Last week, the American Idol contestants were tasked with singing from the catalogue of a single, melodically challenging music legend. This week, things get a lot easier — or harder, depending on your point of view — since the Top 9 get to sing music by the music legends inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s 92 music groups, and 196 individual artists, ranging from Neil Diamond to Alice Cooper (and that’s just from the 2011 inductees). With so many options to pick from, it’s a good thing we here at PopWatch HQ are around to make suggestions, both for what to sing and what music traps to avoid at all costs. Check out our picks below!
DO SING: “The Thrill Is Gone,” B.B. King
DO NOT SING: “Long Tall Sally,” Little Richard
DO SING: “Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA
DO NOT SING: “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Bonnie Raitt
DO SING: “Over the Hills and Far Away,” Led Zeppelin (but slowed down to a ballad)
DO SING: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
DO NOT SING: “Invisible Touch,” Genesis
DO SING: “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination,” Gladys Knight and the Pips
DO NOT SING: “Kiss,” Prince
DO SING: “I’ve Got a Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” Eric Clapton
DO NOT SING: “This Land Is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie
DO SING: “Pink Houses,” John Mellencamp
DO NOT SING: “Carolina In My Mind,” James Taylor
DO SING: “Maybe,” Janis Joplin
DO SING: She revealed last week that she’s singing “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike & Tina Turner, and I cannot argue with that. I just hope she tackles the Tina version, and not…
DO NOT SING: The Celine Dion version.
So those are my picks. What are yours?