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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
151
Fever0001Fever
58.0
 
4 77 36 22.3 0 1 1 2 0
152
Fighter0001Fighter
32.0
 
1 32 32 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
153
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face0001The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
57.5
 
2 86 29 18.5 0 1 0 0 1
154
Flashdance What A Feeling0001Flashdance...What A Feeling
25.5
 
2 32 19 16.0 1 1 0 0 0
155
Fly Me To The Moon0001Fly Me To The Moon
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
156
Forever In Blue Jeans0001Forever In Blue Jeans
28.0
 
1 28 28 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
157
Fragile0001Fragile
37.0
 
1 37 37 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
158
Free Fallin0001Free Fallin'
26.0
 
1 26 26 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
159
Free Ride0001Free Ride
23.0
 
1 23 23 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
160
Genie In A Bottle0001Genie In A Bottle
21.0
 
1 21 21 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
161
Get On Your Feet0001Get On Your Feet
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
162
Get Ready0001Get Ready
43.0
 
2 54 32 21.5 0 1 1 0 0
163
Girls Just Want To Have Fun0001Girls Just Want To Have Fun
23.0
 
1 23 23 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
164
God Bless The Child0001God Bless The Child
54.3
 
4 82 21 19.8 0 1 1 1 1
165
Good Girl0001Good Girl
36.0
 
1 36 36 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
166
Got To Get You Into My Life0001Got To Get You Into My Life
38.0
 
1 38 38 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
167
Gravity0001Gravity
42.0
 
2 60 24 19.5 0 1 0 1 0
168
Greatest Love Of All0001Greatest Love Of All
48.5
 
2 73 24 16.5 0 1 0 1 0
169
Grenade0001Grenade
25.0
 
1 25 25 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
170
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?0001Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
56.0
 
3 74 24 18.7 0 1 0 2 0
171
Heaven 10001Heaven
57.8
 
4 84 34 17.0 0 1 1 1 1
172
Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love0001Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
27.0
 
1 27 27 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
173
Hello0001Hello
57.3
 
3 90 29 18.0 0 1 1 0 1
174
Here For The Party0001Here For The Party
27.0
 
1 27 27 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
175
Here There And Everywhere0001Here, There & Everywhere
39.0
 
1 39 39 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
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