Why Stronger is the Best Song on the Radio

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Hanna Munin

Okay so I’m not proud to sing to all of the songs on the radio. There are some songs that I feel embarrassed humming to, but Stronger by Kelly Clarkson is not one of them. It is super catchy. If you have not heard it yet, go listen to it! When I listen to it, I get up and start dancing no matter where I am. In the car, I turn into a pop star and just belt it out (but seriously go watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZDP_NVklc). Now you could take the obvious interpretation about the song: that it is about a girl that has broken up with her boyfriend and is so happy to be done with him. But this song applies to a lot of other things. I like to think that it can be an inspiring song for people who are just out of an abusive relationship. The song is all about how the partner was bringing them down all the time, and now that they are free of that rude treatment, they can live their life the way they want to.
But I think that this song applies to more than just relationships. It can be about breaking free from depression. It can be about breaking free from the sad feelings all the time. That it was the depression eating away at the person’s soul and wanting them to feel bad, but now that they are out of the depression, they can be happy again. Or the song can be interpreted to breaking free from an addiction and that the person is no longer dependant on the substance that had once been controlling their life.
An important aspect to this song I really like is that Kelly sings about how the things that have happened in her past have shaped her and made her better. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a powerful phrase. It is an honest phrase. Sometimes the things that are hardest to face in our lives in the end make us stronger people. So if you are struggling or feeling doubt about getting out of an abusive relationship or battling an addiction or depression, I encourage you to turn to this song. It’s liberating. And honestly, who doesn’t like to dance crazy around to a catchy song?

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