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"(What Doesn't Kill You Makes You) Stronger" (CD Single)



Self-esteem reigns supreme in clean, uplifting pop single.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A positive message about making it through a tough time and coming out more independent and self-assured on the other side.

Positive role models

Song encourages independence and healthy self-esteem.

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A reference to sleeping together: "You know the bed feels warmer, sleeping here alone."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "(What Doesn't Kill You Makes You) Stronger" is a very clean, positive track about not allowing a failed romantic relationship to ruin your life. Aside from one light reference to sharing a bed, it includes no adult content or profanity -- focusing instead on a girl who has the courage to leave the wrong guy and feel better about herself for it. It's an especially good pick for the legions of young Kelly Clarkson fans who are just starting to navigate romantic relationships.

What's the story?

"(What Doesn't Kill You Makes You) Stronger" is the second single from the fifth full-length album by Kelly Clarkson, the very first American Idol winner. Known for clean songs that include positive messages about having high self-esteem and not settling for second best, Clarkson sings about more of the same in this single -- telling a guy who wronged her that she can do just fine on her own: "Think you left me broken down/Baby, you don't know a thing about me, 'cause you're dead wrong/What doesn't kill you makes you stronger/Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone."

Is it any good?


When you have a vocal gift like Kelly Clarkson's, there's not much you can do to make a song go wrong. Her killer chops are on display again in this track, and while the pop-rock arrangement is a bit formulaic, you can't help but enjoy the tune for Clarkson's vocals alone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to have a good time doing stuff by yourself. What are some of the benefits that can come from spending time on your own?

  • Why do so many young people define themselves by whether they are in a relationship? Is there pressure to be partnered up? Why is it better to be alone than in an unhealthy relationship?

Music details

Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Release date:January 24, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 February 5, 2012

Good music and messages

I love this song! It has positive messages about not staying in a bad relationship, like her other single, "Mr. Know It All." There's nothing inappropriate except one implication of sleeping together: "You know the bed feels warmer/Sleeping here alone."
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

Great message! Amazing song!

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Great messages
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Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2015

A clean song that's about self- esteem

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Great messages
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