Carrie Underwood American Idol 2012 performance

American Idol turned 10 yesterday and in honor of its anniversary, we thought it would be cool to share some Idol statistics.

Billboard assembled those statistics and some of the most interesting facts from the past 11 seasons include:

  • There have been 345 No. 1 songs from American Idol alumni
  • Those hits are from 29 Idol finalists and one Idol non-finalist (William Hung – seriously).
  • All 11 winners have had at least one No. 1 song on Billboard

American Idol No. 1 songs by contestant 

  • Kelly Clarkson 73
  • Carrie Underwood 62
  • Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 38
  • Fantasia 31
  • Ruben Studdard 16
  • Jennifer Hudson 15
  • Mandisa 15
  • Clay Aiken 12
  • Adam Lambert 9
  • David Cook 8
  • Kimberley Locke 8
  • Scotty McCreery 7
  • Josh Gracin 7
  • Jordin Sparks 7
  • Kris Allen 4
  • David Archuleta 4
  • Kellie Pickler 4
  • Elliott Yamin 4
  • Taylor Hicks 3
  • American Idol Finalists 2
  • Bo Bice 2
  • Jason Castro 2
  • Bucky Covington 2
  • Blake Lewis 2
  • Chris Sligh 2
  • Paris Bennett 1
  • Diana DeGarmo 1
  • Lee DeWyze 1
  • Tamyra Gray 1
  • Phillip Phillips 1
  • William Hung 1

Top 10 longest-running No. 1 songs

  • 41 weeks: “Some Hearts,” Carrie Underwood (2008) Top Country Catalog Albums
  • 35 weeks: “Inside Your Heaven,” Carrie Underwood (2005) Hot Country Singles Sales
  • 28 weeks: “Breakaway,” Kelly Clarkson (2005) Adult Contemporary Audience
  • 27 weeks: “Some Hearts,” Carrie Underwood (2005) Top Country Albums
  • 24 weeks: “Live Like We’re Dying,” Kris Allen (2010) Christian Digital Songs
  • 24 weeks: “Live Like We’re Dying,” Kris Allen (2010) Christian/Gospel Digital Songs
  • 21 weeks: “Breakaway,” Kelly Clarkson (2005) Adult Contemporary
  • 15 weeks: “The Time of My Life,” David Cook (2008) Adult Contemporary
  • 14 weeks: “Daughtry,” Daughtry (2006) Top Rock Albums
  • 14 weeks: “Daughtry,” Daughtry (2008) Top Hard Rock Albums

American Idols Who Have Charted on the Billboard Charts: 
Season one: (five)

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Justin Guarini
  • Tamyra Gray
  • RJ Helton
  • Jim Verraros

Season two: (five)

  • Ruben Studdard
  • Clay Aiken
  • Kimberley Locke
  • Josh Gracin
  • Kimberly Caldwell

Season three: (eight)

  • Fantasia
  • Diana DeGarmo
  • Jasmine Trias
  • La Toya London
  • George Huff
  • John Stevens
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Leah LaBelle

Season four: (four)

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Bo Bice
  • Constantine Maroulis
  • Mario Vazquez

Season five: (nine)

  • Taylor Hicks
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Elliott Yamin
  • Chris Daughtry
  • Paris Bennett
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Ace Young
  • Bucky Covington
  • Mandisa

Season six: (seven)

  • Jordin Sparks
  • Blake Lewis
  • Melinda Doolittle
  • LaKisha Jones
  • Chris Richardson
  • Phil Stacey
  • Chris Sligh

Season seven: (seven)

  • David Cook
  • David Archuleta
  • Jason Castro
  • Brooke White
  • Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
  • Michael Johns
  • Kristy Lee Cook

Season eight (six)

  • Kris Allen
  • Adam Lambert
  • Danny Gokey
  • Allison Iraheta
  • Matt Giraud
  • Michael Sarver

Season nine (four)

  • Lee DeWyze
  • Crystal Bowersox
  • Casey James
  • Michael Lynche

Season 10 (seven)

  • Scotty McCreery
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Haley Reinhart
  • James Durbin
  • Casey Abrams
  • Paul McDonald (The Grand Magnolias)
  • Pia Toscano

Season 11 (two so far)
Phillip Phillips
Jessica Sanchez


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