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What do you get from having a show on for 12 seasons? Recognition by Billboard, that’s what! American Idol’s slogan for season 12 is “others dream, Idol delivers.” Despite the show’s steady decline in the ratings, there’s no denying it’s turned out a ton of hitmakers, especially in comparison to other shows of the same genre. Below is Billboard’s list of the Top 100 songs from Idol alums from the Hot 100, broken down by season by Billboard’s John Kubicek:

SEASON 1
Winner Kelly Clarkson: 18 songs

SEASON 2
Winner Ruben Studdard: 2 songs
Runner-Up Clay Aiken: 3 songs
Third Place Kimberley Locke: 1 song
Fourth Place Josh Gracin: 3 songs
Top 12 Group Number: 1 song

SEASON 3
Winner Fantasia: 6 songs
Runner-Up Diana DeGarmo: 1 song
Seventh Place Jennifer Hudson: 3 songs

SEASON 4
Winner Carrie Underwood: 20 songs
Runner-Up Bo Bice: 2 songs
13th Place Mario Vazquez: 1 song
Top 10 Group Number: 1 song

SEASON 5
Winner Taylor Hicks: 1 song
Runner-Up Katharine McPhee: 2 songs
Third Place Elliott Yamin: 1 song
Fourth Place Daughtry: 9 songs
Sixth Place Kellie Pickler: 2 songs
Eighth Place Bucky Covington: 1 song

SEASON 6
Winner Jordin Sparks: 5 songs
Runner-Up Blake Lewis: 1 song

SEASON 7
Winner David Cook: 5 songs
Runner-Up David Archuleta: 1 song

SEASON 8
Winner Kris Allen: 3 songs
Runner-Up Adam Lambert: 3 songs

SEASON 9
None

SEASON 10
Winner Scotty McCreery: 2 songs
Runner-Up Lauren Alaina: 1 song

SEASON 11
Winner Phillip Phillips: 1 song

John calls Carrie and Kelly the “undisputed queens of American Idol” and, after seeing this list, we’d have to agree. And, while Carrie technically has more songs on the list at 20, he still calls Kelly the overall winner. The original Idol not only has the number one Billboard song from any alum (“Since U Been Gone”), but she also has the second best (“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” along with six of the top eight songs overall and half of the Top 20. Phew.

One glaring omission? Season 9! Lee DeWyze’s year as winner and Simon Cowell’s last year has yet to produce a chart-topper. Awww -- we love Lee! Interestingly enough, season 5 had the most representation on the list, despite the fact that Taylor’s popularity has mostly waned.

As for the person who made the list but had the worst finish on the show? That’s season 5’s Bucky Covington. He finished in eighth place. Then again, Jennifer Hudson finished in seventh on season 3, and look what she’s done with her career!

What surprised you most after looking at this list?


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