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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
151
Everybody Wants To Rule The World0001Everybody Wants To Rule The World
20.5
 
2 24 17 13.0 1 1 0 0 0
152
Everybodys Talkin0001Everybody's Talkin'
22.0
 
1 22 22 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
153
Everything I Do I Do It For You0001(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
37.3
 
3 66 16 18.0 1 1 0 1 0
154
Everytime You Go Away0001Everytime You Go Away
32.0
 
1 32 32 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
155
Fallin0001Fallin'
50.0
 
4 67 28 20.8 0 1 2 1 0
156
Fat Bottomed Girls0001Fat Bottomed Girls
41.0
 
2 51 31 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
157
Feeling Good0001Feeling Good
55.0
 
7 76 37 21.7 0 1 4 2 0
158
Fever0001Fever
58.0
 
4 77 36 22.3 0 1 1 2 0
159
Fighter0001Fighter
32.0
 
1 32 32 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
160
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
161
Flashdance What A Feeling0001Flashdance...What A Feeling
25.5
 
2 32 19 16.0 1 1 0 0 0
162
Flat On The Floor0001Flat On The Floor
56.3
 
3 86 33 19.0 0 1 1 0 1
163
Fly Me To The Moon0001Fly Me To The Moon
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
164
Forever In Blue Jeans0001Forever In Blue Jeans
28.0
 
1 28 28 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
165
Fragile0001Fragile
37.0
 
1 37 37 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
166
Free Fallin0001Free Fallin'
26.0
 
1 26 26 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
167
Free Ride0001Free Ride
23.0
 
1 23 23 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
168
FRIENDS0001FRIENDS
28.0
 
1 28 28 28.0 0 1 0 0 0
169
Genie In A Bottle0001Genie In A Bottle
21.0
 
1 21 21 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
170
Get On Your Feet0001Get On Your Feet
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
171
Get Ready0001Get Ready
43.0
 
2 54 32 21.5 0 1 1 0 0
172
Gettin You Home Black Dress Song0001Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)
36.0
 
1 36 36 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
173
Girls Just Want To Have Fun0001Girls Just Want To Have Fun
23.0
 
1 23 23 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
174
God Bless The Child0001God Bless The Child
54.3
 
4 82 21 19.8 0 1 1 1 1
175
Good Girl0001Good Girl
36.0
 
1 36 36 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
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