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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
Kiss Me0001Kiss Me
30.0
 
1 30 30 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
952
Missing You 20001Missing You
30.0
 
1 30 30 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
953
Raining On Sunday0001Raining On Sunday
30.0
 
1 30 30 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
954
Since U Been Gone0001Since U Been Gone
30.0
 
1 30 30 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
955
Wild One0001Wild One
30.0
 
1 30 30 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
956
Will You Be There0001Will You Be There
30.0
 
1 30 30 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
957
Breakaway0001Breakaway
23.7
 
3 29 19 15.3 1 2 0 0 0
958
Fly Me To The Moon0001Fly Me To The Moon
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
959
If You Could Only See0001If You Could Only See
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
960
Maria Maria0001Maria Maria
29.0
 
1 29 29 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
961
Someday Well All Be Free0001Someday We'll All Be Free
29.0
 
1 29 29 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
962
Tainted Love0001Tainted Love
29.0
 
1 29 29 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
963
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye0001Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
29.0
 
1 29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
964
Young Hearts Run Free0001Young Hearts Run Free
29.0
 
1 29 29 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
965
Back In The USSR0001Back In The U.S.S.R.
28.0
 
1 28 28 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
966
Breathe0001Breathe
24.5
 
2 28 21 19.5 0 2 0 0 0
967
Change The World0001Change The World
28.0
 
1 28 28 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
968
Dance Little Sister0001Dance Little Sister
28.0
 
1 28 28 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
969
Forever In Blue Jeans0001Forever In Blue Jeans
28.0
 
1 28 28 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
970
Grenade0001Grenade
28.0
 
1 28 28 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
971
Hot Blooded0001Hot Blooded
28.0
 
1 28 28 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
972
I Could Fall In Love0001I Could Fall In Love
28.0
 
1 28 28 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
973
New Attitude0001New Attitude
23.5
 
2 28 19 13.0 1 1 0 0 0
974
Ruby Tuesday0001Ruby Tuesday
28.0
 
1 28 28 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
975
Stay0001Stay
28.0
 
1 28 28 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
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