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Ruben’s Rockin’ Top Ten: Best “Idol” Covers

Ruben’s Rockin Top Ten is back for a very special One Week Only. In tribute to American Idol being in full swing, i just wanted to share my favorite Top Ten American idol covers. Hope you enjoy!

10. Andrew Garcia doing Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up”


The acoustic guitar gives us a whole new style for this song. It is a good song anyways, but the acoustic guitar makes it better. It’s definately one of my favorites of this new season.

9. Danny Gokey does Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel”

When Carrie does this song, it is one of the most powerful songs i have ever heard. But, when Danny does it, it really tells the story of the song and brings it’s intensity to a whole new level, making it even more powerful. Now, if only Carrie and Danny could do a duet…Hey! I can dream cant I?!?!

8. Kris Allen & Danny Gokey covering “Renegade” by Styx

During Rock week, both men, who were not rockers, shocked the world with this amazing Rock cover. It blew me and many other people away. This song is an impressive song to start with, but when you add Kris’s soft vocals and Danny’s raspy voice, it brings out the best of both men.

7. Adam Lambert does “Mad World” from Tears For Fear


I like this better than the original. It was a much slower, and more personal. Many people feel that he ruined it, but I’m one of few that feels he improved it.

6. Carly Smithson covering The Beatles’ “Come Together”

Carly Smithson, one of the forgotten favorites from season 7. This song added a rocky blues overtone that the Beatles incarnation didnt have, combine that with Carly’s ‘Rocker Chick’ roots made this song HOT!.

5. Michael Johns covering Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

Johns added a vocal level that Aerosmith lacked on the original. This song has a different rocky edge that was missing from the original. Unfortunately, the scream killed the song. Only Stephen Tyler can pull off that scream.

4. David Cook’s cover of “Dream Big”

Who knew that David Cook would end up making this more like his sound. His debut album sounded a bit like this. But as far as this song goes, he dreamed big and he found that dream was true. I love it.

3. David Cook “Eleanor Rigby”

David Cook took a great song, and he took it to a whole new level. The rock side of this song was brought out, giving it a whole new twist, and introduced it to a new audience, relaunching the song.

2. David Cook doing Michael Jacksons “Billie Jean”

David Cook is one of the best researchers in Idol history. He found this version of his song, and it was an amazing version. Brings this song to the highest level of music.

1. Kris Allen “Heartless”


One of the best songs on American Idol season 8. This definatelly showed us who was gonna win that season. This cover was creative, and it showed off his skills as a musician.

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Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay is an American broadcaster, media blogger, and podcast host. Currently, Ruben is the President of MultiMediaMouth.com and the executive producer and host of the popular podcasts You’re My Best Friend and ON AIR with Ruben Jay, exclusively on MultiMediaMouth.com. Follow Ruben on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok @TheRubenJay.

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  1. Like most of your list; but Heartless, eh, thought it got too much credit- was just the Fray’s version after all.

    Would have also put two Danny Gokey songs in this list, but even though JTTW was good, I would have chosen PYT and Come Rain or Come Shine.

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