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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
Ribbon In The Sky0001Ribbon In The Sky
44.0
 
3 61 29 19.7 0 1 1 1 0
777
Rockin Robin0001Rockin' Robin
44.0
 
2 61 27 23.5 0 1 0 1 0
778
Satisfaction0001Satisfaction
44.0
 
1 44 44 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
779
Shout0001Shout!
44.0
 
1 44 44 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
780
Suitcase0001Suitcase
44.0
 
1 44 44 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
781
Unchained Melody0001Unchained Melody
44.0
 
4 77 5 19.0 1 1 0 2 0
782
Warrior0001Warrior
44.0
 
1 44 44 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
783
Wild World0001Wild World
44.0
 
1 44 44 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
784
Work Hard Play Harder0001Work Hard, Play Harder
44.0
 
1 44 44 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
785
You Are Not Alone0001You Are Not Alone
44.0
 
1 44 44 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
786
Heat Wave0001Heat Wave
43.8
 
5 61 34 17.0 0 2 2 1 0
787
I Just Want To Be Your Everything0001I Just Want To Be Your Everything
43.5
 
2 46 41 19.0 0 0 2 0 0
788
I Believe0001I Believe
American Idol original song
43.2
 
6 83 22 16.7 0 4 1 0 1
789
As We Lay0001As We Lay
43.0
 
1 43 43 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
790
Blue0001Blue
43.0
 
1 43 43 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
791
Bold As Love0001Bold As Love
43.0
 
1 43 43 27.0 0 0 1 0 0
792
Disease0001Disease
43.0
 
1 43 43 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
793
Dont You Wanna Stay0001Don't You Wanna Stay
43.0
 
1 43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
794
Everytime You Go Away0001Everytime You Go Away
43.0
 
1 43 43 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
795
Get Ready0001Get Ready
43.0
 
2 54 32 21.5 0 1 1 0 0
796
Girl Is Mine0001The Girl Is Mine
43.0
 
1 43 43 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
797
God Bless The USA0001God Bless The USA
43.0
 
1 43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
798
Hard To Handle0001Hard To Handle
43.0
 
3 66 31 21.3 0 2 0 1 0
799
Have You Ever0001Have You Ever
43.0
 
1 43 43 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
800
Here Comes The Sun0001Here Comes The Sun
43.0
 
1 43 43 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
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