This Day in 2002, US TV Pop Idol winner Kelly Clarkson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'A Moment Like This.'
"A Moment Like This" is a song originally recorded by American singer Kelly Clarksonthe first winner of American Idol, released as her first ever single (as a double-A side single with "Before Your Love") which topped the Billboard Hot 100. The song was included on her debut album, Thankful.
It has also been recorded, in 2006, by Leona Lewis, the third winner of the British television programme The X Factor.
The song was co-written by Jörgen Elofsson and John Reid (of dance act Nightcrawlers) and produced by Stephen Ferrera and Steve Mac. It was written to be the first single for the winner of the first season of American Idol. As a result, the four remaining finalists, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, and Tamyra Gray each recorded a version of the song in case he or she won. The song was first revealed to the public when Guarini and Clarkson competed in a final showdown while singing this song, along with another track, "Before Your Love". After the American public had voted, Guarini performed the song (and Clarkson performed "Before Your Love") at the final show before the results were revealed. When Clarkson was announced as the winner, she became emotional, and sang the song as her final performance.
"Before Your Love", was also given to radio and had a video shot, which debuted on MTV's TRL before "A Moment Like This" did; however, it failed to achieve the level of success of "A Moment Like This", but shares the Gold certification as a double-a sided single.
"A Moment Like This/Before Your Love" was certified gold by RIAA on October 18, 2002. As of Jun 04, 2009, the single has sold approximately 1,047,000 copies.
As the first single ever from American Idol, much pressure was put on "A Moment Like This" to perform well. The debut single from Will Young, the winner of Britain's Pop Idol (the forerunner to American Idol), sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling British debut single of all time; however, critics argued that the American singles market was different from the British market. The single became a hit in the U.S., reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. It sold 236,000 in its first week.Sales of the commercial single also helped the song (as evidenced by its number-one peak on the Hot 100 Singles Sales) break records. With the release of the single, the song broke The Beatles' record for the biggest leap ever to number one, from 52, in the history of the Hot 100 Chart, a record that would stand for five years. She would break the record again when her new song "My Life Would Suck Without You" jumped 96 spots from 97 to 1 in 2009.
On December 24, 2006 it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it the coveted Christmas number one, and stayed at number one for four weeks. It also spent six weeks at the top of the Irish Singles Chart. It re-entered the UK Top 75 on October 28, 2007 at number 55, when Lewis's second single "Bleeding Love" was released.