Since U Been Gone

Album: Breakaway (2004)
Charted: 5 2
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  • Clarkson (from Entertainment Weekly, September 2, 2005): "Hazel Eyes is about the dipstick who completely screwed up and now is unhappy and you're happy. And then you're just shouting praises at the fact that he's miserable in Since U Been Gone."
  • The music video for this song is about a girl going into her ex-boyfriend's house and destroying everything. It's what everyone wants to do in that situation but isn't crazy enough to do it. >>
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    Amanda - wentzville, MO
  • This won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
  • With two Grammy Awards from this album, Clarkson is the most successful winner of American Idol to date.
  • This song almost didn't make it onto the Breakaway album; when Clarkson heard the first, acoustic version of the song, she didn't like it. It wasn't until it was given a rocking treatment that she warmed to the song. >>
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    Jimoh - The Bronx, NY, for above 2
  • This was written and produced by Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin. Gottwald recalled the genesis of the song to Billboard magazine: "That was a conscious move by Max and myself, because we were listening to alternative and indie music and talking about some song-I don't remember what it was. I said, 'Ah, I love this song,' and Max was like, 'If they would just write a damn pop chorus on it!' It was driving him nuts, because that indie song was sort of on six, going to seven, going to eight, the chorus comes . . . and it goes back down to five. It drove him crazy. And when he said that, it was like, light bulb. 'Why don't we do that, but put a big chorus on it?' It worked."
  • It was Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis' idea to give the song to Clarkson, but Martin and Gottwald, certain that they had written a rock hit, were initially reluctant. "They weren't prepared for the casting idea," Davis recalled to Billboard magazine. "Max was looking to move on from what he had done with Backstreet Boys, and I really spent time convincing them that an American Idol winner could bring all the feeling and passion that was required to the song."
  • Clive Davis claimed in his memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, that Clarkson burst into 'hysterical sobbing' in his office when he demanded that this song be included on her album.

    "Not true at all," Clarkson responded. "His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way."
  • Ester Dean and Skylar Astin perform the song during the audition sequences of the 2012 musical comedy film, Pitch Perfect.
  • Dr. Luke and Max Martin originally wrote the song with Pink in mind, but she turned it down. They then reached out to Hilary Duff but she rejected the song because she couldn't reach its higher notes. Clive Davis then convinced the producers to give the song to Clarkson.

Comments: 24

  • Jaynilee from West Palm Beach, FlThis song is the boom - it's helping me get over my ex.
  • Ted from Everett, Wai love this song it is down to earth, it has a lot of inspiration put in this song!
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThe ultimate girl anthem. Kelly is a doll.
  • Monica from Mexico, Mexicolove this song... in my opinion.. it is about a girl that realizes that without him she's better.... haha this song makes me dance..... i don't know why.....
  • Steph from Commack, NyLandon, so what we have our pride. guys are just as stuck up and think that womans rights are a joke. guys are jerks and im maybe a guys was a jerk as deserves to get laughed at his misery. You think that this song is sexist but the truth is that yu are. Guys that find out that there gf are cheating on them are stupid bcuz the girl is a slut etc. okay because we have our reasons. im not saying that boys are stupid and all that crap WE AREN'T ALL LIKE THAT! GET THAT THROUGH YUR HEAD.
    This is an amazing song. Yeah we all want to do that to our ex's lol maybe one day we'll have the guts lol amazing song
  • Landon from Winchester, OhI like Kelly Clarkson's music and all, but this song sucks. It's sexist and annoying. She's got all the girls thinking that they can break up with their guys and sit there and laugh at their misery. Newsflash! Guys have every right in the world to break up with their girlfriend and laugh in her face when she wants him back. But nooo! This song couldn't have been written by Kelly Clarkson, she's just singing it. Whomever written it was probably a stupid feminist that doesn't know that females get all the breaks in the world and think that they are better than guys, still believing in that pretentious and primative crap "Girls go to college to get more knowledge - Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider!" Has anyone noticed that only girls like this song!? Does it make them feel powerful! Does it make them feel like they can hurt anybody they want to? Sure, anyone has the right to end a bad relationship, but how mature is a girl being when they laugh and chatter after a break-up and contenuously rant about how much better their life is? This song is stupid, and most of the people who commented on how good it is are stupid too I guess!
  • Sandy from Indiana, Inummmmm... how about it is a free country matthew and if we dont want to get off this part of the site we dont have to so quit trying to tell other people what to do and try to go get some better taste in music!!!!!
  • Don from San Diego, CaI'm disappointed to hear that she didn't write this astonishing song herself, about her life ... The tempo change is the most intense i've heard in any song ever !! Also, the off-beat lyrical harmony in the calmer parts of the song suggest that not everything is perfect "since you've been gone ..." I'm here tonight looking up whether she was singing "i get what i want" or "i don't/can't get what i want" ... just couldn't tell, exactly, from the lyrics.
  • Michelle from Sydney, AustraliaI love this song... It is fun to dance to but there is also a lot of meaning behind the lyrics of this song... welldone Kelly:):)
  • Matthew from Milford, MaThat "Again and again and again and again" part... I thought that it was "Forget it, 'get it, 'get it, yeah!" Actually, that does kind of make sense...
  • Sandy from Warsaw, InThis song is SOOOOOOOOOOO annoying I agree with Ricky!!
  • Ann from Baltimore, MdI DO NOT like American Idol- I have never watched it- but this song does rock!!
  • Izzy from Buffalo, Nywait, its like, wtf, mate? she just breaks into her ex's house and starts screwing everything up? jeeze, talk about anger management. and when she's sittin on top of the pile of clothes, she's tappin her foot, which is actually really smart, cuz something like that can actually get ppl tappin their feet
    anyways, klarkson sux, and so does this song.
  • Mike from Petersham, MaGreat artist, great video, great song!!!!!!!
  • Lavinia from Westbury, Nyi love this song!!!! kelly clarkson is the best singer
  • Ricky from Los Angeles, CaThis song is so annoying and overrated. I can't stand it.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjKelly is my favorite artist. All her songs rock my socks!
  • Kaitlin from Cornwall, OntWhen this song gets played at dances and stuff... well, lets just say that its good to get people jumping up and down like hungry animals.
  • Sarah from A, Txi love this song too, and it makes you feel better when you thing about all the ...... that have screwed you over.
  • Sharon from Aucklandkelly clarkson is cool and this song is gr8 for screaming when u r angry.
  • Rebka from Crapville, WyThis song is only o.k. Kelly has better songs. I love her voice. Her and Amy Lee have the best voices ever.
  • Tania from Horeshead, Nylove this song....what she does in the vidoe makes me want to do it!!!!!!! it would really be awesome if i could trash my ex bf's apartment!! : )
  • Aubrie from Leavenworth, Wai think she sounlds pretty P***ed off.
  • Hailey from New York, NyI LOVE this song it rocks!!And Kelly can sing!!!
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