MY FAVORITE TUNES FROM IDOL GRADS

In celebration of the return of “American Idol” for Season 9, Entertainment Weekly published a gallery of their “28 Top Tunes From Idol Grads.” Here’s my list, lopped down to 20… and keep in mind that I haven’t heard every post-Idol Idol album, so if your favorite isn’t here, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

20.  “I Got You” – Blake Lewis

From Blake’s first post-Idol album, “Audio Day Dream,” a great pop song that shows Lewis can always start a second career as a producer of boy bands…

19.  “The Trouble With Love Is” – Kelly Clarkson

My favorite song from Kelly’s debut, “Thankful”…

18.  “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” – Kellie Pickler

A ballad so good, it’s on both of Kellie’s albums…

17.  “The Difference In Me” – Diana DeGarmo

My favorite pop-rock song from Diana’s “Blue Skies” album…

16.  “Tattoo” – Jordin Sparks

While “Battlefield” turned up on a lot of Top Ten lists this year, this is still my favorite single from Jordin…

15.  “Change” – Brooke White

Brooke put out a quality CD before “American Idol.” This is my favorite cut from “Songs From The Attic”…

14.  “Eighth World Wonder” – Kimberley Locke

Kimberley showed every Idol contestant how to launch a career without being signed by 19 after the show with this great single…

13.  “When You Say You Love Me” – Clay Aiken

There are a number of great songs on Clay’s debut like “Invisible” and “Measure Of A Man,” but this breezy love song co-written by Darren Hayes is my favorite…

12.  “Soul Thing” – Taylor Hicks

The Soul Patrol anthem, it should have been a single…

11.  “Nothin’ To Lose” – Josh Gracin

Josh does his best country speed rap, and hit number one on the country charts in the process…

10.  “I Could” – Kimberley Locke

One of the many winners from Kim’s first album, “One Love”…

9.  “Do I Make You Proud” – Taylor Hicks

Probably the least liked Idol finale song, at least until “No Boundaries” came along, but it really grew on me as time went on…

8.  “Wasted” – Carrie Underwood

Because I have trouble relating to songs about duplicitous men (see “Before He Cheats” and “Cowboy Casanova”), this blazing vocal from Carrie is my favorite from her…

7.  “Best Days Of Your Life” – Kellie Pickler

Uh, unless it’s Kellie telling off a duplicitous ex…

6.  “Vehicle” – Bo Bice

Yes, I have plenty of Bo’s songs on my Ipod like “You’re Everything” and “The Real Thing,” but this Ides Of March remake just plain rocks…

5.  “Home” – Daughtry

If you live away from the place you grew up, this is your theme song…

4.  “Forward” – Ayla Brown

A beautiful ballad from someone I wish had made it a little farther into the competition…

3.  “The Time Of My Life” – David Cook

While his album rocked out, David’s finale song crosses all boundaries…

2.  “Love Story” – Katherine McPhee

Pop candy at it’s best…

1.  “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson

Not just the best Idol single yet, but one of the best songs of the last decade. I’ll never understand how this failed to make it to number one…

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2 Responses to “MY FAVORITE TUNES FROM IDOL GRADS”

  1. L Says:

    “Like I’m Not Even Here” from Diana DeGarmo’s EP “Unplugged in Nashville” is very much worth mentioning too.

  2. briguyx Says:

    Well, as I said, I haven’t heard every post “Idol” Idol release. I did try to hear this though, as my friend had it in his collection. Unfortunately somewhere along the line, another CD ended up in the cover of Diana’s album, so I never got to listen to it.

    Diana reports via Twitter that she’s doing a showcase next month at the CMA offices. Hopefully her persistence and talent will lead to another major label CD, this time in the country vein…

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