97 Words: “chemistry” by Kelly Clarkson

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

The beauty and warmth a summertime magic hour sunset is hard to put into words; even harder to put into sound. Kelly Clarkson’s “chemistry,” the title track off her 10th studio album that dropped on June 23rd, is a successful feat of sonic imagery that conjures the magic of that moment, and of falling in love. The acoustic guitar, lush production, and romantic lyrics alongside Clarkson’s soulful, sensual vocal are the formula for pop perfection. Clocking in at just two-and-a-half minutes, “chemistry” will have you begging for more, and longing for whatever love potion she’s brewed up.

Listen to “chemistry,” stream the full album or grab the vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.