24. Kelly Clarkson
One of my guilty pleasures, Kelly Clarkson was the winner of first American Idol -competition. And the only one person from that franchise that I even know and care about for that matter (oh yeah, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert were also in American Idol, right?)
Kelly Clarkson had a fresh sound that mixed pop with rock elements. Kinda like Irina here in Finland. Clarkson's first album was pretty much all pop, but then her breakthrough came with Breakaway and then the rock influences began to really show. And her third album My December was even more in the rock zone than pop and it had even some darker elements to it.
At that point Clarkson basicly wrote all her own lyrics and that is one major thing that makes me like her. …