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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


Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Song / Artist Average Rating #Pf Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
276
Dont Rain On My Parade0001Don't Rain On My Parade
91.0
 
1 91 91 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
277
Dont Speak0001Don't Speak
49.3
 
3 58 35 18.3 0 1 2 0 0
278
Dont Stop0001Don't Stop
34.0
 
1 34 34 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
279
Dont Stop Believin0001Don't Stop Believin'
52.0
 
1 52 52 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
280
Dont Take Away The Music0001Don't Take Away The Music
46.0
 
1 46 46 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
281
Dont You Forget About Me0001Don't You (Forget About Me)
62.0
 
1 62 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
282
Dont You Wanna Stay0001Don't You Wanna Stay
43.0
 
1 43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
283
Dont You Worry Bout A Thing0001Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
63.0
 
1 63 63 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
284
Dream Big0001Dream Big
American Idol original song
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
285
Dream On0001Dream On
45.3
 
3 81 7 17.3 1 0 1 0 1
286
Dreaming Of You0001Dreaming Of You
7.0
 
1 7 7 11.0 1 0 0 0 0
287
Drift Away0001Drift Away
52.7
 
3 84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
288
Drink A Beer0001Drink A Beer
45.0
 
1 45 45 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
289
Drink You Away0001Drink You Away
54.0
 
1 54 54 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
290
Drops Of Jupiter0001Drops Of Jupiter
28.7
 
3 54 9 16.7 1 1 1 0 0
291
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
292
Earned It0001Earned It
77.5
 
2 78 77 19.5 0 0 0 2 0
293
Earth Song0001Earth Song
38.0
 
1 38 38 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
294
Easy0001Easy
31.0
 
2 55 7 13.0 1 0 1 0 0
295
Edge Of Glory0001The Edge Of Glory
67.5
 
2 77 58 18.0 0 0 1 1 0
296
Edge Of Seventeen0001Edge Of Seventeen
36.0
 
1 36 36 26.0 0 1 0 0 0
297
Eight Days A Week0001Eight Days A Week
3.0
 
1 3 3 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
298
Elastic Heart0001Elastic Heart
74.0
 
1 74 74 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
299
Eleanor Rigby0001Eleanor Rigby
51.8
 
4 82 36 20.0 0 2 1 0 1
300
Emotion0001Emotion
48.0
 
2 61 35 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
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