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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Where The Hell Is David Archuleta's "Crush" On The Upcoming 'American Idol' Greatest Hits LP?

Today the official American Idol site announced that the series would be issuing its first greatest hits album, American Idol 10th Anniversary - The Hits. But the dubious tracklisting seems a bit lackluster, despite the announcement touting the "mega-hit singles" included.

The one good thing the powers that be seem to have done is slap Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" on there first. (Clearly they took a quick glance at Chart Rigger's Top 40 Singles Of The '00s list and saw that it placed at #1).

But, really—where the hell is AI Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta's "Crush," a multi-platinum #2 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 and one of the best songs to ever come out of this televised dog-and-pony act? Or Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee's "Over It," a Top 40 single with ten times more merit than Taylor Hicks' dire "Takin' It To The Streets"?

And while Jordin Sparks' "No Air" was indeed a smash, her duet partner Chris Brown was not an American Idol contestant. Wouldn't it have made more technical sense to include one of her other Top 10 singles, like "Tattoo" or "Battlefield"? Christ, just put on two Jordin Sparks songs and cut Lee DeWyze!

Oh, well. Below is the tracklist for American Idol 10th Anniversary - The Hits along with the Hot 100 chart positions of the singles included. Personally I'm just gonna hold out for Kelly Clarkson's greatest hits.

1. Kelly Clarkson - “Since U Been Gone” (#2)
2. Ruben Studdard - “Superstar” (B-side, #2)
3. Clay Aiken - “Invisible” (#37)
4. Fantasia – “When I See U” (#32)
5. Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats” (#8)
6. Taylor Hicks – “Takin’ It To The Streets” (#69)
7. Daughtry – “Home” (#5)
8. Jordin Sparks (duet with Chris Brown) – “No Air” (#3)
9. David Cook – “Light On” (#17)
10. Kris Allen – “Live Like We’re Dying” (#18)
11. Adam Lambert – “Whataya Want From Me” (#10)
12. Lee DeWyze – “Sweet Serendipity” (failed to chart on Hot 100)

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