So, at lunch yesterday I had an interesting conversation with my good friend and co-worker Renee about American Idol. She told me that no matter how much she really loves a contestant on American Idol, she never buys their CDs after the show is over.
“Really?!” I said. “I have almost every one of the winner’s CDs…sometimes even more than just the freshman albums and many that didn’t win but I loved them anyway.” And that made me do a little iTunes digging to find out exactly how many Idol albums/songs I own. Let us count.
From Season 1:
1. Kelly Clarkson: “Thankful”, “Breakaway”, “My December”, and selected tracks from “Stronger”. What can I say? She kind of freaked me out with the “My December” album. She was just so…angry. And scary.
From Season 2:
2. Clay Aiken – “Merry Christmas With Love” (Don’t judge. I love Christmas!)
From Season 3:
Selected tracks from Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo, and Jennifer Hudson (okay, the Jennifer Hudson song is from the Dream Girls soundtrack. It was A-MAH-ZING.)
From Season 4:
3. Carrie Underwood: “Some Hearts”, “Play On”, “Carnival Ride”
From Season 5:
4. Chris Daughtry – “Daughtry” and “Leave This Town”
5. Katharine McPhee – “Katharine McPhee” and “Unbroken”. Plus the super cute duet she did with Zacharay Levi. I heart Chuck.
6. Elliot Yamin – “Elliot Yamin” (and apparently he’s coming out with a new CD on April 10th! Yay!)
7. Mandisa – “It’s Christmas”
8. Blake Lewis – “Audio Day Dream”…but I must have played this song a gazillion times during his season. Say what you will about Blake, but he changed the face of American Idol with his unique music arrangements. C’mon, all you have to do is watch this performance to be convinced of that.
9. Jordin Sparks – “Jordin Sparks” and also the track “Battlefield“. It’s an ANTHEM! 🙂
10. Selected tracks from Chris Richardson, but I’m going to count this one as an album because he never (to my knowledge) made one and I’m pretty sure I downloaded every song he sang during this season.
From Season 7:
Selected tracks from Brooke White and Syesha Mercado.
11. David Cook – “David Cook”
12. David Archuleta – “David Archuleta”
(These guys really know how to name an album…which come to think of it is kind of common in the Idol-sphere.)
From Season 8:
Selected tracks from Adam Lambert and one lonely song from Mishavonna Henson. You probably don’t remember her, she was voted out during the Top 36 round. But I downloaded this.
13. Allison Iraheta – “Just Like You”.
14. Danny Gokey (hate to say it but this was the worst decision in the bunch…) – “My Best Days”
15. And the best winner ever, Kris Allen – “Kris Allen” and I’ve pre-ordered his new CD and downloaded the single “Vision of Love”. SQUEEEE! Remember when he did THIS? He’s so brilliant.
From Season 9:
Selected tracks from Lee DeWyse. What can I say? This was a dark, dark season.
From Season 10:
- Casey Abrams…cannot WAIT for his album
- Haley Reinhart…loving the “Free” single!
- James Durbin…love him, but can’t bring myself to buy his CD.
- Lauren Alaina…just one song, really.
- Scotty McCreery…what can I say? I loved his version of “Gone”.
- Paul McDonald…Folsom City Blues, of course.
I also have my fair share of Hillary Duff music, but that’s neither here nor there. The power of iTunes, folks…well, iTunes and apparently a lack of discernible budget. 🙂
All in all the album count is: 21 CDs (including CDs that I’ve pre-ordered). Single downloads are a little harder to measure, but my best educated guess would be upwards of 50 songs. Probably more.
Please tell me I am not the only one…what Idol CDs or downloads do YOU have?