"Mr. Know It All" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

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.

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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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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 November 10, 2011

Good song

It was okay at first, but grew on me. Kelly Clarkson is an excellent singer. This song is about leaving a relationship when your partner is mistreating you. It has better messages in it than many breakup songs and contains nothing inappropriate for kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 October 2, 2011

kelly youre back

good song by kelly clarkson 5 stars
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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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Great messages
Great role models


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