The Kelly Clarkson Show host and her backup singer sang the blues while neon blue lights flashed on the vertical panels around them.
“Runaway train never going back/ Wrong way on a one-way track/ Seems like I should be getting somewhere/ Somehow I’m neither here nor there,” she charged through the chorus of the alternative rock power ballad.
“Runaway Train,” released in 1993, was the third single from Soul Asylum’s sixth album, Grave Dancers Union. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 — where it spent 26 weeks — and earned a 1994 Grammy nomination for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal. The “Runaway Train” video — which featured images of children who were missing in real life in the hopes that they would be recognized and returned home — earned its own nod for best music video – short form.
“It’s a crazy feeling, to think about how long ago I wrote [the song], and how people still sing along, and everyone still pulls their phones out whenever we start playing it,” frontman Dave Pirner told Billboard in 2019 for the hit’s 25th anniversary.
Watch Clarkson’s Kellyoke cover of “Runaway Train” below.