Who Sang It Better? Most Commonly Performed Songs in American Idol

A huge reason why so many people still like American Idol (despite its declining ratings) is its contestants continue to provide awesome performances that give previously unpopular and completely forgotten songs a new appeal.

I didn’t know Feelin’ Good before but after Adam Lambert did an incredible job in Season 8, it has become one of my favorites and so was Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Props to American Idol for re-introducing the greatest musical creations to the new generation. Let Glee take care of the pop songs from the most recent decades. Songs from American Idol go back as far as the 30s and you’d be surprised at how awesome some of the old songs are.

That’s why many contestants sing songs that were previously performed on the Idol stage and because there are so many of them, it’s hard to say which ones stood out. Take a look at some of the same songs performed in different seasons and decide who sang it better.


Season 4 champ Carrie Underwood sang this in Week 2 and did so well Simon called it and said she’d win and sell far more records than any other Idol winners.

Allison Iraheta sang this in the semi finals in Season 8. She impressed the judges and was said to be someone to watch out for.


I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again

Jasmine Trias didn’t have the strongest vocal in Season 3 but her rendition of this Dione Warwick hit during Barry Manilow week impressed the guest judge and Simon, who was not her number one fan.

Vonzell Solomon sang this during the Top 3 stage. Clive Davis chose this for her and was greatly impressed as well.


I Who Have Nothing

Jordin Sparks sang this with so much emotion Simon felt it was a very gloomy performance. You can feel the hurt in every note. Last season, Candice Glover performed the same song. It just showed why she deserved to snag the title.



Bohemian Rhapsody

Constantine Maroulis became a legitimate threat (and heartthrob) when he rocked this song in Season 4. Kellie Pickler sang this also in Season 5 but didn’t get as much love. In Season 7, Michael Johns did a good job when he sang this in Hollywood week.




And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going

Lakisha Jones (Season 6) and Jessica Sanchez (Season 11) are both awesome vocalists it’s hard to decide which one sang it better.


Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Jasmine Trias almost went home after she sang this Elton John classic in Season 3, which judges thought was too pitchy. In Season 7, Clive Davis chose this as David Archuleta’s first song for the Top 2 performance night. Randy called it as one of the best performances of the season.




Words can lie. Sentences obfuscate. Context? Now that's worth checking. Show, not tell.

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