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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
801
Invisible0001Invisible
20.0
 
1 20 20 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
802
Iris0001Iris
56.0
 
1 56 56 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
803
It Had To Be You0001It Had To Be You
  • Standard
76.0
 
1 76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
804
It Hurts So Bad0001It Hurts So Bad
44.0
 
1 44 44 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
805
It Might Be You0001It Might Be You
51.0
 
1 51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
806
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
807
Its A Great Day To Be Alive0001It's A Great Day To Be Alive
60.0
 
1 60 60 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
808
Its A Miracle0001It's A Miracle
56.0
 
1 56 56 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
809
Its All Over Now0001It's All Over Now
51.0
 
1 51 51 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
810
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
811
Its Only Love0001It's Only Love
65.0
 
1 65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
812
Its Time0001It's Time
52.0
 
1 52 52 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
813
Ive Done Enough Dyin Today0001I've Done Enough Dyin' Today
32.0
 
1 32 32 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
814
Ive Got The Music In Me0001I've Got The Music In Me
84.0
 
1 84 84 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
815
Ive Got You0001I've Got You
51.0
 
1 51 51 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
816
Ive Just Seen A Face0001I've Just Seen A Face
47.0
 
1 47 47 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
817
Jealous0001Jealous
62.0
 
1 62 62 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
818
Jealous Guy0001Jealous Guy
89.0
 
1 89 89 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
819
Jeremy0001Jeremy
34.0
 
1 34 34 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
820
Jet0001Jet
17.0
 
1 17 17 22.0 1 0 0 0 0
821
Jive Talkin'0001Jive Talkin'
20.0
 
1 20 20 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
822
Just A Fool0001Just A Fool
53.0
 
1 53 53 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
823
Just A Kiss0001Just A Kiss
37.0
 
1 37 37 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
824
Just One0001Just One
51.0
 
1 51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
825
Just The Way You Are0001Just The Way You Are
41.0
 
1 41 41 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
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