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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
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
777
Fat Bottomed Girls0001Fat Bottomed Girls
41.0
 
2 51 31 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
778
Groovy Kind Of Love0001Groovy Kind Of Love
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
779
I Can't Help Myself Sugar Pie Honey Bunch0001I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
41.0
 
4 82 6 13.8 1 1 1 0 1
780
I Wont Give Up0001I Won't Give Up
41.0
 
1 41 41 13.0 0 0 1 0 0
781
In The Still Of The Nite0001In The Still Of The Nite
41.0
 
2 46 36 19.5 0 1 1 0 0
782
It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing0001It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing
41.0
 
1 41 41 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
783
Just The Way You Are0001Just The Way You Are
41.0
 
1 41 41 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
784
Love All Over Me0001Love All Over Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
785
Man I Feel Like A Woman0001Man! I Feel Like A Woman
41.0
 
1 41 41 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
786
My All0001My All
41.0
 
1 41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
787
Standing Right Next To Me0001Standing Right Next To Me
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
788
Suddenly I See0001Suddenly I See
41.0
 
1 41 41 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
789
Vanishing0001Vanishing
41.0
 
1 41 41 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
790
Anyone Who Had A Heart0001Anyone Who Had A Heart
40.7
 
3 49 33 19.3 0 1 2 0 0
791
And So It Goes0001And So It Goes
40.5
 
2 73 8 16.5 1 0 0 1 0
792
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You0001How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
40.5
 
4 62 25 19.5 0 3 0 1 0
793
Youre No Good0001You're No Good
40.5
 
2 44 37 20.0 0 1 1 0 0
794
Knock On Wood0001Knock On Wood
40.3
 
3 69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
795
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
796
This Love0001This Love
40.3
 
4 74 4 19.3 1 1 1 1 0
797
America0001America
40.0
 
1 40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
798
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
799
Dream Big0001Dream Big
American Idol original song
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
800
Ill Never Fall In Love Again0001I'll Never Fall In Love Again
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
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