Top 10 Best American Idol Performances of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best American Idol Performances of All Time till 2017. In 2002, tv watchers lives changed forever. The national sensation, American Idol, played on televisions across the country. This popular show brought families together in a changing world. Every week, they would congregate together to hear amateur singers try to break into the music business. We watched the try outs and auditions, we watched amazing, breath taking performances and some not so great. We laughed, we cried, and we voted. With over a decade of American Idol behind us, we all have our favorite performances. Below, read about the Top 10 Best American Idol Performances of All Time till 2017.

List of Top 10 Best American Idol Performances of All Time till 2017

10. Season 3 – Fantasia Barrino – Summertime

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After this performance, and for many more years to come, when you hear the name Fantasia Barrino, you will think of her performance of the song Summertime. This was one of the greatest and most memorable American Idol performances of all-time. Fantasia wanted people everywhere to see who she was and with this performance, we did. She wore no jewelry and there was no flare. We watched a flawless and stunning performance that would not have been impressive If not for her amazing voice.

9. Season 11 – Joshua Ledet – It’s Man’s, Man’s World


Joshua Ledet looked like a star as he entered the stage and sang a dramatic rendition of It’s A Man’s, Man’s World. This was his greatest performance on American Idol, one of the greatest of all time, and showed a side of Joshua Ledet that we had not seen before that night. He killed this song with his incredible performance.

8. Season 2 – Clay Aiken – Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Clay Aiken did not win season 2 of American Idol, though most of us fans thought he should have. His performance of the song Bridge Over Troubled Water is a clear indication of this. Clay Aiken has an amazing depth to his voice that really stands out in his rendition of this song. The performance was entertaining to watch, with a church choir singing and bouncing behind him as they sang backup. Since his American Idol performance, Clay Aiken has went on to lead eleven tours, has been a frequent late night talk show guest, and acted in a few shows.

7. Season 12 – Candice Glover – Love Song

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Candice Glover’s most amazing and memorable performance on American Idol was the song Love Song. At the time, judge Randy Jackson claimed this was one of the greatest performances in American Idol history. The use of almost complete darkness with red lighting helped to intensify her performance. Candice Glover was brought to tears at the end of song when she received a rare standing ovation from the entire audience, all of the judges, and mot likely most of us sitting at home watching. She went on to win season 12 of American Idol and it is this sensational performance that was the most memorable.

6. David Archuleta – Imagine

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If there is one David Archuleta performance anyone remembers, it is his mature, articulate, and tender Imagine rendition. At the young age of sixteen, David Archuleta was a spectacle to watch. This was by far his greatest American Idol performance. Although he may not have reached as high a level of success as other American Idol performers, we will never forget his sensational performances, especially that of Imagine.

5. Haley Reinhart – Bennie and the Jets


Haley Reinhart had several memorable performances on American Idol. The one that stands out the most is her iconic Bennie and the Jets performance. She made this performance seem effortless and easy. I don’t know about you, but this performance gave me goose bumps. Following her outstanding American Idol performance, even though she placed third, Haley Reinhart has led a lucrative singing and acting career. This is one among the Top 10 Best American Idol Performances of All Time till 2017.

4. Season 8 – Adam Lambert – Mad World

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Adam Lambert’s best performance on American Idol was his incredible Mad World performance. This was Adam Lambert’s greatest performance on American Idol and one of the best all time American Idol performances. It was this performance that really showed us the raw, natural talent Adan Lambert possesses. The studio version of this song made it to the top twenty of Billboard Hot 100, the lighting was on point, and the performance was iconic. He even received the nearly impossible – a standing ovation not only from the audience, but from the judges themselves. He has led an impressive singing career since his American Idol days.

3. Season 4 – Carrie Underwood – Independence Day

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Carrie Underwood is the most successful singer that came out of the American Idol series. She became the season four winner of American Idol, then moved on to become a country music sensation. She is a seven-time Grammy winner and is the only country artist ever to have all five of her first albums reach number one or two on the Billboard 200. Before all of the fame, we came to know her on American Idol. We were Carrie’s Care Bears and could not wait to hear her perform week after week. Her authentic rendition of Independence Day was beautiful and amazing. She had “IT” according to the judges, and she wowed and amazed us with this performance; her personal best on the show. In fact, she repeated this powerful performance on the finale

2. Season 1 – Kelly Clarkson – Natural Woman


Kelly Clarkson stunned the world with her amazing performance of Natural Woman on American Idol. She went on to become the first American Idol winner; a pioneer that paved the way for many more winners. She also rose to stardom, becoming a famous singer. However, American Idol fans everywhere will always remember the first performance that wowed us and made us fall in love with her. Not only was Kelly Clarkson’s Natural Woman performance her best and most memorable performance on American Idol, it is one of the best American Idol perfomances of all time.

1. Season 3 – Jennifer Hudson – Circle of Life


Jennifer Hudson’s Circle of Life performance on American Idol came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. Even Elton John was highly impressed with her performance. She delivered a powerful performance that earned her the most votes that week, and praises from all judges, including the ever critical and skeptical Simon Cowell. Jennifer Hudson went on to become one of, if not THE most successful non-first place winner of American Idol with her singing and acting careers.

These are the Top 10 Best American Idol Performances of All Time till 2017. Many of our favorite performers have come from the hit television show American Idol. To narrow down the list of best performance to only ten proved to be a difficult task. The above ten are the absolute best American Idol performances of all time. Some have risen to stardom and fame, others not so much. Either way, sitting in our living rooms watching performance after performance, we grew to know and idolize these fantastic performers.