The good folks at American Idol just announced they are releasing a compilation album to mark the show’s 10th anniversary this year. Fittingly, it’s called “American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits” and drops March 15.
Here’s the set list:
“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
“Superstar” by Ruben Studdard
“Invisible” by Clay Aiken
“When I See You” by Fantasia
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
“Takin’ It To The Streets” by Taylor Hicks
“Home” by Daughtry
“No Air” by Jordin Sparks (with Chris Brown)
“Light On” by David Cook
“Live Like We’re Dying” by Kris Allen
“Whataya Want From Me” by Adam Lambert
“Sweet Serendipity” by Lee DeWyze
A few things:
1. Taylor Hicks? Seriously. So sad (and fitting) that the producers had to use an show performance instead of a single. The less said about his post-Idol career, the better. (Okay, I’ll say one thing: He was literally on Regis & Kelly at one point looking for a date like it was an episode of The Bachelor.)
2. Where is Jennifer Hudson?
3. Rather than releasing a “Hits” album — honestly, who doesn’t own “Before He Cheats” at this point? — Idol could have used this opportunity to expose the public to some great B-sides that were never released as singles. (I’m thinking: “You Found Me” on Kelly Clarkson’s album Breakaway and “Lessons Learned” from Carrie Underwood’s album Some Hearts.) It would have certainly goosed sales of these titles.
4. Don’t you wish Jordin Sparks would re-record “No Air” to remove the Chris Brown stank? Paging Usher!
What do you think of the set list? Is it dead on? What songs would you have liked to see included?