Common Sense Media says

Positive messages about self-esteem from former Idol champ.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of positive messages about being a strong, independent, honest person who doesn't lose herself in a romantic relationship.

Positive role models

Songs advocate a balanced approach to life and not putting up with disrespectful treatment.


One reference to knives.


A few mentions of kissing and spending the night together.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A mild line about pain relievers: "I'm out of things I can take, got a high threshold for pain."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stronger is a very clean album filled with many positive messages about having strong self-esteem and not putting up with disrespectful treatment. Aside from a few lyrics about kissing and adult sleepovers, the songs don't have any adult content or profanity. Though some of the tunes can be a bit melancholy, the overall album is still a great choice for younger kids looking for positive messages about self-worth.

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What's the story?

The very first American Idol winner -- pop powerhouse Kelly Clarkson -- is back with STRONGER, her fifth full-length album since winning the competition in 2002. In this collection of 13 songs, the overriding theme is high self-esteem, with Clarkson singing lots of lyrics about being true to who you are and refusing to accept shoddy treatment from a romantic partner. For example: "Thanks to you I got a new thing started ... Thanks to you I'm finally thinking about me ... What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller, doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone."

Is it any good?


There's a reason Clarkson won American Idol: She's an awesome singer. Clarkson uses her vocal chops to good effect on this record, knocking most of these songs out of the park. While the pop arrangements are a bit formulaic, Clarkson's excellent skills still manage to make ordinary songs sound special.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some artists sing songs about being unable to let go of a bad romance with the wrong partner, while others, like Clarkson, describe the opposite. Do musicians have an obligation to write songs with positive messages? Why or why not?

  • Besides positive music, what are some other sources of inspiration that you can turn to when you're feeling down and need a pick-me-up?

  • Are you surprised that Clarkson continues to be a major player on the music scene? Why haven't other Idol winners fared as well?

Music details

Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Release date:October 24, 2011
Topics:Great girl role models
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written bycraftygirl202 December 4, 2011

Amazing, Awesome Album

As a hard-core critic like me, I was surprised I loved this album. It boosts teen and tweens' self esteem as well catchy, fabulous music. 100 out of 100!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2012

It is a strong album that makes you... STRONGER! :)

I loved EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ALBUM. Honestly there is not that much profanity and the only sex talk is about dead relationships and moving on. Also it contains alot of positive messages. Most songs have a similar beat to Kellys younger songs. It really shows a sense of style but she also adds some variety going from pop to rock. Great Job Kelly C! Love it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old January 26, 2012

No things are hard to find from my ears!

While the whole CD is clean. Certain things which nobody quite spotted I'm gonna point out. In "You Can't Win", I think she talked about being gay and "pi**ing 'em off". Overall I think it's clean enough for 11 year olds who can handle mild language and more complex sexual talk without it becomeing eplict. Still, one of the best Kelly Clarkson LP.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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