Already well known for featuring the tunes of others during her live shows, Clarkson opens her television show with a song picked by that day's studio audience. The segment, titled Kellyoke, features her amazing vocals paired with some of our favorite songs — a recipe that is simply heaven to our ears.
Lots of fans agree, with one writing on YouTube, "She's the only one who can do any cover and you know for sure she cannot mess it up, doing these classics much more than justice."
And for her latest Kellyoke cover, she even enlisted a little help.
Clarkson kicked off Monday’s episode of her show with a bare bones, solo rendition of the 1990 Wilson Phillips hit “Hold On.” But she wasn’t solo for long.
As the chorus came around, so did the trio of singers whose harmonies made it famous — Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips. Clarkson and the ‘90s hit-makers swapped lyrics for the rest of the performance.
But that's just the newest cover to get Clarkson's audience up and clapping. From Whitney Houston to Lady Gaga, here are nine more covers we just can't stop listening to — in no particular order, of course.
1. "I’m Every Woman" (Whitney Houston cover)
Last month, Clarkson tackled a Whitney Houston classic with "I'm Every Woman." The female empowerment track was first recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978 and made popular again by Houston in 1993.
2. "You and I" (Lady Gaga cover)
Clarkson made us very happy with her version of this Lady Gaga classic. She totally shredded it, and made it entirely her own.
3. "Stay With Me" (Sam Smith cover)
This soulful rendition of Sam Smith's ballad seriously took us to church ... gospel choir and all.
4. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (Olivia Newton-John cover)
“Grease” fans, get ready! Clarkson’s cover of this soundtrack staple, made famous by Olivia Newton-John, will knock your bobby socks off!
5. "Seven Nation Army" (White Stripes cover)
She may not be the first person who comes to mind when you think alt-music, but Clarkson proved she can go garage rock when the occasion calls for it with her take on The White Stripes’ 2003 anthem “Seven Nation Army.”
6. "What About Us" (Pink cover)
The host, who's long admired Pink both personally and professionally, delivered a version of the singer's dance club ballad that started out slow and soft, and then built up to a bold, belt-out-loud performance.
7. "Piece of My Heart" (Janis Joplin cover)
Clarkson put her powerhouse vocals on display for this cover of Janis Joplin’s vintage rock ballad “Piece of My Heart.”
8. "Toxic" (Britney Spears cover)
Clarkson was still fresh off of her season-one “American Idol” win when Britney Spears hit the charts with “Toxic” in 2003. Now, 17 years later, the talent show alum (turned talent show coach) makes the hit her own.
9. "Think" (Aretha Franklin cover)
Clarkson covered a whole lot of Aretha during her time on "American Idol," so we're not surprised she served us one of the late diva's greatest anthems of all time. When she belts "freedom" ... chills!
Ree Hines contributed to this article.