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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
Love All Over Me0001Love All Over Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
827
Man I Feel Like A Woman0001Man! I Feel Like A Woman
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
828
My All0001My All
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
829
Standing Right Next To Me0001Standing Right Next To Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
830
Suddenly I See0001Suddenly I See
41.0
 
1 41 41 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
831
Vanishing0001Vanishing
41.0
 
1 41 41 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
832
You Cant Hurry Love0001You Can't Hurry Love
25.7
 
3 41 14 16.0 1 1 1 0 0
833
America0001America
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
834
Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)0001Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
835
Dream Big0001Dream Big
American Idol original song
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
836
Ill Never Fall In Love Again0001I'll Never Fall In Love Again
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
837
No One Else On Earth0001No One Else On Earth
40.0
 
1 40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
838
Nothing But The Water0001Nothing But The Water
40.0
 
1 40 40 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
839
Some Kind Of Wonderful0001Some Kind Of Wonderful
40.0
 
1 40 40 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
840
Woman In Love0001Woman In Love
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
841
Youre Still The One0001You're Still The One
40.0
 
1 40 40 29.0 0 0 1 0 0
842
Daughters0001Daughters
39.0
 
1 39 39 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
843
Get On Your Feet0001Get On Your Feet
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
844
Here There And Everywhere0001Here, There & Everywhere
39.0
 
1 39 39 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
845
How Far0001How Far
39.0
 
1 39 39 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
846
If I Die Young0001If I Die Young
39.0
 
1 39 39 25.0 0 1 0 0 0
847
Kiss0001Kiss
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
848
Never Too Much0001Never Too Much
39.0
 
2 39 39 19.5 0 2 0 0 0
849
Rocket Man0001Rocket Man
30.0
 
3 39 24 23.0 0 3 0 0 0
850
Smells Like Teen Spirit0001Smells Like Teen Spirit
39.0
 
1 39 39 25.0 0 1 0 0 0
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