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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


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# Song / Artist Average Rating #Pf Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
1
Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)0001Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
31.6
 
7 59 2 15.1 2 2 3 0 0
2
Because You Loved Me0001Because You Loved Me
27.0
 
3 51 13 13.0 2 0 1 0 0
3
Breakaway0001Breakaway
19.3
 
4 29 6 13.8 2 2 0 0 0
4
Careless Whisper0001Careless Whisper
16.0
 
2 17 15 16.5 2 0 0 0 0
5
Crazy Little Thing Called Love0001Crazy Little Thing Called Love
31.2
 
6 62 13 19.2 2 3 0 1 0
6
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic0001Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
18.3
 
3 26 10 15.3 2 1 0 0 0
7
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)0001How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
30.6
 
5 68 15 14.6 2 2 0 1 0
8
I Can't Help Myself Sugar Pie Honey Bunch0001I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
34.2
 
5 82 6 13.8 2 1 1 0 1
9
I Dont Want To Miss A Thing0001I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
38.3
 
9 68 13 17.3 2 2 3 2 0
10
Whats Love Got To Do With It0001What's Love Got To Do With It
16.5
 
4 25 5 13.5 2 2 0 0 0
11
Aint No Mountain High Enough0001Ain't No Mountain High Enough
39.3
 
4 51 8 15.0 1 0 3 0 0
12
Aint Too Proud To Beg0001Ain't Too Proud To Beg
52.8
 
5 84 19 17.4 1 0 2 1 1
13
All By Myself0001All By Myself
49.2
 
6 92 11 15.3 1 2 0 1 2
14
All In Love Is Fair0001All In Love Is Fair
41.6
 
5 75 16 19.2 1 2 1 1 0
15
All Or Nothing0001All Or Nothing
15.0
 
1 15 15 17.0 1 0 0 0 0
16
Alright0001Alright
12.0
 
1 12 12 12.0 1 0 0 0 0
17
Always Something There To Remind Me0001(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
15.0
 
1 15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
18
Amazed0001Amazed
36.2
 
5 54 12 18.6 1 2 2 0 0
19
And So It Goes0001And So It Goes
40.5
 
2 73 8 16.5 1 0 0 1 0
20
Anytime0001Anytime
8.0
 
1 8 8 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
21
Apologize0001Apologize
24.0
 
2 45 3 13.0 1 0 1 0 0
22
Back At One0001Back At One
20.0
 
2 34 6 13.0 1 1 0 0 0
23
Bad Blood0001Bad Blood
15.0
 
1 15 15 7.0 1 0 0 0 0
24
Bathwater0001Bathwater
15.0
 
1 15 15 24.0 1 0 0 0 0
25
Beautiful Day0001Beautiful Day
32.0
 
2 45 19 16.5 1 0 1 0 0
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