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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
276
Everybodys Talkin0001Everybody's Talkin'
22.0
 
1 22 22 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
277
Everything0001Everything
52.0
 
1 52 52 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
278
Everything I Do I Do It For You0001(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
37.3
 
3 66 16 18.0 1 1 0 1 0
279
Everytime You Go Away0001Everytime You Go Away
43.0
 
1 43 43 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
280
Everytime You Go Away0001Everytime You Go Away
32.0
 
1 32 32 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
281
Fairytales0001Fairytales
86.0
 
1 86 86 18.0 0 0 0 0 1
282
Faithfully0001Faithfully
61.0
 
3 86 40 16.7 0 0 2 0 1
283
Fallin0001Fallin'
50.0
 
4 67 28 20.8 0 1 2 1 0
284
Falling Slowly0001Falling Slowly
73.7
 
3 79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
285
Family Tree0001Family Tree
70.0
 
1 70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
286
Fancy0001Fancy
65.0
 
1 65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
287
Fat Bottomed Girls0001Fat Bottomed Girls
41.0
 
2 51 31 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
288
Father Figure0001Father Figure
78.0
 
1 78 78 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
289
Feel The Fire0001Feel The Fire
60.0
 
1 60 60 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
290
Feeling Good0001Feeling Good
51.5
 
6 70 37 22.5 0 1 4 1 0
291
Fever0001Fever
58.0
 
4 77 36 22.3 0 1 1 2 0
292
Fighter0001Fighter
32.0
 
1 32 32 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
293
Find Your Love0001Find Your Love
57.0
 
1 57 57 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
294
Fireflies0001Fireflies
52.0
 
1 52 52 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
295
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face0001The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
57.5
 
2 86 29 18.5 0 1 0 0 1
296
Fix You0001Fix You
61.0
 
1 61 61 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
297
Fixing A Hole0001Fixing A Hole
62.0
 
1 62 62 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
298
Flashdance What A Feeling0001Flashdance...What A Feeling
25.5
 
2 32 19 16.0 1 1 0 0 0
299
Flat On The Floor0001Flat On The Floor
68.0
 
2 86 50 18.5 0 0 1 0 1
300
Flaws And All0001Flaws And All
48.0
 
1 48 48 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
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