‘American Idol’ To Release A Greatest “Hits” Collection

American Idol is celebrating a decade on the air by releasing a greatest hits compilation called American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits. The biggest problem (besides there being nary one Jennifer Hudson song) is that the term “hits” is about as appropriate a word to use as “stars” is on Dancing With The Stars. Jump below to find out what songs and artists Fox considers a success.

Here’s what you get on American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits… a bunch of songs you probably already have and a handful of others you never had any intention of owning:

“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
“Superstar” by Ruben Studdard
“Invisible” by Clay Aiken
“When I See You” by Fantasia
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
“Takin’ It To The Streets” by Taylor Hicks
“Home” by Daughtry
“No Air” by Jordin Sparks (with Chris Brown)
“Light On” by David Cook
“Live Like We’re Dying” by Kris Allen
“Whataya Want From Me” by Adam Lambert
“Sweet Serendipity” by Lee DeWyze

So, in this context, “hits” means “was released as a single.” Or not actually! Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks’ contribution to this track list is a cover he performed on the show (which also doubled as the B-side to his “Do I Make You Proud” single).

The problem with a greatest hits album is that only a few of the contestants (and even fewer of the nine winners) have had any actual hits. What about a CD full of remastered recordings from memorable live performances from the show’s nine seasons? Fantasia’s “Summertime”, Blake Lewis’ “You Give Love A Bad Name”, Crystal Bowersox’s “Me And Bobby McGee”, Kris Allen’s “Heartless”, Adam Lambert’s “Mad World”, Carrie Underwood’s “Alone”… we could go on.

David Cook’s “Billie Jean”! Taylor Hicks’ “You Are So Beautiful To Me”! Constantine Maroulis’ “Bohemian Rhapsody”! Jordin Sparks’ “I Who Have Nothing”! See? We weren’t kidding! These songs are ten million times more enjoyable than listening to “Sweet Serendipity” again, since we barely made it through listening to it the first time.

What would have made the cut on your Idol Greatest Hits album?

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  • Dan

    It seems like they tried to stick with songs from contestants who have won (besides a few like Jordin Sparks)… bad idea, considering most of their more successful contestants haven’t been winners!

  • Lisa

    Dan, Jordin did win.

    They picked a song each from their winners, whether it was a hit or not. Then they picked a song from some of their teacher’s pets-like Daughtry and Lambert. Then they threw in a Clay track to keep his fans at bay.

    Three glaring omissions-tracks from Jennifer Hudson, David Archuleta and Elliott Yamin. Each have had actual hits. Jennifer scores on the R&B charts and is, well, Jennifer Hudson. David and Elliott each had songs that were far bigger mainstream hits than all but maybe 4 of the songs listed above-Crush and Wait For You.

    IMO, the powers at 19, Idol’s parent company, have always had their favorites. None of those three are among them. Hudson and Yamin have no involvement with 19 at all, so 19 makes no money off them. David is signed with the recording arm of 19 but not the management arm, so people like Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert, who are signed to both, will always get a spot above. Plus, Jive Records, David’s label, IMO, has never had as close of a relationship to 19 as RCA.

  • molly

    Aren’t most of those songs hits? I know Kelly’s, Kris’s, Adam’s, Jordin’s, Carrie’s, Daughtry’s and David’s track listings are all platinum-selling singles. Which definitely equals “hit”. I don’t know how well the songs listed for Clay, Ruben or Fantasia sold. Taylor never had a radio hit, did he? And of course, Lee only has the one single released to date, so there wasn’t any choice there. It seems like the idea was to give one track for each of the 9 winners, plus one from the 3 runners-up who outsold the winners in album sales in their season.

  • Bree

    The could have done a CD with the hits but that would not include all the winners and that would be okay. They should have used only the songs that went platinum. Not in favor of idol song performances though. That has been done to death. We have heard every Mad World performance that Adam has done. As wondeful as it was it is time to move on. The same for some of the other idol performances. These guys and gals are out in the real world now time for them to be acknowledged for their post idol careers. Again, they should have gone with platinum sales only. Pick the top platinum song, one from each and you would have covered most of the winners and the popular idols like Daughtry, Adam, and Archie as well.

  • Ann

    I would not call Daughtry and Adam teacher’s pets, I would call them Grammy nominated artists. Artist who have had successful tours in the US and internationally and are very popular. Why is the world would Idol want to leave them out? Thank goodness that whoever made the choices did not leave it up to envious idol fans who are still upset because nobody talks about their favorites. They put the winners, they picked non-winner stars or high selling album contestants. While you could make a case for Jennifer, Elliot and Archie and not on anyones radar other than their fans.

  • http://www.vertigoshtick.com vertigoshtick

    Daughty and Adam are signed to RCA, as were all Idols until this season. Clay isn’t any longer, but that song was recorded with RCA.

    JHud is on Arista. Katharine McPhee is with Verve. Blake Lewis is with Tommy Boy. David Archuleta and Crystal Bowersox are with Jive.

    You do the math.

  • Ann

    Other than Jennifer, none of the people you mentioned are stars in demand. If no one is buying their music now, why would they want to buy a record with them on it? If you were incharge, would you really think that Blake and Kat or even Archie would be in demand over Daughtry and Adam?

  • Al3OMT

    Lee doesn’t deserve to be on there…. :[

    • Egor Egorovich

      I agree with you

  • AMY

    Kris Allen had a major hit with LLWD glad to see him on there

  • M

    Where’s Kat MchPhee..she’s got so much potential. She needs to record better material, although her last album was pretty solid, just not very single heavy.

  • Nancy

    I think they could have added one more and included Kelly Pickler.

  • kent

    where is david archuleta’s CRUSH? When you omit a 2 million selling song out of the list, you should doubt the logic of their decisions.