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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
1
I Who Have Nothing0001I (Who Have Nothing)
85.4
 
5 92 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 4
2
And I Am Telling You Im Not Going0001And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
65.5
 
6 88 38 18.8 0 1 2 0 3
3
Come Together0001Come Together
62.1
 
7 85 26 17.1 0 2 1 1 3
4
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
5
A House Is Not A Home0001A House Is Not A Home
69.8
 
5 92 39 17.2 0 1 1 1 2
6
A Natural Woman0001A Natural Woman
63.4
 
5 89 38 16.8 0 1 1 1 2
7
Aint No Sunshine0001Ain't No Sunshine
72.4
 
5 90 46 17.4 0 0 1 2 2
8
All By Myself0001All By Myself
49.2
 
6 92 11 15.3 1 2 0 1 2
9
Alone0001Alone
59.4
 
5 89 23 17.6 0 1 2 0 2
10
Cant Help Falling In Love0001Can't Help Falling In Love
66.0
 
4 93 21 16.8 0 1 0 1 2
11
Chandelier0001Chandelier
91.0
 
2 92 90 10.5 0 0 0 0 2
12
Creep0001Creep
68.0
 
3 90 28 18.3 0 1 0 0 2
13
Diamonds0001Diamonds
71.7
 
3 87 43 20.3 0 0 1 0 2
14
Fool In Love0001Fool In Love
82.0
 
2 83 81 13.5 0 0 0 0 2
15
I Cant Make You Love Me0001I Can't Make You Love Me
60.0
 
5 85 31 19.0 0 1 1 1 2
16
I Have Nothing0001I Have Nothing
60.1
 
9 87 20 17.3 0 1 4 2 2
17
I Put A Spell On You0001I Put A Spell On You
58.0
 
4 88 29 17.5 0 2 0 0 2
18
Ill Stand By You0001I'll Stand By You
75.0
 
3 93 51 18.0 0 0 1 0 2
19
Its a Mans Mans Mans World0001It's A Man's Man's Man's World
64.8
 
4 85 24 17.3 0 1 0 1 2
20
Mad World0001Mad World
84.3
 
3 94 79 16.3 0 0 0 1 2
21
Over The Rainbow0001Over The Rainbow
81.8
 
4 90 77 18.3 0 0 0 2 2
22
Papa Was A Rolling Stone0001Papa Was A Rolling Stone
61.3
 
3 87 16 14.3 1 0 0 0 2
23
Somewhere0001Somewhere
From: West Side Story
66.0
 
3 88 23 14.3 0 1 0 0 2
24
Stay0001Stay
66.5
 
4 86 37 20.5 0 1 0 1 2
25
Think0001Think
69.8
 
4 84 36 17.8 0 1 0 1 2
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