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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
Faithfully0001Faithfully
60.7
 
3 85 40 16.7 0 0 2 0 1
277
Fallin0001Fallin'
50.0
 
4 67 28 20.8 0 1 2 1 0
278
Falling Slowly0001Falling Slowly
73.0
 
3 77 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
279
Family Tree0001Family Tree
70.0
 
1 70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
280
Fancy0001Fancy
65.0
 
1 65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
281
Fat Bottomed Girls0001Fat Bottomed Girls
41.0
 
2 51 31 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
282
Father Figure0001Father Figure
78.0
 
1 78 78 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
283
Feel The Fire0001Feel The Fire
60.0
 
1 60 60 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
284
Feeling Good0001Feeling Good
51.5
 
6 70 37 22.5 0 1 4 1 0
285
Fever0001Fever
58.0
 
4 77 36 22.3 0 1 1 2 0
286
Fighter0001Fighter
32.0
 
1 32 32 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
287
Find Your Love0001Find Your Love
57.0
 
1 57 57 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
288
Fireflies0001Fireflies
52.0
 
1 52 52 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
289
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
290
Fix You0001Fix You
61.0
 
1 61 61 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
291
Fixing A Hole0001Fixing A Hole
62.0
 
1 62 62 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
292
Flashdance What A Feeling0001Flashdance...What A Feeling
25.5
 
2 32 19 16.0 1 1 0 0 0
293
Flat On The Floor0001Flat On The Floor
68.0
 
2 86 50 18.5 0 0 1 0 1
294
Flaws And All0001Flaws And All
48.0
 
1 48 48 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
295
Fly Me To The Moon0001Fly Me To The Moon
29.0
 
1 29 29 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
296
Flying Without Wings0001Flying Without Wings
49.0
 
2 51 47 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
297
Folsom Prison Blues0001Folsom Prison Blues
50.5
 
2 58 43 26.5 0 0 2 0 0
298
Fool In Love0001Fool In Love
82.0
 
2 83 81 13.5 0 0 0 0 2
299
Foolish Heart0001Foolish Heart
64.0
 
1 64 64 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
300
For All We Know0001For All We Know
73.0
 
1 73 73 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
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