Artist: Kelly Clarkson Track: "My Life Would Suck Without You" Album: All I Ever Wanted Listen

I wouldn't go so far as to proclaim the words of the title to Kelly Clarkson, but my life would certainly be different without her music. Few have been as consistent hit factories as the former American Idol winner, and you've heard me argue in her favor on this blog before.

Pretty much everything I wrote about the music itself could be recycled in this post, since a new Clarkson song rarely means a new Clarkson sound. Hers remains a mix of punchy guitar riffs, electronic overlays and that bombastic voice. She has a knack for melody and hook and playing to her strengths -- whether she wrote the song or not. (She didn't pen this one.)

Clarkson's album drops March 17.