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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
Longer0001Longer
42.0
 
1 42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
827
Maybe0001Maybe
42.0
 
1 42 42 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
828
Me And Mrs Jones0001Me And Mrs. Jones
42.0
 
1 42 42 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
829
Shes Got A Way0001She's Got A Way
42.0
 
1 42 42 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
830
Stone0001The Stone
42.0
 
1 42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
831
Tell Me Something Good0001Tell Me Something Good
42.0
 
1 42 42 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
832
When I Call Your Name0001When I Call Your Name
42.0
 
1 42 42 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
833
When I Fall In Love0001When I Fall In Love
34.7
 
3 42 27 19.7 0 2 1 0 0
834
When I See You Smile0001When I See You Smile
33.0
 
2 42 24 17.0 0 1 1 0 0
835
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
836
Blue Suede Shoes0001Blue Suede Shoes
41.0
 
1 41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
837
Come Pick Me Up0001Come Pick Me Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 30.0 0 0 1 0 0
838
Daniel0001Daniel
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
839
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
840
Groovy Kind Of Love0001Groovy Kind Of Love
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
841
I Wont Give Up0001I Won't Give Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 13.0 0 0 1 0 0
842
It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing0001It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing
41.0
 
1 41 41 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
843
Just The Way You Are0001Just The Way You Are
41.0
 
1 41 41 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
844
Love All Over Me0001Love All Over Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
845
Man I Feel Like A Woman0001Man! I Feel Like A Woman
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
846
My All0001My All
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
847
Standing Right Next To Me0001Standing Right Next To Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
848
Suddenly I See0001Suddenly I See
41.0
 
1 41 41 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
849
Vanishing0001Vanishing
41.0
 
1 41 41 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
850
You Cant Hurry Love0001You Can't Hurry Love
25.7
 
3 41 14 16.0 1 1 1 0 0
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