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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
201
Spinning Wheel0001Spinning Wheel
76.5
 
2 84 69 19.5 0 0 0 1 1
202
Undo It0001Undo It
69.0
 
1 69 69 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
203
Yellow0001Yellow
69.0
 
1 69 69 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
204
Your Song0001Your Song
69.0
 
1 69 69 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
205
A Broken Wing0001A Broken Wing
72.3
 
4 82 68 19.5 0 0 0 3 1
206
Broken Heart0001Broken Heart
68.0
 
1 68 68 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
207
Have You Ever Been In Love0001Have You Ever Been In Love
68.0
 
1 68 68 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
208
I Could Not Ask For More0001I Could Not Ask For More
70.5
 
2 73 68 15.5 0 0 0 2 0
209
I Thank The Lord For The Night Time0001I Thank The Lord For The Night Time
68.0
 
1 68 68 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
210
I Will0001I Will
68.0
 
1 68 68 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
211
Listen0001Listen
68.0
 
1 68 68 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
212
Ready For Love0001Ready For Love
71.5
 
2 75 68 20.5 0 0 0 2 0
213
To Love Somebody0001To Love Somebody
77.3
 
4 87 68 18.0 0 0 0 3 1
214
You And I0001You And I
76.7
 
3 86 68 17.7 0 0 0 2 1
215
All I Do0001All I Do
67.0
 
1 67 67 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
216
Bless The Broken Road0001Bless The Broken Road
67.0
 
1 67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
217
Come Rain Or Come Shine0001Come Rain Or Come Shine
73.0
 
2 79 67 20.0 0 0 0 2 0
218
Dangerously In Love 20001Dangerously In Love 2
67.0
 
1 67 67 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
219
Glitter In Air0001Glitter In The Air
67.0
 
1 67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
220
Gunpowder And Lead0001Gunpowder And Lead
69.5
 
2 72 67 22.0 0 0 0 2 0
221
Home 10001Home
76.0
 
2 85 67 11.5 0 0 0 1 1
222
I Believe In You And Me0001I Believe In You And Me
70.8
 
4 72 67 19.3 0 0 0 4 0
223
I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For0001I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
67.0
 
1 67 67 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
224
Im Alright0001I'm Alright
67.0
 
1 67 67 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
225
Teach Me Tonight0001Teach Me Tonight
67.0
 
1 67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
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