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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
776
Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay0001(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
40.3
 
3 80 12 16.3 1 1 0 0 1
777
This Love0001This Love
40.3
 
4 74 4 19.3 1 1 1 1 0
778
America0001America
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
779
Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)0001Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
780
Dream Big0001Dream Big
American Idol original song
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
781
Ill Never Fall In Love Again0001I'll Never Fall In Love Again
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
782
No One Else On Earth0001No One Else On Earth
40.0
 
1 40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
783
Nothing But The Water0001Nothing But The Water
40.0
 
1 40 40 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
784
Part Time Lover0001Part-Time Lover
40.0
 
3 56 14 19.7 1 0 2 0 0
785
Some Kind Of Wonderful0001Some Kind Of Wonderful
40.0
 
1 40 40 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
786
Woman In Love0001Woman In Love
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
787
Youre Still The One0001You're Still The One
40.0
 
1 40 40 29.0 0 0 1 0 0
788
Put Your Records On0001Put Your Records On
39.7
 
3 58 17 17.0 1 0 2 0 0
789
Come To My Window0001Come To My Window
39.5
 
4 66 7 17.0 1 0 2 1 0
790
Inside Your Heaven0001Inside Your Heaven
American Idol original song
39.5
 
2 49 30 12.5 0 1 1 0 0
791
Call Me0001Call Me
39.3
 
3 60 11 21.3 1 0 1 1 0
792
Daughters0001Daughters
39.0
 
1 39 39 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
793
Get On Your Feet0001Get On Your Feet
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
794
Here There And Everywhere0001Here, There & Everywhere
39.0
 
1 39 39 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
795
How Far0001How Far
39.0
 
1 39 39 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
796
If I Die Young0001If I Die Young
39.0
 
1 39 39 25.0 0 1 0 0 0
797
Kiss0001Kiss
39.0
 
1 39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
798
Never Too Much0001Never Too Much
39.0
 
2 39 39 19.5 0 2 0 0 0
799
Rock With You0001Rock With You
39.0
 
3 57 23 15.7 0 2 1 0 0
800
Smells Like Teen Spirit0001Smells Like Teen Spirit
39.0
 
1 39 39 25.0 0 1 0 0 0
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