American Idol has churned out a number of country stars, none more well-known that Carrie Underwood — in addition to pop star Kelly Clarkson, who has dabbled in country music in recent months. As American Idol Season 12 moves into the first live shows, Billboard has released its ranking of the Top 100 songs by Idols based on their chart performance on the Hot 100.
Kelly’s “Since U Been Gone” comes in at No. 1 while her GRAMMY-winning hit “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” follows it at No. 2. Kelly has 18 songs in the Top 100, including four in the Top 5 alone. Meanwhile, Carrie charted 20 songs in the Top 100, more than any other Idol. Her song “Before He Cheats” is her highest charting song in the Top 100, coming in at No. 9.
Fans of the show may remember Simon Cowell’s reaction to Carrie’s performance of Heart’s “Alone” during the Top 11 of season four. When it was Simon’s turn to critique her, he said “Not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any other previous Idol winner.” He was right. Carrie is the bestselling Idol in the United States while Kelly Clarkson is the bestselling internationally.
Other country artists charting songs on the Billboard Top 100 Songs By Idols include Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Bucky Covington, Bo Bice, Josh Gracin and Lauren Alaina. To view the full list as well as read the stories behind each song, click here.
American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX. Check local listings for airtimes. Country superstar Keith Urban has joined the show this season as a judge alongside Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and veteran Randy Jackson.