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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
926
My Prerogative0001My Prerogative
62.0
 
1 62 62 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
927
Need You Now0001Need You Now
41.0
 
1 41 41 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
928
Never0001Never
75.0
 
1 75 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
929
Never Gone0001Never Gone
74.0
 
1 74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
930
New York State Of Mind0001New York State Of Mind
68.7
 
3 91 47 15.3 0 0 1 1 1
931
Next To Me0001Next To Me
60.0
 
1 60 60 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
932
Nights In White Satin0001Nights In White Satin
12.0
 
1 12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
933
Nights On Broadway0001Nights On Broadway
56.0
 
2 56 56 19.5 0 0 2 0 0
934
No Air0001No Air
7.0
 
1 7 7 11.0 1 0 0 0 0
935
No More Drama0001No More Drama
68.5
 
2 88 49 19.5 0 0 1 0 1
936
No More Tears Enough Is Enough0001No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
72.0
 
2 81 63 12.0 0 0 0 1 1
937
No One Else On Earth0001No One Else On Earth
40.0
 
1 40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
938
No One Needs To Know0001No One Needs To Know
48.0
 
1 48 48 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
939
Not Fade Away0001Not Fade Away
48.0
 
1 48 48 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
940
Not Ready To Make Nice0001Not Ready To Make Nice
18.0
 
1 18 18 13.0 1 0 0 0 0
941
Note To God0001Note To God
42.0
 
1 42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
942
Nothing But The Water0001Nothing But The Water
40.0
 
1 40 40 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
943
Nothing Ever Hurt Like You0001Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
16.0
 
1 16 16 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
944
Nowhere To Run0001Nowhere To Run
61.0
 
1 61 61 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
945
Nutbush City Limits0001Nutbush City Limits
80.0
 
1 80 80 22.0 0 0 0 0 1
946
Oh Darling0001Oh! Darling
54.5
 
2 65 44 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
947
OK Its Alright With Me0001OK, It's Alright With Me
19.0
 
1 19 19 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
948
Old Time Rock And Roll0001Old Time Rock And Roll
15.0
 
1 15 15 21.0 1 0 0 0 0
949
OMG0001OMG
5.0
 
1 5 5 12.0 1 0 0 0 0
950
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever0001On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
70.0
 
1 70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
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