Kelly Clarkson, "Breakaway"
If there's one American Idol ballad that takes the cake, it's Kelly's "Breakaway." There is nothing that gets us more than a song about a girl going out on her own. Making a wish, making a change and, of course, breaking away. But seriously, this song is more than just a high school graduation anthem. If you've ever been to one of Kelly's concerts, this song is the ballad that gives you chills. When the house lights come up, everyone is swaying with their arms around sweaty strangers and singing at the top of their lungs. It may be incredibly cheesy, but you can't help but tear up. That is precisely why "Breakaway" has landed on this list.