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Kelly Clarkson Literally Fell Over After Hearing Anne Hathaway Sing Since U Been Gone

These two need to duet!

By Christopher Rosa

Kelly Clarkson has many iconic songs. "Miss Independent!" "Behind These Hazel Eyes!" "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)!" But of all her hits, one stands out as arguably the most legendary: "Since U Been Gone."

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The 2004 pop-rock track was the second single off Clarkson's blockbuster album, Breakaway, and it resonated immediately with fans. "Since U Been Gone" reached number two on Billboard's Hot 100 and earned Clarkson a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance—it's an undeniable piece of pop-music history. And also: one hell of a karaoke song. 

It should come as no surprise, then, that the tune has some famous fans—including Oscar winner Anne Hathaway. The actress recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and played a little round of "Name That Tune" with the eponymous host. The game is simple: Clarkson's band plays the instrumental of a popular song, and Clarkson and Hathaway have to identify it. But they can't just name the song, they have to sing it. 

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Hathaway was a pro from the jump, singing the melodies of Hansen's "Mmmbop" and Billy Joel's "Piano Man" like it was her job. Clarkson, a lover of competition, then playfully asked, "Can you play a freaking song I'll know?" 

And they did—but Hathaway beat her to the punch. The Ocean's Eight star recognized "Since U Been Gone" from just the first few notes and belted accordingly. Clarkson was so stunned that she jokingly fell to the floor. The moment quickly went viral, amassing millions of views on YouTube.

After her performance, Hathaway paid her respects, bowing to Clarkson for releasing such an anthem. "Kelly Clarkson, if you do not understand how much we all love that song—everybody here knew it! I love that song," she said.