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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
Love You Inside Out0001Love You Inside Out
45.0
 
2 46 44 16.0 0 0 2 0 0
777
One Two Three00011, 2, 3
45.0
 
1 45 45 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
778
Real Good Man0001Real Good Man
45.0
 
1 45 45 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
779
Say Something Now0001Say Something Now
45.0
 
1 45 45 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
780
Sometimes I Cry0001Sometimes I Cry
45.0
 
1 45 45 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
781
This Ones For The Girls0001This One's For The Girls
45.0
 
1 45 45 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
782
Up On The Roof0001Up On The Roof
45.0
 
1 45 45 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
783
Voice Within0001The Voice Within
45.0
 
1 45 45 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
784
Wake Me Up0001Wake Me Up
45.0
 
3 54 32 20.7 0 1 2 0 0
785
Where The Boys Are0001Where The Boys Are
45.0
 
2 84 6 12.5 1 0 0 0 1
786
Youre The Voice0001You're The Voice
45.0
 
1 45 45 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
787
Big Girls Dont Cry0001Big Girls Don't Cry
44.5
 
2 53 36 17.0 0 1 1 0 0
788
I Wont Give Up0001I Won't Give Up
44.5
 
2 48 41 17.0 0 0 2 0 0
789
Something About The Way You Look Tonight0001Something About The Way You Look Tonight
44.5
 
2 63 26 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
790
Ill Never Love This Way Again0001I'll Never Love This Way Again
44.3
 
3 54 33 19.3 0 1 2 0 0
791
Angels0001Angels
44.0
 
3 70 21 17.7 0 1 1 1 0
792
Anymore0001Anymore
44.0
 
2 53 35 16.5 0 1 1 0 0
793
Coat Of Many Colors0001Coat Of Many Colors
44.0
 
1 44 44 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
794
Dim All The Lights0001Dim All The Lights
44.0
 
1 44 44 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
795
Dont Let Go Love0001Don't Let Go (Love)
44.0
 
1 44 44 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
796
Hero - Carey Mariah0001Hero
44.0
 
4 80 14 15.0 1 1 1 0 1
797
Honesty0001Honesty
44.0
 
1 44 44 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
798
I Want To Know What Love Is0001I Want To Know What Love Is
44.0
 
2 47 41 19.5 0 0 2 0 0
799
Ill Be There0001I'll Be There
44.0
 
4 61 35 19.3 0 2 1 1 0
800
It Hurts So Bad0001It Hurts So Bad
44.0
 
1 44 44 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
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