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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
Queen Of The Night0001Queen Of The Night
31.0
 
1 31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
952
This Old Heart Of Mine0001This Old Heart Of Mine
31.0
 
2 35 27 18.5 0 2 0 0 0
953
Turning Tables0001Turning Tables
31.0
 
1 31 31 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
954
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted0001What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
31.0
 
2 35 27 19.5 0 2 0 0 0
955
You And I Both0001You And I Both
31.0
 
1 31 31 25.0 0 1 0 0 0
956
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher And Higher0001(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
31.0
 
1 31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
957
Im Your Baby Tonight0001I'm Your Baby Tonight
30.5
 
2 31 30 21.5 0 2 0 0 0
958
Aw Naw0001Aw Naw
30.0
 
1 30 30 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
959
Kiss Me0001Kiss Me
30.0
 
1 30 30 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
960
Missing You 20001Missing You
30.0
 
1 30 30 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
961
Raining On Sunday0001Raining On Sunday
30.0
 
1 30 30 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
962
Rocket Man0001Rocket Man
30.0
 
3 39 24 23.0 0 3 0 0 0
963
Wild One0001Wild One
30.0
 
1 30 30 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
964
Will You Be There0001Will You Be There
30.0
 
1 30 30 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
965
When You Tell Me That You Love Me0001When You Tell Me That You Love Me
29.3
 
3 50 14 17.3 1 1 1 0 0
966
Fly Me To The Moon0001Fly Me To The Moon
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
967
If You Could Only See0001If You Could Only See
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
968
Let Her Go0001Let Her Go
29.0
 
1 29 29 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
969
Maria Maria0001Maria Maria
29.0
 
1 29 29 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
970
My Cherie Amour0001My Cherie Amour
29.0
 
4 48 18 15.8 1 2 1 0 0
971
Someday Well All Be Free0001Someday We'll All Be Free
29.0
 
1 29 29 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
972
Tainted Love0001Tainted Love
29.0
 
1 29 29 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
973
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye0001Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
29.0
 
1 29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
974
Waiting On The World To Change0001Waiting On The World To Change
29.0
 
2 37 21 18.5 0 2 0 0 0
975
Young Hearts Run Free0001Young Hearts Run Free
29.0
 
1 29 29 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
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