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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


Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Song / Artist Average Rating #Pf Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
51
Give In To Me0001Give In To Me
83.0
 
1 83 83 14.0 0 0 0 0 1
52
Its All Wrong But Its Alright0001It's All Wrong But It's Alright
83.0
 
1 83 83 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
53
Skyfall0001Skyfall
83.0
 
1 83 83 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
54
Youre So Vain0001You're So Vain
83.0
 
1 83 83 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
55
Youve Got Another Thing Comin'0001You've Got Another Thing Comin'
83.0
 
1 83 83 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
56
Black Or White0001Black Or White
82.0
 
1 82 82 29.0 0 0 0 0 1
57
Bleeding Love0001Bleeding Love
82.0
 
1 82 82 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
58
Donít Make Me Over0001Don’t Make Me Over
82.0
 
1 82 82 10.0 0 0 0 0 1
59
Fool In Love0001Fool In Love
82.0
 
2 83 81 13.5 0 0 0 0 2
60
I Need You Now0001I Need You Now
82.0
 
1 82 82 19.0 0 0 0 0 1
61
Moodys Mood For Love0001Moody's Mood For Love
82.0
 
1 82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
62
Shes A Woman0001She's A Woman
82.0
 
1 82 82 19.0 0 0 0 0 1
63
Somewhere Out There0001Somewhere Out There
82.0
 
1 82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
64
There Will Come A Day0001There Will Come A Day
82.0
 
1 82 82 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
65
These Foolish Things0001These Foolish Things
82.0
 
1 82 82 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
66
Over The Rainbow0001Over The Rainbow
81.8
 
4 90 77 18.3 0 0 0 2 2
67
Candle In The Wind0001Candle In The Wind
81.0
 
1 81 81 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
68
Heaven 20001Heaven
81.0
 
1 81 81 20.0 0 0 0 0 1
69
How Come U Dont Call Me Anymore0001How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?
81.0
 
1 81 81 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
70
Saved0001Saved
81.0
 
1 81 81 14.0 0 0 0 0 1
71
Unbreakable Me0001Unbreakable Me
81.0
 
1 81 81 7.0 0 0 0 0 1
72
Beautiful0001Beautiful
80.0
 
1 80 80 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
73
Come See About Me0001Come See About Me
80.0
 
1 80 80 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
74
Crazy On You0001Crazy On You
80.0
 
1 80 80 10.0 0 0 0 0 1
75
Crow And Butterfly0001The Crow & The Butterfly
80.0
 
1 80 80 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
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