A Season 10 Mixed Tape

A long time ago, in a world before iTunes…

In the olden days (i.e. when this year’s final two were still young enough to go trick-or-treating), 19R used to put out a compilation album each season. Due to the glacial pace of things back then, they would typically have the Idols record the songs they sang the first week or two of the finals and release the album a few weeks before the finale. The track listing was always much discussed on the knoll to see if track order indicated or the theme featured favoured the chosen ones. Some of the albums sold quite well, but the Idol powers that be could not help but notice the brisk business in downloads of MP3s for all the songs performed. They smelled money.

Late in Season 5, they started selling MP3s/videos of the Idol performances from their own site. It wasn’t well reported, but it must have been successful enough. The next season, they did not release a compilation album and had the kids record studio tracks each week. These too were exclusively available via the American Idol site, but people were suspicious. At the end of the season, they released songs from Jordin and Blake, the two finalists, to iTunes. A few weeks later, they released all of the songs to iTunes and you could even purchase a massive album of all the songs for the entire season which as a bit cheaper then buying them all individually.

TPTB decided to go with iTunes all the way in Season 7. What ensued was a cat-and-mouse game for weeks where people would find various ways of revealing which contestant was selling better than the others. Loophole after loophole was closed until they were all left in the dark. The exercise was a tremendous success. During finale week, David Cook moved an astonishing 942,000 songs which accounted for 15.7% of all songs downloaded in the US that week. Together, the Idols accounted for 25% of all downloads in the US. One can only imagine how many the sold the weeks we didn’t get numbers. Weekly downloads were here to stay.

That year, they also did something that puzzles people to this day. On Idol results night, they yanked every single season seven song from iTunes. In their place, they left only the songs that had been performed that week and even those were only left up for a short time. Only the coronation song was available for purchase through that summer and early fall.

Me? I kind of like the souvenier compilation albums of yore. They are a nice memory of the season. So, the week before Final two, I always go through the iTunes store and pick out my favourite keepers. I try to listen to them all, because I”m constantly amazed how good some of the songs sound. Some of my favourites come from people I did not even like (in Season 6, I was a Melinda fan all the way, but Lakisha’s “This Ain’t a Love Song” is my favourite from that season. Brooke was my horse in Season 7, but Cook’s “Always Be My Baby” is stunning. I didn’t care for Anoop, but his vocals on “Always on My Mind” are just so pure). I don’t want to miss a gem.

So, I always solicit help from the fan bases. If you could only recommend one song from your favourite Idol for the non-fan, what would it be? I’ve started with my initial lists, but I’m not so sure. Right now, they are just in the order of elimination, so I’m clearly violating the rules for a mix taped that are specified in High Fidelity:

The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.

13. Ashton Jones – When You Tell Me That You Love Me – Top 13 – We only get one choice here. It’s over produced, but what can you do?

12. Karen Rodriguez – Love Will Lead You Back – Top 12 – I hate the other song, so this one wins by default. The Spanish is a nice touch.

11/10. Naima Adedapo – Umbrella – Top 13 – I find the original of this song annoying, but I like the updates that she did with this song. Her performance was fun and the studio recording reflects it. I like the Reggae feel.

11/10 Thia Megia – Daniel – Top 11B – Some nice emotion and nuance in this version. Her vocals really are pretty. I wish she had waited a few years for Idol.

9. Pia Toscano – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down – Top 11B – Shows off her power vocals. It helps that this song is so awesome to begin with.

8. Paul MacDonald – Folsom Prison Blues – Top 9 – I know that this is not how Cash sang it, to say the least. Cash was a cold, but regretful killer. I liked how somebody said that this version is from the crazy, skinny guy called like Weasel or Flea that was usually funny and seemed totally harmless, but would totally shoot somebody and then smile. This version is infectious, I can’t help but like it. But I like Rocket Man too. My first difficult choice.

7. Stefano Langone – Closer – Top 7 – I’m liking a lot of the boot songs. IDK, I find the studio recordings of his ballads too loungy, so this is the only one I like.

6. Casey Abrams – With a Little Help from My Friends – Top 13 – He just eats this song. Kills it. Awesome. There were a couple of other songs in contention, but this one won out with me.

5. Jacob Lusk – You’re All I Need to Get By – Top 11A Starts slow and then he brings it to church. They did a terrible job with a lot of his recordings making his voice sound thinner than it is, but this one doesn’t suffer from that. Honorable Mention: I’m Into Something Good – It’s insane. Like they both just said “Screw it. Let’s ham it up!”. LOL. Dance With My Father was pretty.

4. James Durbin –  I’ll Be There For You – Top 12 – I don’t remember James singing this on the show. At all. But I love this recording. I might switch this to Closer to the Edge because his voice just soars on that one.

3. Haley Reinhart – You and I – Top 5 – Nice jazzy tune. I’ve grown to love this one. I wanted to like Bennie and the Jets (I love it on the show and it is the song that finally got others to like her too), but it lacks the energy of the life performances and that disappoints me. Maybe in a few weeks when the awesomeness of her elimination version fades in my memory.

1/2 Lauren Alaina – Where You Lead – Top 6 – Sassy fun and Lauren really uses her voice.

1/2 Scotty McCreery – Gone – Top 5 – This was just such a fun performance from him and translated well to the studio. Plus I needed something upbeat. This list is a little ballad heavy. But, then I’m tempted to get one of his storyteller songs since that has probably been the hallmark of his Idol run. The River has a gorgeous melody. It’s a shame they didn’t use the live performance arrangement for “You’ve Got a Friend” because that was my favourite performance of his.

What about you? Do you have a best of list from the season? What is the one song from your favourite everyone should own? What diamond’s in the rough were much better than the performance versions? Would it be bad if I left off Ashton’s song?


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  • jersey

    Nice idea for a post Kirsten! I’ll have to think about it. Looking forward to reading everyone’s suggestions.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Mostly agree with your selections. My only changes would be…

    Casey – Your Song
    Haley – What Is and What Should Never Be
    James – You’ve Got Another Thing Comming

    A couple duet tracks would be fun too… Moanin’ and Gunpowder and Lead

    Great Idea. You know I loves me a mix tape.

  • http://www.huckleberryfriendmusic.com/ huckleberryfriend

    Haley – Rolling in the Deep

  • mytwocents

    So many amazing studio versions from Haley, I can’t even choose. But You and I and Rolling in the Deep are sooooo current, they deserve more spotlight than any of the “covers” the other contestants made. :)

  • cookbunny

    amadcow, totally agree with the duets you listed. “Gunpowder and Lead” made me want a Lauren/Haley finale! Add Jacob and Naima’s “Solid” cover. And as much as I LOVE Haley’s “You and I,” if I could only have one it would be the Led Zeppelin song.

    I can’t agree with the Stefano song…when I’d rather hear Michael Sarver’s version of “Closer” (he did it during the tour) it’s a bad sign.

  • BrandoC15

    All of Haleys!!! :P

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I haven’t listened to all the iTunes, but from the top of my head from the performances, I would choose the following:

    Jacob: No Air (j/k I can’t come up with one, except I really enjoyed his commitment to the group songs).

    Pia: River Deep Mountain High (I guess… trying to remember what else she sang?)

    Paul: Most definitely Folsom Prison Blues

    Casey: Your Song

    Stefano: I Need You Now

    James: When My Guitar Gently Weeps

    Scotty: Gone

    Naima: Dancing In the Street. Perhaps it’s because I liked the weird integration of the African dance. Not sure how that would work on a recording.

    Lauren: Candle in the Wind?

    Thia: Smile?

    Haley: Moanin; Oh, since that wasn’t recorded, I will go with What is and What Should Never Be. I liked many of hers, though.

  • marianepoli

    Good topic! I heard some great recordings this season

    My list would be pretty much:
    Ashton Jones – well, she just recorded: When You Tell Me That You Love Me. I’m not sure I liked, because I may have heard it once.

    Karen Rodriguez: I Could Fall In Love. Both songs are pretty bad, but this one I could hear it until the end.

    Naima Adedapo: Dancing In the Streets. I really liked Naima, and this version is funky, groovy and pretty cool.

    Thia Meguia: Color of The Wind. She was overall boring, but I have a soft spot for Disney songs ;D

    Pia Toscano: Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me. Her song choices were boring and predictable, but she was an AWESOME singer and this is pretty clear in this version!

    Paul McDonald: I ADORE Paul’s recording voice. It’s pretty cool. It would be a tie for me between: Rocket Man and Come Pick Me Up.

    Stefano Langone: I Do Not Like His Voice. It seems forced to me. But I liked “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”.

    Casey Abrams: I really liked him live, but on the studio not so much… However Nature Boy is pretty special. And his duet in I Feel The Earth Move is all kinds of great!

    Jacob Luck: You’re All I Need to Get By is my favorite overall Jacob performance. Live and Studio. Actually, the only Jacob performance I enjoy. His voice sound so pretty.

    James Durbin: James in the studio is pretty amazing! I really like Maybe I’m Amazed, I’ll Be There For You and Uprising.

    Haley Reinhart: She has the best recordings this season! It’s actually incredibly difficult to choose from. But If I’m narrowing it down, Rolling in the Deep, What Is And What Should Never Be, You and I and Bennie and the Jets are my favorites. You and I has a slighter edge.

    Lauren Alaina: Trouble. I don’t know why. I just like her voice on this one.

    Scotty McCreety: Gone. The only studio recording I can listen from him. I’m not a Country fan, so it’s hard to appreciate him fully, but this song is fun!

  • Reflections On Life

    I haven’t listened to all the studio tracks, so this list is handicapped by that:

    Ashthon – leave her off
    Karen – if we could get the JLo cover she sang basso nova style, that’d be awesome, my fav from her. she is clearly a musical talent. i don’t really care for her finals run.
    Naima – umbrella OR i’m still standing (yes, i’m one of the few that liked that she added the accent to the song)
    Thia – out here on my own
    Pia – all is fair in love OR i’ll stand by you
    Paul – rocket man, or nothing. i’m not really a fan of his idol run. but i like his grand magnolias stuff.
    Stefano – the stevie wonder song (again, i’m one of the few that liked the disco backing track to it, he actually sounds better to a back-beat than doing the languid ballad stuff)
    Casey – nature boy
    Jacob – a house is not a home
    James – the judas priest song OR maybe i’m amazed
    Haley – you and i (once more, i’m one of the few that liked this song better than the others, maybe because it was NOT really a cover insofar as the song’s not been released, so it sounded more fresh and showcased what she could do with an unknown song. she definitely gives it a funkier, groovier, more 70s feel than lady gaga does. i prefer hers to lady gagas). actually, an entire mixtape with just Haley would be fine with me. ;)
    Scotty – Gone or the Elvis rockabilly song (I also liked the Carole King song, but apparently the studio track is no good.)
    Lauren – Flat on the Floor, Candle in the Wind, or Anyways

    ETA: Duets
    Haley-Casey Moanin’ (one of my top 10 idol moments ever)
    Haley-Lauren Gunpowder & Lead (finally showed the promise of Lauren)
    Naima-Jacob Solid (both sounded better together than either ever sounded apart)

  • AddictedToMars

    My favorite studio recording this season were Lauren’s If I Die Young, Casey’s With A Little Help From My Friends, Scotty’s Gone, Pia’s All In Love Is Fair, James’s Closer To The Edge and Paul’s Folsom Prison Blues are my favorite recordings of the season. Only these contestants would be on my mixtape, the others wouldn’t be on my mixtape.

  • SpenserJ

    Haley-Casey Moanin’ (one of my top 10 idol moments ever)
    Haley-Lauren Gunpowder & Lead (finally showed the promise of Lauren)

    Those are 2 of my favorite performances this season. Loved them both.

    I like all of Haley’s recordings, but my absolute favorite is Blue.

    I’m with Kirsten on her picks for Casey, Pia, Naima & Paul. Thia, Jacob & Stefano wouldn’t be allowed on my mix tape.

    Lauren would be a tie for me: Trouble or Where you Lead. Can’t decide.

    I don’t typically listen to the music Scotty sings, but I’d go with Gone. That was a really fun performance, and much different than most of his others.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    My wish would be that they would go back and record the duets and a few of the songs that they will do on tour and release it as a concert CD at the shows, but in this case keeping it to a lean 12-16 track disc (i.e., not loading songs from the top 2). I’d by that from the concert. It would also probably keep Karen and Ashthon off the disc, which isn’t bad IMO (even though I did like Karen).

  • rayni

    13. Ashton Jones – I’ll substitute Rolling in the Deep by Haley.

    12. Karen Rodriguez – I’ll substitute Bennie and the Jets by Haley.

    11/10. Naima Adedapo – I’ll substitue Blue by Haley.

    11/10 Thia Megia – I’ll substitute You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me by Haley

    9. Pia Toscano – I’ll substitute House of the Rising Sun by Haley.

    8. Paul MacDonald – Folsom Prison Blues – I loved it! Paul can stay on my compilation album.

    7. Stefano Langone – Tiny Dancer – ‘Cause he was one and I loved him singing this. He can stay on my compilation album too.

    6. Casey Abrams – With a Little Help from My Friends – Top 13 – He just eats this song. Kills it. Awesome. What Kristen said- Casey’s on the album.

    5. Jacob Lusk – God Bless the Child – I know it’s Hollywood but it’s my compilation album and I want this one.

    4. James Durbin – I’ll substitute House of the Rising Sun by Haley cause she so killed this song I need it twice on my album.

    3. Haley Reinhart – You and I – This was the first time I had heard this song and I loved loved loved it. Gaga’s version paled in comparision to me.

    1/2 Lauren Alaina – I’ll substitute I’m Your Baby Tonight by Haley. I loved Lauren’s voice and if she coulda killed just one she mighta made it onto my album. :(

    1/2 Scotty McCreery – I’ll substitute Beautiful by Haley ’cause Scotty ain’t gonna be on my album.

    Bonus Cut: Rhiannon by Haley. There I’m done.

    This was fun. And most of the songs I bought this season.

  • Hazehel

    Late in Season 5, they started selling MP3s/videos of the Idol performances from their own site. It wasn’t well reported, but it must have been successful enough.

    I doubt selling mp3 and videos from their own site had been successful. They tried it again in Season 6 and the numbers sold were pretty paltry (I think they released the numbers for songs sold during that season.)

    This year’s recordings are pretty dire. The best singers this year sounded worse on their recordings than some of the worst singer of last few seasons. I’m pretty sure Rickey Minor worked some magic in the recordings because many of those Idol recordings done in such a short timespan do sound better than many done in the Idol’s debut album.

    Anyway, if I have to make a compilation of the studio tracks for this season, this would be the list –

    Naima Adedapo – Umbrella (she showed she has very good recording voice here.)

    Stefano Langone – When a Man Loves a Woman (i like him the most this season, but Stefano doesn’t sound good recorded because he has this weird way of enunciating words in many of his recordings. This is I think his best and most listenable.)

    Haley Reinhart – Rolling in the Hay (don’t like her, but this is actually a pretty decent recording.)

    Casey Abrams – Hi-De-Ho (Casey can’t be a recording artist if he keeps doing his strange vocal affectations in his recording, but this is half-enjoyable)

    James Durbin – Uprising (pity he didn’t try to do it one-octave higher the way he did in live.)

    Paul Mcdonald – Rocket Man (Paul just sounds weak in his recordings, but he made the best use of the unique tone of his voice here. A touch too fast though.)

    Pia Toscano – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (not a fan of her voice, but this would be the one to choose if I’m forced to choose one of hers.)

    Ashthon Jones – When You Tell Me That You Love Me (I actually prefer the voice of Ashthon to Pia)

    Lauren Alaina – Trouble (bits of it hint at the star she could be.)

    Scotty McCreery – Always on My Mind (Not quite Willie Nelson, but one of the few songs of his I can listen all the way through.)

    Jacob Lusk – Love Hurts (Jacob can sound like a good recording artist if he can resist the temptation to wail hysterically.)

    Thia Megia – Colors of the Wind (Thia actually has the prettiest voice of all the girls, pity she doesn’t know how to choose songs.)

    Karen Rodriguez – I Could Fall In Love (She could have done better with better selection of songs.)

    An extra one – James Durbin – Will You Love Me Tomorrow (not the studio version, but the live version. It’s the best performance of the season.)

  • damroberts744

    1. Ashton Jones “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” By Diana Ross (Top 13)-As you said, this is the only option someone has to have a song by Ashton Jones. Sadly, its just kind of a bad Beyonce-esque track.

    2. Karen Rodriguez “I Could Fall in Love” by Selena-Karen was always kind of bland, but this song does show that she can sing really well. If you’re looking for anything different though you won’t find it in her version.

    3. Thia Megia “Smile” by Michael Jackson-If I were simply going for vocal presence I’d go for “Daniel”, but “Smile” is actually a bit different from most versions, so I say go for that.

    4. Naima Adedapo “Umbrella” by Rihanna-I never quite got Naima, but if you’re looking for something that strays from the original and something that defined Naima on the show this is it.

    5. Pia Toscano “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John-To be honest most of Pia’s itunes songs sound like demo’s of songs that would be delivered to Celine Dion, but (and I’m assuming mainly because she is singing a song typically sung by a male) this sounded better.

    6. Paul McDonald “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash-There were a lot of balladeers this season so I find it appropriate to go for an upbeat number when it introduces itself.

    7. Stefano Langone “End of the Road” by Boys II Men-Stefano can SANG and this song proved it, sadly there wasn’t much originality where the voice came from.

    8. Casey Abrams “Your Song” by Elton John-This song was just sweet (not sweet awesome, more like sweet “awe”) and Casey shows that he actually possesses some serious vocal chops.

    9. Jacob Lusk “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell-Jacob delivered some outstanding vocals, but this one was nearly flawless.

    10. James Durbin “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney-James is awesome at rocking out the stage, but he pulled it back (not drastically) for this one and I found myself really enjoying it.

    11. Haley Reinhart “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals-IMO the best performance of the season by a pretty clear mile. And the cold opening is on the recorded version too. I ALSO HAVE TO SAY THAT HALEY SOUNDED THE LEAST KARAOKE OF ALL THE CONTESTANTS THIS SEASON WHEN YOU LISTEN TO ALL OF HER TRACKS.

    12. Lauren Alaina “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John-Lauren has never really impressed me, so I’ll go with this.

    13. Scotty McCreery “You’ve Got a Friend”-Just a really nice performance, one of the few understated performances Scotty has delivered.

  • sunny2

    Rayni you crack me up!!! There are so many good Haley songs, I haven’t downloaded anything this year. I think I’ll go dowbnload a few Haley tracks while I can.

  • chrislongisland

    Jacob: God Bless the Child
    Casey: Nature Boy
    Haley: Bennie and the Jets

  • Caffiend

    I would want Naima’s “For All We Know” and Stefano’s “I Need You Now” — those two wildcard performances were among the season’s best performances.

  • dancingqueen

    I do at least 2 mix-tapes after the season. One is most of the Top 13, including the winner’s coronation song. The other is a combination of the Top 13, former idols, & guest performers, & other TV songs. Here’s my combo setlist:

    1 Keke Wyatt”,”Saturday Love Ft. Ruben Studdard
    2 Javier Colon”,”Time After Time (The Voice)
    3 Jennifer Hudson”,”Angel
    4 David Cook”,”The Last Goodbye
    5 Crystal Bowersox”,”Ridin With the Radio
    6 Steven Tyler”,”(It) Feels So Good ft. Nicole Scherzinger
    7 Casey Abrams”,”Nature Boy
    8 Charice”,”All By Myself (Glee)
    9 Elliott Yamin”,”I’ll Be That Bridge
    10 Mandisa”,”Stronger
    11 Jacob Lusk”,”Dance With My Father
    12 Fantasia”,”Collard Greens And Cornbread
    13 Hugh Laurie”,”You Don’t Know My Mind (House)
    14 Haley Reinhart”,”House of the Rising Sun
    15 Adam Lambert”,”Whataya Want From Me-Acoustic
    16 Pia Toscano”,”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    17 Kevin McHale”,”Never Going Back Again (Glee)
    18 Jennifer Lopez”,”I’m Into You Ft. Lil Wayne
    19 James Durbin”,”Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    20 Jordin Sparks”,”I Am Woman
    21 Jason Aldean”,”Don t You Wanna Stay ft Kelly Clarkson
    22 Matthew Morrison”,”Still Got Tonight (Glee) (co-written by Kris Allen)

    There were definitely songs we didn’t get recordings of, I wish I had: the two Caffiend mentioned and Jacob’s God Bless the Child – I’m sure I’ll think of more later.

  • kcostell

    The trouble with Scotty’s storyteller performances is that the producers have a tendency to meddle and make them far worse than if they had just left alone.

    “You’ve Got a Friend” was the worst, but it struck other songs like “For Once in My Life”, and wasn’t just limited to Scotty (Haley’s “I (Who Have Nothing)”, for example.)

  • Ringo

    I created a list of the studio recordings of Haley on YouTube and found, surprisingly, that I really, really, really enjoy Piece of My Heart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglM0G4k0X0 and You Really Got A Hold of Me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsovUGTDxPA&playnext=1&list=PLEC4DC3B3B127E9CF
    Exquisite voice and phrasing.

  • Susan

    There is no studio recording of the top 24 songs, right?

    I can’t vote for “I’ll Be There for You” since I went to the Bon Jovi concert last night lol. I am most obsessed with playing “Living for the City” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” repeatedly.

  • oqwerd

    13. Ashton Jones – When You Tell Me That You Love Me. This is actually a very pretty recording!
    12. Karen Rodriguez – Love Will Lead You Back. Actually I’m kind of indifferent.
    11/10. Naima Adedapo – Dancing in the Street because it’s my jam. Or maybe I’m Still Standing because it’s so feel good. I wish Naima had gotten the chance to record more because her studios are so entertaining!
    11/10. Thia Megia – Daniel…or Smile…or Colors of the Wind (because I love Disney). She was quite underrated! What a tender voice and beautiful tone.
    9. Pia Toscano – All in Love Is Fair. It’s just beautiful. But I also enjoy River Deep Mountain High. Only Pia could pull that off so powerfully.
    8. Paul McDonald – I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues. Gosh his tone is so consistently wonderful. I love to hear his voice on the chorus of this song.
    7. Stefano Langone – If You Don’t Know Me By Now. I love the beat and it’s pretty soulful.
    6. Casey Abrams – Tie between Your Song and With a Little Help from My Friends. I absolutely adore the music at the beginning of WALHFMF. And Your Song is so tender and pretty. I like Nature Boy too!
    5. Jacob Lusk – You’re All I Need to Get By, only because it was my favorite live performance of his. And call me crazy too but I also love I’m Into Something Good. I just love the melody of that song hahaha.
    4. James Durbin – Maybe I’m Amazed, hands down. I’m not even a James fan… but I remember replaying this 1293081203 times when I first downloaded it. It just sounds so pure and magical.
    3. Haley Reinhart – Tie between Rolling in the Deep (her tone is divine)/Bennie and the Jets (my jam)/ What Is and What Should Never Be (the song itself is just undeniably awesome. Love how Haley can sound so tender at one moment and then rock out in another moment)/Earth Song (beautiful)/Piece of My Heart (also my jam)/You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (so soulful)/House of the Rising Sun (acapella beginning is stunning.. such raw emotion and a brilliant vocal)… but honestly, Haley just has too many amazing recordings for me to choose just one.
    2/1. Lauren Alaina – Born to Fly. I hated this live, but the studio is fun and cute. Or Candle in the Wind. IDK she has a very lovely tone on all of her songs when I listen back. Or even Where You Lead – her tone sounds extra pretty here.
    2/1. Scotty McCreery – Honestly I have no idea. Half of them sound the same to me. Uh… Where Were You? His vocals sound very clear on this track. Good tone. Actually the highest played song of his is For Once In My Life hahaha… I guess I just like that song then.

  • ReginaFilange

    The only track I’ve played over and over is Bennie and the Jets. So good, and so comfortably far from the original.

  • Willis

    I actually agree with all of MJ’s pics. I might switch James to Closer to the Edge. If I can add a duet it would be Casey and Haley on I Feel the Earth Move. It’s such a groovy track. Love it!

    I already made a mix tape of Haley’s tracks and I think I got a good order but completely forgot to include the Casey duet :( Call Me is a great recording for me. Same with Piece of my Heart…and all the rest. I did enjoy Casey and Jacob more once I heard them recorded.

  • sue

    Great picks Kirsten! I would leave a couple out since they didn’t do much for me. A Casey/Haley mix-tape would be ideal, lol, I loved ALL of their recordings so I am bias of course. :) I haven’t listened to all of the other contestants, but I have listened to a lot of them. But in all seriousness the best recordings this season came from Haley, Casey, James, Pia, Paul and some from Scotty and even Lauren, lol. The rest had some hit and misses, mainly misses. :)

    1. Haley-“What is and What Should Never Be” or “Rolling in the Deep” or “You and I” or “HOTRS” or “Bennie and the Jets” (all of them are fabulous)

    2. Casey- “Your Song” or a full version of “Georgia on My Mind” that he did in Hollywood. (“Nature Boy”, “A Little Help From My Friends”, “Harder to Breathe”, or “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”) lolz I just need a mega-mixtape. :)

    3. James – “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” or “Uprising” or “Maybe I’m Amazed” (James has a lot of good ones.)

    4. Pia- “All in Love is Fair”, “All By Myself” (That’s my Bridget Jones Diary song, lol. ) or “Where Do Broken Hearts Goes”

    5. Paul- “Rocket Man”, “Folsom Prison Blues” or “Come Pick Me Up”

    6. Naima- “Umbrella”

    7. Scotty- “Gone”, “The River”, or “You’ve Got a Friend”

    8. Lauren- “Candle in the Wind” or “Anyway” or “If I Die Young”

    9. Stefano- “Lately” or “Closer”

    10. I guess I will go with Kirsten with Jacob, Ashthon, Thia, and Karen who I really don’t love any of their recordings.(Thia’s “Daniel” isn’t too bad.)

    I guess I would just repeat the ones I love the most from Haley and Casey. :)

  • edbert_john

    My favorite picks are:
    1. Ashthon – “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” (no choice!)
    2. Casey – “Nature Boy”
    3. Haley – “House of the Rising Sun”
    4. Jacob – “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”
    5. James – “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
    6. Karen – “Love Will Lead You Back”
    7. Lauren – “Candle In The Wind”
    8. Naima – “I’m Still Standing”
    9. Paul – “The Tracks of My Tears”
    10. Pia – “All In Love Is Fair”
    11. Scotty – “For Once In My Life”
    12. Stefano – “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
    13. Thia – “Daniel”