The Five Best Tracks On David Archuleta’s (Possibly Fake) iPod

Nov 6th, 2008 // 20 Comments

In the portable-media player era, one of the common gambits for “getting to know” an artist is the celebrity playlist, in which famous people purport to reveal to the world the contents of their digital-music library. Whether these lists of tracks are real or fake or just highly massaged is frequently up for debate, given the sheer number of public-relations types in desperate need of something to do who are still employed by the music industry. But I kind of want to believe in the latest one of these to cross my transom because it comes to us courtesy of American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, who showed the contents of “his iPod” to USA Today as part of the runup to his album’s release next week. If it’s real, it shows just how much the kid has grown since he was annoying the crap out of me every Tuesday night last winter. Sure, some of the songs listed are the sorta-treacly material that made him so annoying during Idol‘s seventh season (hello, Wilson Phillips!), but other tracks are really good! I swear! Five examples of this after the jump.

5. Heart, “Alone”

Sure, it’s a requirement for every Idol contestant–male and female–to know this song. But at least he skipped the Celine Dion version, no?

4. Cyndi Lauper, “Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”

Want to feel old? This song was made five years before he came into the world!

3. Van Halen, “Panama”

I like to think of David busting this out at karaoke, but getting all red-faced during the part about reaching down between his legs… to, you know, ease the seat back.

2. Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights”

Why do I have a feeling Danny Noriega turned him on to this song?

1. Robyn, “With Every Heartbeat”

If this is a sign that Archie wants to work with the Swedish knob-twiddler Kleerup on his next record, I say go for it.

There’s also a Tokio Hotel song on there, which I’m mentioning mainly because I want to see what happens when those two fanbases collide.

‘Idol’ runner-up David Archuleta is poised for record debut [USA Today]


  1. Nunya B

    Keep Archie away from Kleerup. He’s got to save Kylie first.

  2. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Why do I have the feeling that Archuleta’s Dad chose the songs on his iPod, too?

  3. Maura Johnston

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: I seriously doubt Archie’s Mormon father is a big Kate Bush fan.

  4. CapnCalamity

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Why do I have the feeling that one of his labels interns had a laugh filling this out?

    However, if word gets out that he is performing Van Halen and/or Kate Bush covers on tour, I will buy tickets.

  5. Audif Jackson Winters III

    @Maura Johnston: Ehh, probably not, right? I just wanted to get in a “Archie is controlled by his Dad” reference.

  6. Anonymous


    He’s got no Ryan Adams songs, he has no taste.

  7. Anonymous

    If you ever get to meet David Archuleta, you will find out there is nothing fake about him. He is the same person he was on AI. IMO, the producers and nature of the show just stifled him. He has always loved a variety of music and is in many ways an “old soul” as Paula called him and “17 going on 30″ in maturity as Cook recently said.

  8. Anonymous

    You obviously haven’t read up on Archuleta interviews – you would know that he said that his friends always considered him a nerd about music – knows all the hits all around the world and sings lines out of many of them at random. He was into all the Billboard charts and is the one who said ages ago that one of his Idol’s was Eva Cassidy and half the people at that time said “who?”. He single handedly increased the views to Cassidy’s “Songbird” on youtube by thousands and thousands of views. Anyway, this is the guy who sang “Waiting on the World to Change” and Gnarl’s Barkleys “Crazy” for his first Idol auditions. (Check out his “Crazy” on youtube. You can see that I am hooked on his voice and any music that he puts out there from pop to “ballad”, etc., I will buy.

  9. Lucas Jensen

    @LK08: Have you met him? OMG!

  10. Lucas Jensen

    @juiceandgin: Wait, I would think a lack of Ryan Adams songs would signal GOOD taste!

  11. Lucas Jensen

    @accord: Are you a real person?

  12. Invisible Circus

    the picture looks like there is massive cleavage going on.

  13. Anonymous

    David studied the US and international Billboard charts for years, researching the songs, singers, writers, and producers. He says he’s a chart geek. So the diversity of his Ipod selections does not surprise me. He also listens to a lot of current radio music and music of other performers at multi-act concerts he will be in. The Ipod list looks similar but not exactly the same as his big Amazon list of his favorite music. I was pleased to see Tracy Chapman and Alanis on there.

  14. Anonymous

    I remember reading once that David has studied and listened to music of all kinds since he was very young. He has been obsessed with all kinds of singers. He always knows the top singers, even random ones like Eva Cassidy whom he loves. He follows charts inside our country as well as in other countries. Someone said he always knows who is on top of the charts at any given time. Have you read his top 30 songs and artists that he revealed to his fans recently? Honestly, for anyone to think this ipod list was made up doesn’t know David very well and I think they should be ashamed for even suggesting that “a secretary somewhere” had fun listing these songs. Why do people always want to discredit David and not give him the respect he deserves. I really do hope that everyone can love and enjoy his music as much as I do and simply recognize what a gift he is to the world. Please don’t make up negative things about him—he deserves better.

  15. Anonymous

    Read his recently posted playlist. The kid is a music fanatic and has amazing taste!

  16. Lucas Jensen

    @violet4ever: So, he’s a robot?

  17. scarletvirtue

    Okay, when did the sudden influx of Archuleta fangirls come around? I’m scared….

  18. Nunya B

    @scarletvirtue – Fake American Feminist: Google News Alerts are a powerful, powerful thing.

  19. scarletvirtue

    @Nunya B: Good point. And thankfully, they seem to leave as quickly as they came around!

  20. this is live proof that Gazza was a Genius

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