Carrie Underwood may have recorded "Independence Day," but it is Kelly Clarkson who made American Idol history on Wednesday (July 4), as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," to be the best-selling Idol single of all time, surpassing the long-time champion, Underwood's "Before He Cheats."
"Stronger" has sold 3,510,000 singles as of today, beating "Before He Cheats," which has moved 3,509,000 copies since its release in 2006. "Stronger" ruled The Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, making it Clarkson's longest-running No. 1 ("A Moment Like This" reigned for two weeks in 2002 and "My Life Would Suck Without You" ruled for two weeks in 2009). "Stronger" went to No. 1 on 11 different Billboard charts, including Hot Digital Songs, Adult Top 40, Hot Dance Club Play and the Adult Contemporary tally, where it is in pole position for the fifth consecutive week.
"Before He Cheats" peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 and was on the chart for 64 weeks. Only five songs in the 54-year history of this survey have had longer runs. On Hot Country Songs, "Before He Cheats" was No. 1 for five weeks in November-December 2006.