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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
951
Tell Me Something Good0001Tell Me Something Good
42.0
 
1 42 42 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
952
When I Call Your Name0001When I Call Your Name
42.0
 
1 42 42 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
953
When I Fall In Love0001When I Fall In Love
34.7
 
3 42 27 19.7 0 2 1 0 0
954
When I See You Smile0001When I See You Smile
33.0
 
2 42 24 17.0 0 1 1 0 0
955
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
956
Black And Gold0001Black And Gold
41.0
 
1 41 41 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
957
Blue Suede Shoes0001Blue Suede Shoes
41.0
 
1 41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
958
Colors Of The Wind0001Colors Of The Wind
39.5
 
2 41 38 19.5 0 1 1 0 0
959
Come Pick Me Up0001Come Pick Me Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 30.0 0 0 1 0 0
960
Danger Zone0001Danger Zone
41.0
 
1 41 41 12.0 0 0 1 0 0
961
Daniel0001Daniel
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
962
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
963
Groovy Kind Of Love0001Groovy Kind Of Love
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
964
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
965
Just The Way You Are0001Just The Way You Are
41.0
 
1 41 41 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
966
Love All Over Me0001Love All Over Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
967
Man I Feel Like A Woman0001Man! I Feel Like A Woman
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
968
My All0001My All
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
969
Need You Now0001Need You Now
41.0
 
1 41 41 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
970
Rather Be0001Rather Be
41.0
 
1 41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
971
Standing Right Next To Me0001Standing Right Next To Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
972
Suddenly I See0001Suddenly I See
41.0
 
1 41 41 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
973
Vanishing0001Vanishing
41.0
 
1 41 41 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
974
You Cant Hurry Love0001You Can't Hurry Love
25.7
 
3 41 14 16.0 1 1 1 0 0
975
America0001America
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
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