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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
Dont Cry Out Loud0001Don't Cry Out Loud
58.0
 
2 84 32 14.0 0 1 0 0 1
277
Dont Ever Let Your Children Grow Up0001Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up
79.0
 
1 79 79 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
278
Dont Get Around Much Anymore0001Don't Get Around Much Anymore
52.0
 
1 52 52 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
279
Dont Know Why0001Don't Know Why
27.0
 
1 27 27 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
280
Dont Leave Me This Way0001Don't Leave Me This Way
57.0
 
3 61 53 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
281
Dont Let Go Love0001Don't Let Go (Love)
44.0
 
1 44 44 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
282
Dont Let The Sun Catch You Crying0001Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
50.0
 
1 50 50 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
283
Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me0001Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
70.6
 
7 90 45 18.1 0 0 2 2 3
284
Dont Play That Song0001Don't Play That Song
73.0
 
2 75 71 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
285
Dont Rain On My Parade0001Don't Rain On My Parade
91.0
 
1 91 91 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
286
Dont Speak0001Don't Speak
49.3
 
3 58 35 18.3 0 1 2 0 0
287
Dont Stop0001Don't Stop
34.0
 
1 34 34 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
288
Dont Stop Believin0001Don't Stop Believin'
38.5
 
2 52 25 24.0 0 1 1 0 0
289
Dont Take Away The Music0001Don't Take Away The Music
46.0
 
1 46 46 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
290
Dont You Forget About Me0001Don't You (Forget About Me)
62.0
 
1 62 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
291
Dont You Wanna Stay0001Don't You Wanna Stay
43.0
 
1 43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
292
Dont You Worry Bout A Thing0001Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
63.0
 
1 63 63 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
293
Dream Big0001Dream Big
American Idol original song
40.0
 
1 40 40 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
294
Dream On0001Dream On
45.3
 
3 81 7 17.3 1 0 1 0 1
295
Dreaming Of You0001Dreaming Of You
7.0
 
1 7 7 11.0 1 0 0 0 0
296
Drift Away0001Drift Away
52.7
 
3 84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
297
Drink A Beer0001Drink A Beer
45.0
 
1 45 45 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
298
Drink You Away0001Drink You Away
54.0
 
1 54 54 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
299
Drops Of Jupiter0001Drops Of Jupiter
28.7
 
3 54 9 16.7 1 1 1 0 0
300
Dumb Blonde0001Dumb Blonde
41.0
 
1 41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
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