Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” sometimes referred to as just “Stronger” and originally known as “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” is a music video and song by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson. It was released as the second official single from Kelly’s fifth studio album, Stronger.

The music video was directed by Shane Drake. At the beginning of the music video, Clarkson is seen sitting in a video control room. She is watching various clips of people dancing on a screen monitor. She is also seen singing on a stage with her band.

The music video premiered on Kelly Clarkson’s official YouTube VEVO channel in mid December 2011.

The scenes are shown alternately for about half way through with a variety of montage that show people from various places performing the same dance routine. It is also revealed that Clarkson is singing on a stage in a garden square and a cut-scene shows people starting to assemble at the square, getting ready for a flash mob.

Then, Clarkson is seen joining the crowd, performing a rendition of the same dance routine. The final scene shows Clarkson and the crowd disperse as the song comes to an end.

Lyrics for Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in color
And do the things I want

You think you’ve got the best of me
Think you’ve had enough the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby, you don’t know me, ’cause you’re dead wrong

[Chorus:]
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes you fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone

[Bridge:]
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
You heard that I was starting over with someone new
They told you I was moving on, over you
You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You tried to break me, but you see

[Chorus:]
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes you fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone

[Bridge:]
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

Thanks to you I got a new thing started
Thanks to you I’m not the broken-hearted
Thanks to you I’m finally thinking ’bout me
You know in the end the day you left is just my beginning
In the end

[Repeat Chorus]
[Repeat Bridge x2]

I’m not alone

Listen to: Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

  • Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Stronger (Deluxe Version)