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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
1
I Believe In You And Me0001I Believe In You And Me
70.8
 
4 72 67 19.3 0 0 0 4 0
2
A Broken Wing0001A Broken Wing
72.3
 
4 82 68 19.5 0 0 0 3 1
3
A Change Is Gonna Come0001A Change Is Gonna Come
63.8
 
5 75 57 23.0 0 0 2 3 0
4
Every Breath You Take0001Every Breath You Take
69.0
 
3 76 65 21.3 0 0 0 3 0
5
Falling Slowly0001Falling Slowly
73.0
 
3 77 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
6
I Surrender0001I Surrender
60.8
 
4 79 35 17.8 0 1 0 3 0
7
Im The Only One0001I'm The Only One
60.0
 
4 69 48 21.3 0 0 1 3 0
8
Rhiannon0001Rhiannon
69.3
 
3 72 66 17.3 0 0 0 3 0
9
Superstition0001Superstition
49.5
 
6 65 35 20.8 0 3 0 3 0
10
To Love Somebody0001To Love Somebody
77.3
 
4 87 68 18.0 0 0 0 3 1
11
Trouble 20001Trouble
70.0
 
3 75 63 18.0 0 0 0 3 0
12
Youre All I Need To Get By0001You're All I Need To Get By
68.0
 
4 76 58 19.0 0 0 1 3 0
13
A Moment Like This0001A Moment Like This
American Idol original song
59.7
 
3 70 41 18.3 0 0 1 2 0
14
Always On My Mind0001Always On My Mind
71.0
 
3 86 60 20.3 0 0 0 2 1
15
Anyway0001Anyway
72.5
 
2 79 66 20.5 0 0 0 2 0
16
Bring Me To Life0001Bring Me To Life
73.5
 
2 76 71 24.5 0 0 0 2 0
17
Come Rain Or Come Shine0001Come Rain Or Come Shine
73.0
 
2 79 67 20.0 0 0 0 2 0
18
Crying0001Crying
70.0
 
2 74 66 17.0 0 0 0 2 0
19
Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me0001Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
70.6
 
7 90 45 18.1 0 0 2 2 3
20
Dont Play That Song0001Don't Play That Song
73.0
 
2 75 71 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
21
Fever0001Fever
58.0
 
4 77 36 22.3 0 1 1 2 0
22
Give Me One Reason0001Give Me One Reason
74.0
 
3 90 60 14.3 0 0 0 2 1
23
Gone0001Gone
59.7
 
3 70 42 20.3 0 0 1 2 0
24
Gunpowder And Lead0001Gunpowder And Lead
68.0
 
2 69 67 22.0 0 0 0 2 0
25
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
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