By Christian Holub and Kristin Vartan
September 17, 2019 at 07:08 PM EDT

Before she was the host of a new self-titled daytime talk show, Kelly Clarkson was the very first winner of American Idol, with a subsequent musical career to match. Though The Kelly Clarkson Show features fun interviews with guests like Dwayne Johnson and Chance the Rapper, the host still has plenty of time for singing. Each episode includes Clarkson covering one pop song (ranging from recent bangers like the Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker” to classic hits like Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”).

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Here are all of the “Kellyoke” covers in one place — listed chronologically, with the latest at the top. (Note: Some videos have been removed from the official Kelly Clarkson Show YouTube channel.)

‘No Bad News’ by Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin’s rock anthem gets a country makeover with warm backup harmonies and an acoustic guitar.

‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes

A seven nation army couldn’t hold Kelly Clarkson back from performing a killer cover, especially when she has the University of Southern California’s Marching Band to accompany her.

‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ by Elle King

Clarkson put her own spin on King’s track with some improvised falsetto and signature belting.

‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop Feat. Charlie XCX

Haters may want her down on earth, but Clarkson was up in space while serenading audiences with this electronic number. That ’80s chick doesn’t care, and we love it.

‘Finesse’ by Bruno Mars

While Clarkson covered Bruno Mars’ hit, she had audience members finesse their way on stage to showcase their dance moves.

‘Hella Good’ by No Doubt

Clad in a houndstooth dress and red lips, Gwen Stefani style, Clarkson paid tribute to No Doubt with this dance-inducing number. Throughout the performance, the Kelly Clarkson Show audience kept on dancing.

‘Sunflower’ by Post Malone and Swae Lee

Clad in daisies, the pop star performed an unplugged version of Post Malone’s “Sunflower.”

‘Something to Talk About’ by Bonnie Raitt

The talk show host’s performance of this blues classic certainly gave audiences “something to talk about.”

‘You and I’ by Lady Gaga

Clarkson gave a shoutout to her husband by switching out Gaga’s lyrics, “there’s something about my Nebraska guy,” to “Texas guy.”

‘Strawberry Wine’ by Deana Carter

Just like strawberry wine, “the first taste of love” and the decade “is bittersweet,” thanks to Clarkson’s Deana Carter cover.

‘Underneath the Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson closed out the Christmas season of Kellyoke with her signature Christmas hit, “Underneath the Tree.” The band accompanied the singer in ugly Christmas sweaters while she proved that on the day before Christmas Eve, the audience was exactly “where they should be.”

‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee

It was “a happy holiday” on The Kelly Clarkson Show when the former American Idol star graced the stage with hair styled in the “new old fashion way,” ready to cover this Branda Lee Christmas number.

‘Christmas Eve’ by Kelly Clarkson

While performing her original Christmas carol, Clarkson shares the Kellyoke stage with choir students from the 99th Street Elementary in South Central Los Angeles. The vocalists brought warmth to the snowy forest of Christmas trees behind them.

Favorite Things’ by Julie Andrews

The talk show host put her own spin on this solo from The Sound of Music, a more jazzy rendition to Julie Andrew’s classical.

‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by Darlene Love

Without Kellyoke, it doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. The Kelly Clarkson show was filled with holiday cheer while Clarkson belted the Darlene Love classic: fake snow and band members dressed as Santa Claus.

‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms

The Kelly Clarkson Show turned into a winter wonderland complete with a band wearing Christmas onesies, backup singers straight from Whoville, and vocals from Clarkson that jingle bell rocked.

‘Run Rudolph Run’ by Chuck Berry

It’s that time of year when Kellyoke has become Kelly Karoling! The talk show host performed the Chuck Berry holiday tune clad in Christmas colors, matching the tree and lights around her. We’re just waiting for her to serenade us with “Underneath the Tree” next.

‘Every Little Step’ by Bobby Brown

Every little step Clarkson took on stage while singing this Bobby Brown jam, the crowd was there to clap and dance along.

‘Waterfalls’ by TLC

A waterfall blue light washed over The Kelly Clarkson Show stage while the talk show host performed this TLC classic.

‘Piece of My Heart’ by Janis Joplin

Clarkson gave audiences “everything a woman possibly can” with his Janis Joplin cover. She continued to give audiences a piece of her heart with her Kathy Bates interview about Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.

‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

The talk show host blew our minds with a bang-bang into the room and a good beat.

‘Love Will Never Do (Without You)’ by Janet Jackson

EW recently named Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable one of the most overlooked albums of the 2010s. It looks like Clarkson also wanted to pay tribute to the diva during Kellyoke by singing one of Jackson’s ’90s hits.

‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara

Clarkson seemed right at home covering a ballad from fellow singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, whose lyrics echo the same girl-power ethos as her own.

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ by Fred Rogers

It was a beautiful day on The Kelly Clarkson Show when the singer and host covered this Fred Rogers classic. Clarkson’s rendition of the song was accompanied by a silhouette of a man changing his coat, cardigan, and shoes à la Mister Rogers before breaking out into dance.

‘Whatta Man’ by Salt-N-Pepa Featuring En Vogue

‘Tis the season[ing] for Salt-N-Peppa on The Kelly Clarkson Show! The singer put the beat in R&B when covering “Whatta Man.”

‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith

Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” became a spiritual experience when Clarkson covered it on her show, accompanied by a gospel choir clad in blue robes.

‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve

No bittersweet symphony when Kelly Clarkson covers this anthem by the Verve with a string quartet.

‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

“Sunshine, [Kelly’s] here,” but the audience wouldn’t take a break from cheering and clapping when Clarkson covered this Pharrell Williams fan favorite.

‘Neon Moon’ by Brooks & Dunn and Kacey Musgraves

Kelly Clarkson called in some reinforcements for the cover of “Neon Moon”: her fellow Voice coaches Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and John Legend. It’s safe to say that the audience and the whole world did not turn blue.

‘Feel it Still’ by Portugal. The Man

Kelly Clarkson brought her own version of Portugal. The Man’s hit to the Kellyoke stage, and we feel it still.

‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson, Featuring Bruno Mars

Clarkson’s cover of Ronson’s masterpiece made a “dragon want to retire, man.” It was too hot.

‘Only Girl in the World’ by Rihanna

The talk show host brought her “favorite girl” and boy in the world, her daughter River Rose and son Remington, onstage after wowing audiences with her version of Rihanna’s hit.

‘Ride’ by Twenty-One Pilots

The song seemed fitting, since Kelly Clarkson has had quite the ride this year. Between hosting a talk show, being a judge on The Voice and an upcoming Vegas Residency, it’s safe to say that “metaphorically, she’s the [wo]man.”

‘Cake by the Ocean’ by DNCE

The crowd “lost their minds and went crazy, crazy” when Clarkson covered “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE.

‘Better Now’ by Post Malone

Clarkson certainly did not let us down when performing Grammy-nominated Post Malone’s hit.

‘You Look Good’ by Lady Antebellum

Kelly Clarkson’s Lady Antebellum cover was “so fresh, so fine” especially the help of a saxophone, trumpet and French horn player.

‘Come and Get It’ by Selena Gomez

You ain’t gotta worry, singing along with Kelly Clarkson is an open invitation, especially when covering a Selena Gomez hit. Clarkson even paid homage to Gomez’s music video for “Come and Get It” by wearing red and black threads.

‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston

The singer and talk show host “wanted to dance with somebody” so she danced and sang with the entire crowd while performing this Whitney Houston classic. Click here to watch.

‘Never be Like You’ by Flume

The EDM producer’s hit was originally featured Kai, and Kelly’s performance did the song justice.

‘Delicate’ by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s “Artist of the Decade” AMA was celebrated early with Clarkson’s rendition of one of her “Reputation” hits, “Delicate.”

‘What About Us’ by Pink

The stage was quite fittingly doused in hot pink and filled with raspy belting that Pink herself would be proud of.

Kelly Clarkson’s Greatest Hits Melody

Clarkson decided to bring her own songs to the Kellyoke mix! Hits in the mash-up included “Miss Independent,” “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” and “Walk Away.” A line of Vegas-eque showgirls joined the singer onstage during “Invincible,” ultimately to announce that she had secured a residency in Las Vegas.

‘I Put A Spell On You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Clarkson’s performance had viewers bewitched when she belted “because you’re mine” dressed as Winifred Sanderson of Hocus Pocus. Plus there were some bellhops reminiscent of the Hollywood Tower Hotel that led her down a damask carpet, and the Loch Ness monster even made an appearance.

Lips are Movin’ by Meghan Trainor

Clarkson entered center stage with two backup vocalists that practically made up a Greek chorus when performing this popular pop track.

‘Sugar’ by Maroon 5

It was only natural for Clarkson to perform a song by a fellow The Voice coach. The results? It appeared she brought some sweetness to the audience’s lives.

‘Mine’ by Bazzi

Clarkson performed an unplugged version of Bazzi’s hip-hop hit. With wind-chimes and mood lighting included, the songstress could say that she made the song all hers.

‘I Like It, I Love It’ by Tim McGraw

How did audiences feel about Kelly Clarkson covering a Tim McGraw number? They “liked it, they loved it!” She even gave her band a shout out to conclude the performance. Click here to watch.

‘Independence Day’ by Martina McBride

Bells literally rang like freedom itself when Clarkson sang this Martina McBride original. Click here to watch.

‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Cher

The only thing that would have made Clarkson’s performance even better would be if Cher had surprised the audience on stage. Click here to watch.

‘Alone’ by Heart

This ‘80s classic was brought back to life with Clarkson’s effortless belting and some backup vocals from three ladies from the audience. Click here to watch.

‘Any Man of Mine’ by Shania Twain

Shania Twain is currently gearing up for her Las Vegas residency, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly Clarkson’s cover of her song skyrockets those ticket sales!

‘Wild One’ By Faith Hill

Kelly Clarkson performance of Faith Hills’ hit proved that she herself is a “wild one with an angel’s” voice. Click here to watch.

‘Jealous’ By Nick Jonas

Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” is sprinkled with signature Clarkson confections like smooth runs and warm harmonies. It’s the recipe for a solid cover that the Jonas brother himself could get jealous of. Click here to watch.

‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus

Clarkson had the rare musically-talented guest in the form of The Politician star Ben Platt on this episode, but her “Kellyoke” segment of the day focused on Miley Cyrus‘ world-conquering hit from a few years back. Click here to watch.

‘Can’t Feel My Face’ by The Weeknd

The Weeknd has a role in the highly-anticipated upcoming Adam Sandler film Uncut Gems, but obviously he was first famous for songs like this. Clarkson’s cover added a bunch of horns. Click here to watch.

‘Roar’ by Katy Perry

There’s only question you have when listening to this cover: Can she hit the titular roars in the huge chorus? Watch for yourself. Click here to watch.

‘What Makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction

One Direction may have gone their separate ways these days, but their breakthrough single remains as powerful as ever in Clarkson’s hands.

‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ by Eve

Two days in a row, Clarkson covered songs with some variation of “blow your mind” in the title. For round two, she borrowed from fellow daytime TV talk show host Eve (The Talk). Click here to watch.

‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’ by Dua Lipa

Clarkson strutted all over her stage — surrounded by flashing red, white, and blue lights — while singing this cover. Click here to watch.

‘Love Me Like You Do’ by Ellie Goulding

Clarkson’s big voice is well-suited to this Ellie Goulding hit from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. Click here to watch.

‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ by Joan Jett and the Black Hearts

Clarkson usually covers pop and R&B hits, but here she nails one of the most anthemic rock songs ever. Click here to watch.

‘If I Can’t Have You’ by Shawn Mendes

Clarkson has covered Shawn Mendes before — most notably in her show-stopping medley at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. This time around, she covered one of the singer’s more recent hits. Click here to watch.

‘Before He Cheats’ by Carrie Underwood

After Clarkson, Carrie Underwood is probably the most successful American Idol champion. Clarkson honored her fellow winner by singing Underwood’s most memorable song. Click here to watch.

‘Walking on Broken Glass’ by Annie Lennox

Clarkson nails Annie Lennox’s classic with this cover rendition — and even nails the high note. Click here to watch.

‘Juice’ by Lizzo

Clarkson homaged the young pop star of the moment with this full-throated version of one of Lizzo‘s best songs. Click here to watch.

‘Why Haven’t I Heard from You’ by Reba McEntire

Clarkson has collaborated with her mother-in-law Reba McEntire several times; they even recorded a duet version of Clarkson’s hit “Because of You” in 2009. To honor her appearance on the show, Clarkson covered this song as she’s done before. Click here to watch.

‘Till the World Ends’ by Britney Spears

EW ranked “Till the World Ends” at #7 in our 2016 ranking of all Britney Spears’ songs, and Clarkson does the song’s “wordless chorus” justice with this shortened cover. Click here to watch.

‘If It Makes You Happy’ by Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow promises that her latest album, Threads, is also her last — but for this cover, Clarkson honored the musician by singing one of her classics. Click here to watch.

‘Let’s Go Crazy’ by Prince and the Revolution

In the wake of Prince’s death a few years ago, many artists tried to honor the master by covering his trademark epic “Purple Rain.” But Clarkson recognized that Purple Rain‘s first track is actually a much more fun pop song to cover. Click here to watch.

‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon’s world-conquering 2014 single is a great match for Clarkson’s voice here. And credit where it’s due, she doesn’t cornily change the lyrical pronouns for the cover. Click here to watch.

‘Express Yourself’ by Madonna

For the 10th edition of Kellyoke, Clarkson went back to the song she originally auditioned with on American Idol. Look how far she’s come! Click here to watch.

‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons are one of the most successful pop acts since Clarkson’s heyday, but with this cover she proved she can handle their sound as well as anybody else.

‘Straight Up’ by Paula Abdul

Clarkson’s eighth episode amounted to a reunion of the American Idol O.G.s. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Clarkson’s runner-up (and From Justin To Kelly co-star) Justin Guarini. Clarkson honored her former judge/mentor with a cover of Abdul’s 1988 classic. Click here to watch.

‘Miss Me More’ by Kelsea Ballerini

Clarkson honored Kelsea Ballerini‘s appearance on the show by covering her 2018 single “Miss Me More.” Click here to watch.

‘Ain’t No Other Man’ by Christina Aguilera

During her appearance on the Sept. 16 episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Christina Aguilera told Clarkson that they are like “twins separated at birth.” It’s even easier to believe that after seeing Clarkson seamlessly cover this classic song from Aguilera. Click here to watch.

‘Chandelier’ by Sia

This song was inescapable in 2014, and Clarkson’s cover is a good reminder why. Click here to watch.

‘Think’ by Aretha Franklin

The incomparable Aretha Franklin was capable of taking ownership of even basic words like “think” and “respect” with powerful songs like this. Clarkson did the late icon proud with this rendition.

‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga

While fans wait eagerly for Lady Gaga’s next album, Clarkson covered one of the pop-star-turned-Oscar-winner’s classic hits. Click here to watch.

‘Sucker’ by The Jonas Brothers

Clarkson commemorated The Jonas Brothers’ return with this cover on the second episode of her show. Rather than go for one of the band’s classic hits from their heyday (“The Year 3000,” anyone?) she covered their comeback single, released earlier this year. While the brothers populated their music video with their famous wives, Clarkson’s rendition includes a very cute moment of her singing directly to an elderly audience member. Click here to watch.

‘9 to 5’ by Dolly Parton

This was the song and music video that really introduced viewers to The Kelly Clarkson Show ahead of its premiere earlier this month. So unlike the others, it came with its own pre-recorded video segment featuring Clarkson and company dressed as construction workers, waitresses, and other everyday workers to the tune of Parton’s classic anthem about the drudgery of jobs. Clarkson used it to kick off her show in much the same way presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren used it to kick off her campaign earlier this year. Click here to watch.

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