Gone (Kelly Clarkson song)

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Song by Kelly Clarkson from the album Breakaway
Recorded 2004
Los Angeles, California
(Henson Recording Studios)
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:25
Label RCA
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks
Producer(s) John Shanks

"Gone" is a song by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson, from her second studio album, Breakaway (2004). Written by Kara DioGuardi and co-written and produced by John Shanks, "Gone" is a pop rock song about a woman leaving her lover in search for a better relationship. "Gone" was well received my music critics, though it garnered comparisons with similarly-titled "Since U Been Gone". Two years after Breakaway's release, "Gone" charted in the Billboard Pop 100 chart at number 77. Clarkson has also performed the song in concert tours, primarily during the Breakaway World Tour from 2005–06 and the Stronger Tour in 2012.

Background and composition[edit]

"Gone" was written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, with Shanks also serving as the song's producer. It was one of the two collaborations by DioGuardi and Shanks for Kelly Clarkson's second studio album, Breakaway, along with "You Found Me". Written by in the key of D minor,[1] "Gone" is an uptempo pop rock song with a length of 3 minutes and 25 seconds. Clarkson describes it as "feisty".[2][3] Mexican pop band RBD released a Spanish cover of the song titled "Me Voy" for their second studio album, Nuestro Amor (2005).[4] They would later re-record the original version in English on the Japanese edition of their first English-language album Rebels (2006).

Critical response[edit]

"Gone" a received generally positive reviews from critics, who compared the song to a "Since U Been Gone", which is also a track from Breakaway. Charles Merwin of Stylus Magazine wrote that "Gone" "sounds like as though it’s grafted the most tame version of Akufen, Christina Aguilera, and latin guitar on top of one another into a hugely satisfying pop masterpiece".[5] The music site, Popservations.com, included it as one of "Clarkson’s Best Non-Singles", they wrote that the song "has all the makings of another Clarkson smash, a solid pop-rock production (the stop-start guitar, the filtered drum loop as the chorus kicks in) in which she pointedly tells some loser ex that she’s now Miss Independent."[6][unreliable source?]

Credits and personnel[edit]


Credits lifted from the Breakaway liner notes.[7]


Chart (2006) Peak
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[8][9] 77
US Pop 100 Airplay (Billboard)[8][10] 41


  1. ^ DioGuardi, Kara; Shanks, John (2004). "Kelly Clarkson - Gone Sheet Music (Digital Download)" (sheet music). Musicnotes.com. Bug Music. Retrieved April 15, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Anticipation at Fever Pitch for 'Breakaway,' Second Album from Kelly Clarkson". PR Newswire (Press release). UBM plc. November 22, 2004. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Biography". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "RBD - Nuestro Amor". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Merwin, Charles (February 17, 2005). "Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "5 For Fighting: Kelly Clarkson's Best Non-Singles". Popservations.com. November 16, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Breakaway (booklet). Kelly Clarkson. RCA Records/19 Recordings/S Records. 2004. 82876-64491-2. 
  8. ^ a b "Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Pop 100 for Kelly Clarkson. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Pop 100 Airplay for Kelly Clarkson. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 

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