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Kelly Clarkson Is First ‘American Idol’ Contestant to Earn 100 Billboard No. 1s

Kelly Clarkson Billboard No 1 songs
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The original American IdolKelly Clarkson, has become the first contestant from the TV singing competition to score 100 No. 1s on the Billboard charts.

This milestone means that Clarkson has placed a total of 100 chart-topping tunes on Billboard‘s national domestic music charts, current, recurrent and catalog.

The singer earned her very first No. 1 song on Oct. 5, 2002, when “A Moment Like This” shot from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s monstrous leap broke a 38-year-old record that the Beatles set in 1964, when “Can’t Buy Me Love” jumped from No. 27 to No. 1. Clarkson broke that record again in 2009, when “My Life Would Suck Without You” went from No. 97 to No. 1.

Clarkson nabbed her 100th No. 1 song after appearing on American Idol on Feb. 25 and delivering a touching, emotional performance of her song “Piece By Piece.” Accompanied only by a piano, Clarkson struggled to get through the personal tune and earned a standing ovation from the judges and the crowd, who chanted “Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!” as Clarkson ended her performance.

“This is very memorable, me crying,” Clarkson joked after she finished singing.

“Piece By Piece” is the title track of Clarkson’s seventh studio album, which was released in February of 2014. The album is available for download on iTunes.

Fellow Idol alumnus Carrie Underwood currently has 83 chart-topping tracks to her name, while Scotty McCreery has logged 12 so far.

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