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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
951
Good Girl0001Good Girl
36.0
 
1 36 36 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
952
Here We Are0001Here We Are
36.0
 
1 36 36 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
953
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You0001How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
36.0
 
5 62 18 18.8 1 3 0 1 0
954
I Wont Dance0001I Won't Dance
36.0
 
1 36 36 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
955
If Youre Not The One0001If You're Not The One
36.0
 
1 36 36 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
956
Incomplete0001Incomplete
36.0
 
1 36 36 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
957
Kiss From A Rose0001Kiss From A Rose
36.0
 
2 51 21 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
958
Live For Loving You0001Live For Loving You
36.0
 
1 36 36 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
959
Long Long Road0001Long Long Road
American Idol original song
36.0
 
1 36 36 10.0 0 1 0 0 0
960
Radio0001Radio
36.0
 
1 36 36 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
961
You Oughta Know0001You Oughta Know
36.0
 
1 36 36 26.0 0 1 0 0 0
962
Youre Still The One0001You're Still The One
36.0
 
2 40 32 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
963
Knocks Me Off My Feet0001Knocks Me Off My Feet
35.7
 
3 53 17 17.3 1 1 1 0 0
964
For Once In My Life0001For Once In My Life
35.6
 
5 72 14 17.2 1 2 1 1 0
965
Cheek To Cheek0001Cheek To Cheek
35.5
 
2 47 24 19.0 0 1 1 0 0
966
Endless Love0001Endless Love
35.5
 
4 46 27 18.3 0 3 1 0 0
967
Hopelessly Devoted To You0001Hopelessly Devoted To You
35.5
 
2 38 33 18.5 0 2 0 0 0
968
Love Runs Out0001Love Runs Out
35.5
 
2 39 32 18.0 0 2 0 0 0
969
Wild Angels0001Wild Angels
35.5
 
2 37 34 22.0 0 2 0 0 0
970
Perfect0001Perfect
35.3
 
3 60 18 16.0 1 1 0 1 0
971
Smile0001Smile
35.3
 
4 48 14 13.8 1 1 2 0 0
972
Butterflies0001Butterflies
35.0
 
1 35 35 26.0 0 1 0 0 0
973
Everlasting Love0001Everlasting Love
35.0
 
3 61 9 17.3 1 1 0 1 0
974
I Should Have Known Better0001I Should Have Known Better
35.0
 
1 35 35 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
975
I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)0001I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
35.0
 
1 35 35 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
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