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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
851
Just A Fool0001Just A Fool
53.0
 
1 53 53 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
852
Just A Kiss0001Just A Kiss
37.0
 
1 37 37 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
853
Just One0001Just One
51.0
 
1 51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
854
Just The Way You Are0001Just The Way You Are
41.0
 
1 41 41 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
855
Keep The Faith0001Keep The Faith
38.0
 
1 38 38 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
856
Keep Your Hands To Yourself0001Keep Your Hands To Yourself
35.0
 
1 35 35 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
857
Killer Queen0001Killer Queen
20.0
 
1 20 20 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
858
King Of Spain0001King Of Spain
62.0
 
1 62 62 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
859
King Of The Road0001King Of The Road
50.0
 
1 50 50 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
860
Kiss0001Kiss
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
861
Kiss And Say Goodbye0001Kiss And Say Goodbye
87.0
 
1 87 87 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
862
Kiss Me0001Kiss Me
30.0
 
1 30 30 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
863
Lady0001Lady
47.0
 
1 47 47 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
864
Landslide0001Landslide
7.0
 
1 7 7 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
865
Latch0001Latch
60.0
 
1 60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
866
Lawdy Miss Clawdy0001Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
51.0
 
1 51 51 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
867
Lego House0001Lego House
50.0
 
1 50 50 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
868
Let Her Go0001Let Her Go
29.0
 
1 29 29 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
869
Let It Go0001Let It Go
26.0
 
1 26 26 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
870
Lets Get Loud0001Let's Get Loud
26.0
 
1 26 26 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
871
Let's Groove0001Let's Groove
19.0
 
1 19 19 17.0 1 0 0 0 0
872
Letters From Home0001Letters From Home
65.0
 
1 65 65 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
873
Like A Prayer0001Like A Prayer
42.0
 
1 42 42 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
874
Like I Can0001Like I Can
62.0
 
1 62 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
875
Like My Mother Does0001Like My Mother Does
74.0
 
1 74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
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