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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
901
Sweet Home Alabama0001Sweet Home Alabama
58.5
 
2 72 45 17.5 0 0 1 1 0
902
Sweet Love0001Sweet Love
19.0
 
1 19 19 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
903
Sweet Sweet Baby Since Youve Been Gone0001(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
87.0
 
1 87 87 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
904
Sweet Thing0001Sweet Thing
57.0
 
2 61 53 15.0 0 0 1 1 0
905
Swingin0001Swingin'
27.0
 
1 27 27 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
906
Tainted Love0001Tainted Love
29.0
 
1 29 29 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
907
Take Me Home Country Roads0001Take Me Home, Country Roads
17.0
 
1 17 17 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
908
Take Me To The King0001Take Me To The King
61.0
 
1 61 61 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
909
Take Me To The Pilot0001Take Me To The Pilot
86.0
 
1 86 86 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
910
Takin It To The Streets0001Takin' It To The Streets
80.0
 
1 80 80 18.0 0 0 0 0 1
911
Talking To The Moon0001Talking To The Moon
22.0
 
1 22 22 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
912
Tattoos On This Town0001Tattoos On This Town
38.0
 
1 38 38 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
913
Teach Me Tonight0001Teach Me Tonight
67.0
 
1 67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
914
Tell Her About It0001Tell Her About It
73.0
 
1 73 73 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
915
Tell Him0001Tell Him
49.0
 
1 49 49 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
916
Tell Me Something Good0001Tell Me Something Good
42.0
 
1 42 42 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
917
Temporary Home0001Temporary Home
46.0
 
1 46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
918
Thank You0001Thank You
11.0
 
1 11 11 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
919
Thats All0001That's All
35.0
 
1 35 35 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
920
That's All0001That's All
  • Standard
47.0
 
1 47 47 14.0 0 0 1 0 0
921
That's All Right0001That's All Right
73.0
 
1 73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
922
That's Life0001That's Life
62.0
 
1 62 62 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
923
Thats What Love Is All About0001That's What Love Is All About
18.0
 
1 18 18 12.0 1 0 0 0 0
924
Thats When Ill Stop Loving You0001That's When I'll Stop Loving You
14.0
 
1 14 14 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
925
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye0001Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
29.0
 
1 29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
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