American Idol 2015: What Should The Top 11 Sing?


It’s American Idol 2015 Top 11 week all over again, except there’s a new theme (thankfully!) and only nine of the Top 11 will actually perform their songs from the 1980s. But here we are again, making song suggestions for all 11 because this is the new way of life for American Idol.

Update: We have the American Idol spoilers here for this week’s song list.

So here are some fun ideas… I don’t expect any to actually take my suggestions, but it’s fun to at least share what I’d like to hear from them.

Jax, “Sweet Child O Mine” By Guns N Roses (but in the style of Taken By Trees). This could be such a huge, huge moment for Jax. This Taken By Trees version of this song would be so perfect for her. I’ve been suggesting this version for the past several years and I won’t stop until someone sings it! If you’ve never heard it, here, check it out:

Joey Cook, “Karma Camelon” by The Culture Club. This is a quirky song, so I think it would be right up her alley. She could even break out the squeeze box again. I almost picked “Call Me” by Blondie for her, but that’s too singy for her I think. She could also do the version of Sweet Child O Mine I picked for Jax, but I don’t want to hear Joey sing that.

Nick Fradiani, “With Or Without You” by U2. I mean, duh. This would be the perfect song for Nick. If not Nick, then Clark.

Tyanna Jones, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston (or “Purple Rain” by Prince — I’m going to say this overtime it fits in a category). I won’t rest until she does Purple Rain, but I could also really see her really owning this Whitney Houston hit.

Qaasim Middleton, “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. We know he has to do something upbeat and showy. America doesn’t respond well to him doing anything else. I think Beat It would be perfect for him and his stage presence.

Maddie Walker,Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days)” by The Judds. I don’t know if she’ll stick to the country genre this week or not, but I think a song by The Judds would be a fantastic idea for Maddie.  

Clark Beckham, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell. I struggled with Clark’s song choice, but landed on this because I think he could really update this song and make it his own. He can sing anything, so if anyone could pull off a song like this, it’s Clark.

Adanna Duru, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner. I’m just really getting a Tina Turner vibe for Adana. I don’t think she’s cool enough to even really know or care about Tina Turner, but I hope someone points her in that direction.

Daniel Seavey, “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. I just don’t know what to expect out of this kid. I mean I know he’s gonna be Daniel and cute, but his vocals are gonna also be eh. So why not just go with a fun song that will probably make my ears bleed?

Quentin Alexander, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. I think Quentin could really rock this song. That is if he’s still around to perform. I have a feeling he could be leaving, but if not, I’d like him to sing Queen.

Rayvon Owen, “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran. This is a weird pick for Rayvon, if I say so myself, but for some reason I could see it really working. I think it has the right energy and feel for him and I can imagine him working that magic smile to this song.

What would you like to hear the American Idol Top 11 sing for 80s night?






  1. The PTB (the producers) will more than likely narrow the list of song selections down to the same old, same old: Against All Odds, Whitney ballads, etc.

    • Agreed. After all these years, Idol still suffers from a limited clearance list, leaving it sounding old and repetitive.

  2. not bad choices but I don’t think ANYONE should touch ANYTHING by queen in light of all the recent concerts with adam as frontman. and how many people are going to mute the sound when Daniel performs?? hate to say it but he needs at least ten years of seasoning, if any.

  3. I’d like to hear Rayvon or Nick sing–“Don’t Dream it’s Over” by Crowded House

  4. The songs are already on Itunes … Joey – Girl just wanna have fun

    nick – man in the mirror

    jax – you give love a bad name

    etc 😉 go see on itunes

  5. I do wonder what happened with Tyanna. Maybe putting those giant clunky heels on a 16 year old & telling her to hold back her vibrato wasn’t such a good idea. If she goes home this week with no save left I won’t ever watch the show again. She’s in a whole different league than everyone else but SOMEthing was wrong last week, we just don’t know what. I think she’s been the most consistent up until last week & that can’t be overlooked. Tyanna & Rayvon, best voices in the competition.

  6. All of the songs for tonight are already for sale on iTunes.

    Daniel – You Make My Dreams Come True
    Maddie – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
    Clark – Every Breath You Take
    Nick – Man in the Middle
    Qaasim – Addicted to Love
    Quentin – In the Air Tonight
    Joey – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
    Rayvon – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
    Adanna – I Hate Myself for Loving You
    Tyanna – I Wanna Dance with Somebody
    Jax – You Give Love a Bad Name

  7. Rayvon Owen – Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
    Adanna Duru – I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett
    Maddie Walker – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn by Poison
    Daniel Seavey – You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oats
    Tyanna Jones – I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
    Jax – You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
    Clark Beckham – Every Breath You Take by The Police
    Nick Fradiani – Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
    Joey Cook – Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    Qaasim Middleton – Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer
    Quentin Alexander – In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins

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