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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
826
Clarity0001Clarity
42.0
 
1 42 42 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
827
Give A Little More0001Give A Little More
42.0
 
1 42 42 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
828
Grease0001Grease
42.0
 
1 42 42 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
829
Hero - Kroeger Chad0001Hero
42.0
 
1 42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
830
Holding Out For A Hero0001Holding Out For A Hero
42.0
 
1 42 42 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
831
I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues0001I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
42.0
 
1 42 42 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
832
I Think I Love You0001I Think I Love You
42.0
 
1 42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
833
I Try To Think About Elvis0001I Try To Think About Elvis
42.0
 
1 42 42 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
834
Like A Prayer0001Like A Prayer
42.0
 
1 42 42 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
835
Longer0001Longer
42.0
 
1 42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
836
Maybe0001Maybe
42.0
 
1 42 42 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
837
Me And Mrs Jones0001Me And Mrs. Jones
42.0
 
1 42 42 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
838
Rather Be0001Rather Be
42.0
 
1 42 42 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
839
Shes Got A Way0001She's Got A Way
42.0
 
1 42 42 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
840
Stone0001The Stone
42.0
 
1 42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
841
Tell Me Something Good0001Tell Me Something Good
42.0
 
1 42 42 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
842
When I Call Your Name0001When I Call Your Name
42.0
 
1 42 42 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
843
When I Fall In Love0001When I Fall In Love
34.7
 
3 42 27 19.7 0 2 1 0 0
844
When I See You Smile0001When I See You Smile
33.0
 
2 42 24 17.0 0 1 1 0 0
845
As Long As You Love Me0001As Long As You Love Me
American Idol original song
41.0
 
1 41 41 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
846
Blue Suede Shoes0001Blue Suede Shoes
41.0
 
1 41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
847
Come Pick Me Up0001Come Pick Me Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 30.0 0 0 1 0 0
848
Daniel0001Daniel
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
849
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
850
Groovy Kind Of Love0001Groovy Kind Of Love
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
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