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This section of the WhatNotToSing.com database is so dangerous it ought to come with a warning sticker. There are no shortage of ways to misinterpret the Song data we've compiled. For example, if you happen to have toothpaste for brains, and you looked at the table below, you might reason thusly:

"Hmm...'In A Dream', by Badlands. A 94.0 average, that's good. Only been performed once, for 5-stars. Looks like a pretty sweet choice. I'll try it!"

Thankfully, most contestants this dumb can't find the audition site in the first place, and the judges do a decent job of weeding out the ones that do. But beware, the Songs table provides plenty more rope with which to hang yourself. Here, then, are a few bits of friendly advice from the staff.

  • In all seriousness, do avoid songs that have already been showstoppers; the odds are not in your favor. Note how many songs have provided a 5-star performance (sort the Ratings Tab table by the rightmost column), then note how few have done so for two different contestants. It's difficult enough to be compared to a professional recording artist, but when you invite comparisons to previous excellent Idol moments as well, you're really asking for it.
  • Corollary: steer clear of commercial hit songs by a former Idol, unless your goal is to shout to the world, "Hey, look! I can't sing as well as someone you crowned champion a few years ago!"
  • In a similar vein, avoid songs associated with a previous disastrous performance. If your lifelong dream is to sing Crocodile Rock on the Idol stage, get over it.
  • Keep in mind that each song's numerical rating is of the performances of that song, not of the song itself. Always take the singers into account. The "X-Factor" column in the Extended Data tab is a great way to see whether a song has helped or hurt singers in the long run.

Which brings us to this final tidbit of advice. When faced with a choice between a song that has been performed previously on Idol (even if it wasn't a showstopper or a disaster) and a fresh one, all else being equal, go with the fresh one. We've found a clear downward trend on repeat and reprise performances, particularly in the later seasons.

[back to top] American Idol  Songs


Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Song / Artist Average Rating #Pf Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
201
Maybe Im Amazed0001Maybe I'm Amazed
71.8
 
4 82 50 19.3 0 0 1 2 1
202
Diamonds0001Diamonds
71.7
 
3 87 43 20.3 0 0 1 0 2
203
So Small0001So Small
71.5
 
2 86 57 23.0 0 0 1 0 1
204
Takin It To The Streets0001Takin' It To The Streets
71.5
 
2 80 63 18.0 0 0 0 1 1
205
Respect0001Respect
71.3
 
3 84 62 14.7 0 0 0 2 1
206
Boys Are Back In Town0001Boys Are Back In Town
71.0
 
1 71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
207
Bringing Out The Elvis0001Bringing Out The Elvis
71.0
 
1 71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
208
Broken0001Broken
71.0
 
1 71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
209
Heavy Metal0001Heavy Metal
71.0
 
1 71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
210
Hot Stuff0001Hot Stuff
71.0
 
1 71 71 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
211
I Am Changing0001I Am Changing
71.0
 
2 78 64 19.5 0 0 0 2 0
212
I Want It All0001I Want It All
71.0
 
1 71 71 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
213
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting0001Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
71.0
 
1 71 71 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
214
See You Again0001See You Again
71.0
 
1 71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
215
Shelter0001Shelter
71.0
 
1 71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
216
Superstar0001Superstar
From: Jesus Christ Superstar
71.0
 
1 71 71 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
217
Tennessee Whiskey0001Tennessee Whiskey
71.0
 
1 71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
218
To Make You Feel My Love0001To Make You Feel My Love
71.0
 
2 77 65 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
219
Typical0001Typical
71.0
 
1 71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
220
Yo Excuse Me Miss0001Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
71.0
 
1 71 71 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
221
I Believe In You And Me0001I Believe In You And Me
70.8
 
4 72 67 19.3 0 0 0 4 0
222
Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me0001Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
70.6
 
7 90 45 18.1 0 0 2 2 3
223
I Could Not Ask For More0001I Could Not Ask For More
70.5
 
2 73 68 15.5 0 0 0 2 0
224
Stay With Me0001Stay With Me
70.5
 
2 75 66 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
225
Another Day In Paradise0001Another Day In Paradise
70.0
 
1 70 70 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
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