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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
Incomplete0001Incomplete
58.0
 
1 58 58 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
802
Incomplete0001Incomplete
36.0
 
1 36 36 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
803
Innocent0001Innocent
23.0
 
1 23 23 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
804
Innuendo0001Innuendo
51.0
 
1 51 51 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
805
Invisible0001Invisible
20.0
 
1 20 20 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
806
Iris0001Iris
56.0
 
1 56 56 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
807
It Had To Be You0001It Had To Be You
  • Standard
76.0
 
1 76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
808
It Hurts So Bad0001It Hurts So Bad
44.0
 
1 44 44 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
809
It Might Be You0001It Might Be You
51.0
 
1 51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
810
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
811
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
812
Its A Miracle0001It's A Miracle
56.0
 
1 56 56 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
813
Its All Over Now0001It's All Over Now
51.0
 
1 51 51 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
814
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
815
Its Only Love0001It's Only Love
65.0
 
1 65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
816
Its Time0001It's Time
52.0
 
1 52 52 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
817
Ive Done Enough Dyin Today0001I've Done Enough Dyin' Today
32.0
 
1 32 32 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
818
Ive Got The Music In Me0001I've Got The Music In Me
84.0
 
1 84 84 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
819
Ive Got You0001I've Got You
51.0
 
1 51 51 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
820
Ive Just Seen A Face0001I've Just Seen A Face
47.0
 
1 47 47 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
821
Jealous0001Jealous
62.0
 
1 62 62 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
822
Jealous Guy0001Jealous Guy
89.0
 
1 89 89 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
823
Jeremy0001Jeremy
34.0
 
1 34 34 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
824
Jet0001Jet
17.0
 
1 17 17 22.0 1 0 0 0 0
825
Jive Talkin'0001Jive Talkin'
20.0
 
1 20 20 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
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