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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
776
Rather Be0001Rather Be
42.0
 
1 42 42 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
777
Shes Got A Way0001She's Got A Way
42.0
 
1 42 42 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
778
Stone0001The Stone
42.0
 
1 42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
779
Tell Me Something Good0001Tell Me Something Good
42.0
 
1 42 42 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
780
Tonight I Wanna Cry0001Tonight I Wanna Cry
42.0
 
4 55 25 21.5 0 1 3 0 0
781
When I Call Your Name0001When I Call Your Name
42.0
 
1 42 42 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
782
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)0001I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
41.7
 
3 72 21 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
783
All In Love Is Fair0001All In Love Is Fair
41.6
 
5 75 16 19.2 1 2 1 1 0
784
Son Of A Preacher Man0001Son Of A Preacher Man
41.5
 
4 70 10 16.8 1 1 0 2 0
785
Who Wants To Live Forever0001Who Wants To Live Forever
41.5
 
2 57 26 23.5 0 1 1 0 0
786
I Dont Want To Miss A Thing0001I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
41.1
 
8 68 13 18.1 1 2 3 2 0
787
A Little Less Conversation0001A Little Less Conversation
41.0
 
5 72 28 21.8 0 4 0 1 0
788
As Long As You Love Me0001As Long As You Love Me
American Idol original song
41.0
 
1 41 41 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
789
Bad Romance0001Bad Romance
41.0
 
2 46 36 23.5 0 1 1 0 0
790
Blue Suede Shoes0001Blue Suede Shoes
41.0
 
1 41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
791
Come Pick Me Up0001Come Pick Me Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 30.0 0 0 1 0 0
792
Conga0001Conga
41.0
 
2 43 39 17.5 0 1 1 0 0
793
Danger Zone0001Danger Zone
41.0
 
1 41 41 12.0 0 0 1 0 0
794
Daniel0001Daniel
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
795
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
796
Fat Bottomed Girls0001Fat Bottomed Girls
41.0
 
2 51 31 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
797
Groovy Kind Of Love0001Groovy Kind Of Love
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
798
Hey Soul Sister0001Hey, Soul Sister
41.0
 
1 41 41 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
799
I Wont Give Up0001I Won't Give Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 13.0 0 0 1 0 0
800
In The Still Of The Nite0001In The Still Of The Nite
41.0
 
2 46 36 19.5 0 1 1 0 0
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