TBT: 2002, When Kelly Clarkson Had A Moment

by Alisha Jackson

During this week in 2002, Kelly Clarkson had a moment like no other. The singer hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the very first time with the song that was written for season one of American Idol’s winner, “A Moment Like This.”

Did you know these throwback tidbits about the song?

1. All four finalists from Clarkson’s season of American Idol recorded the song.

Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, and Tamyra Gray all recorded their own versions of the song in case they won.

2. Leona Lewis also released “A Moment Like This” as her first single after winning The X Factor.

On December 24th of 2006, it became the Christmas number one in the UK.

3. Kelly Clarkson broke The Beatles’ record for biggest leap to number one.

“A Moment Like This” jumped from number 52 to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2002. Previously, The Beatles had jumped from number 27 to number one with “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

Clarkson currently holds the record for her song “My Life Would Suck Without You,” which jumped from number 97 to number one in 2009.

4. The music video for “A Moment Like This” features footage of Clarkson on American Idol.

Leona Lewis’ video for the song also features clips from her time on The X Factor.

5. The other song on Clarkson’s double-sided single flopped.

“A Moment Like This” was track number two on the double-sided single, “Before Your Love”/”A Moment Like This.” The music video for “Before Your Love” debuted on MTV’s TRL before “A Moment Like This” did, but it failed to gain the same popularity.

Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 2002 hit, “A Moment Like This”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!


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