8. Kelly Clarkson, “Meaning of Life”
Kelly Clarkson continues to age more gracefully than any of her American pop peers from the 2000s, thanks to a willingness to show more maturity and not worry so much about following trends. The title track to her eighth album is straight-up soul music, and true to form, she knocks it out of the park. There’s a very slight rasp to her voice that gives the song just the right amount of edginess, and combined with the sheer command of her voice (such power and discipline) it makes this simplest of love songs an instant classic.