to bring me down don't ya, but I ain't laying down, baby, I ain't going down / Can't nobody tell me how it's gonna be ... Baby you should know that I lead not follow."

Is it any good?


Clarkson is one of the most successful Idol alums, and for good reason: She has fantastic pipes, which she shows off in this track. The catchy synth-pop hook doesn't obscure her excellent vocal range, resulting in a tune with an exceptional all-around sound.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to handle a difficult relationship with someone you care about who doesn't treat you well in return.

  • What do you think of Clarkson's career choices? Are you surprised that she's still popular years after her American Idol victory?

Music details

Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Release date:August 30, 2011
Label:19 Recordings
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old October 24, 2011

Great Song Positive Message

wow love this song,it is great, it talks about not letting someone else take over you're life such as a boy or a friend because NO ONE can boss you around like you are nothing and there are a 1,000,000$$.You can do this!!
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Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 October 2, 2011

kelly youre back

good song by kelly clarkson 5 stars
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Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012

Mr. Know It all!!!! :D

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