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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
Love All Over Me0001Love All Over Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
802
Love Came Down0001Love Came Down
66.0
 
1 66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
803
Love Child0001Love Child
44.0
 
1 44 44 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
804
Love Don't Die0001Love Don't Die
22.0
 
1 22 22 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
805
Love Hangover0001Love Hangover
53.0
 
1 53 53 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
806
Love Hurts0001Love Hurts
37.0
 
1 37 37 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
807
Love Me Tender0001Love Me Tender
54.0
 
1 54 54 27.0 0 0 1 0 0
808
Love On Top0001Love On Top
60.0
 
1 60 60 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
809
Love Potion Number Nine0001Love Potion No. 9
63.0
 
1 63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
810
Love Song Barielles Sara0001Love Song
24.0
 
1 24 24 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
811
Love The Way You Lie0001Love The Way You Lie
76.0
 
1 76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
812
Love Will Keep Us Together0001Love Will Keep Us Together
74.0
 
1 74 74 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
813
Love You I Do0001Love You I Do
85.0
 
1 85 85 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
814
Lucky0001Lucky
9.0
 
1 9 9 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
815
Lucky Man0001Lucky Man
64.0
 
1 64 64 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
816
Maggie May0001Maggie May
70.0
 
1 70 70 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
817
Magic Man0001Magic Man
13.0
 
1 13 13 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
818
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All0001Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
54.0
 
1 54 54 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
819
Making Memories Of Us0001Making Memories Of Us
69.0
 
1 69 69 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
820
Mama0001Mama
8.0
 
1 8 8 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
821
Man I Feel Like A Woman0001Man! I Feel Like A Woman
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
822
Mandolin Rain0001Mandolin Rain
63.0
 
1 63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
823
Mandy0001Mandy
31.0
 
1 31 31 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
824
Maria Maria0001Maria Maria
29.0
 
1 29 29 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
825
Mary Jane0001Mary Jane
69.0
 
1 69 69 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
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