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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
801
If I Fell0001If I Fell
57.0
 
1 57 57 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
802
If It Hadn't Been For Love0001If It Hadn't Been For Love
37.0
 
1 37 37 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
803
If My Heart Had Wings0001If My Heart Had Wings
22.0
 
1 22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
804
If Only For One Night0001If Only For One Night
38.0
 
1 38 38 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
805
If Tomorrow Never Comes0001If Tomorrow Never Comes
50.0
 
1 50 50 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
806
If We Hold On Together0001If We Hold On Together
75.0
 
1 75 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
807
If You Asked Me To0001If You Asked Me To
72.0
 
1 72 72 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
808
If You Could Only See0001If You Could Only See
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
809
If You Leave Me Now0001If You Leave Me Now
27.0
 
1 27 27 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
810
If Youre Not The One0001If You're Not The One
36.0
 
1 36 36 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
811
Ill Be There For You0001I'll Be There For You
62.0
 
1 62 62 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
812
Ill Never Fall In Love Again0001I'll Never Fall In Love Again
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
813
Im A Believer0001I'm A Believer
10.0
 
1 10 10 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
814
Im Alive0001I'm Alive
49.0
 
1 49 49 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
815
Im Alright0001I'm Alright
67.0
 
1 67 67 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
816
Im Here0001I'm Here
76.0
 
1 76 76 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
817
Im Into Something Good0001I'm Into Something Good
25.0
 
1 25 25 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
818
Im Not The Only One0001I'm Not The Only One
68.0
 
1 68 68 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
819
Im Outta Love0001I'm Outta Love
19.0
 
1 19 19 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
820
Im So Excited0001I'm So Excited
49.0
 
1 49 49 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
821
Impossible0001Impossible
51.0
 
1 51 51 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
822
Impossible Dream0001The Impossible Dream
11.0
 
1 11 11 8.0 1 0 0 0 0
823
In A Dream0001In A Dream
94.0
 
1 94 94 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
824
In This Moment0001In This Moment
American Idol original song
34.0
 
1 34 34 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
825
In Your Eyes0001In Your Eyes
49.0
 
1 49 49 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
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