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"Long Shot"
Song by Kelly Clarkson
from the album All I Ever Wanted
Studio Valley Village, California
(Bay7 Studios)
Calabasas, California
(Sparky Dark Studio)
Hollywood, California
( Sunset Sound Studios)
Genre Pop
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Katy Perry, Glen Ballard, Matt Thiessen
Producer(s) Howard Benson

"Long Shot" is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson, from her fourth studio album, All I Ever Wanted (2009). The song was written by Katy Perry, Glen Ballard, and Matt Thiessen, it was originally recorded by Perry (along with the single " I Do Not Hook Up") for an unreleased album and was later re-recorded by Clarkson. It is a pop song about taking a chance on pursuing a flawed relationship in spite of it being a "long shot."

The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who found it to be a "fun" pop song but also generic and unmemorable. [1] In early 2010, the song was played on Canadian radio and entered that country's hot adult contemporary airplay chart despite no official single release or promotion from Clarkson's label. [2]

Background and recording

The song was written by Katy Perry, Glen Ballard, and Matt Thiessen as a track for an unreleased album by Perry conceived sometime between the recording of Katy Hudson (2001) and One of the Boys (2008). [3] When Perry was dropped from the Def Jam label and the project was scrapped, "Long Shot" and " I Do Not Hook Up" were given to RCA Records for Clarkson to record for her then-upcoming album, All I Ever Wanted. [3] [4] Clarkson's rendition was recorded by Mike Plotnikoff in 2008 at Bay7 Studios, Sparky Dark Studio, and Sunset Sound Studios, all located in Los Angeles County, California. [5]


Clarkson's music has been contrasted to that of the song's writer Katy Perry (pictured). [6]

"Long Shot" is a pop song [7] with a duration of three minutes and thirty-six seconds (3:36). According to the digital sheet music published by through Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., it is composed in the key of D minor and is set to a moderately fast tempo of 114 BPM. [8] Clarkson's vocal range spans from C4—C5. [8] The song's instrumentation consists of keyboard, drums, guitar, and bass, which were performed by Howard Benson, Josh Freese, Paul Bushnell, and Phil X, respectively. [5]

The song's lyrics explore the inherent risk of starting or continuing a romantic relationship. [9] Some critics have suggested the song implies a flawed relationship, which Clarkson is fighting to keep together. [10] [11] Elements in the lyrics such as the lines "The chance is we won't make it / But I know if I don't take it there's no chance" deliver a message of perseverance and taking risks to reach your goals.

Critical reception

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the cover for "illustrating why [Clarkson]'s a better pop star" than co-writer Katy Perry, writing that the former sounds "impassioned and invested" in her performance, but "better still... relatable." [6] Ann Powers of The Los Angeles Times also noted that Clarkson "removes the cartoon mannerisms" characteristic of Perry's songs in her version of "Long Shot". [12] On the other hand, Claire Lobenfeld of Vibe was critical of Clarkson for what he deemed to be her mimicking Perry's "silly and saucy" style. [13] Daniel Brockman of The Boston Phoenix and Evan Sawdey of PopMatters both cited "Long Shot" as a highlight of the album, with the latter describing the song as a "sturdy, memorable pop number" that succeeds at playing it safe in a "fun" way. [14] [7]

Commercial performance

In February 2010, two Hot AC stations in Canada began playing "Long Shot" as a potential radio single, leading it to enter the New and Active category for the week ending March 6, 2010 with 82 plays. [15] The album's fourth official single, " All I Ever Wanted", impacted Hot AC radio on March 6, 2010. [16] "Long Shot" reached a peak airplay position of 33, in May 2010, before "All I Ever Wanted" entered the chart. [2]

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the All I Ever Wanted liner notes. [5]


Chart performance

Chart (2010) Peak
Canada Hot AC ( Billboard) [2] 33


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  7. ^ a b Sawdey, Evan (March 12, 2009). "Kelly Clarkson: All I Ever Wanted". PopMatters. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Kelly Clarkson "Long Shot" Sheet Music". Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
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  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon (March 8, 2009). "New CDs From Kelly Clarkson, Chris Cornell and Madeleine Peyroux". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  12. ^ Powers, Ann (February 27, 2009). "Kelly Clarkson's 'All I Ever Wanted': 3.5 stars [UPDATE]". The Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  13. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (March 10, 2009). "Kelly Clarkson: All I Ever Wanted". Vibe. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on March 15, 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  14. ^ Brockman, Daniel (March 23, 2009). "Kelly Clarkson | All I Ever Wanted - CD Reviews". The Boston Phoenix. Phoenix Media/Communications Group. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Canada Hot AC National Airplay". BDSRadio. Nielsen N.V. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  16. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Hot AC" (Week Of: March 6, 2010). Radio & Records. Retrieved 22 February 2015.