Harry Connick, Jr.: The New American Idol Judge’s Best Albums
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Harry Connick, Jr.: The New American Idol Judge’s Best Albums

We can't wait for Season 13 of American Idol to premiere — especially because Harry Connick, Jr. is settling in to the judge's chair for the 2014 edition of the show. In celebration of Harry's new gig, let's go over our favorite of his dozens of albums.

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
What better backdrop for Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal's on-screen love story than a compilation of standards as performed by the other Harry? It was so good, in fact, that the album won the young twentysomething his Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance.

Blue Light, Red Light (1991)
Two years later, Harry wooed listeners all over again with Blue Light, Red Light — and romantic tracks like "If I Could Give You More," "She Belongs to Me," and "Just Kiss Me."

Songs I Heard (2001)
For this innovative album, Harry arranged, orchestrated, and conducted big band versions of familiar songs from Annie, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and The Wizard of Oz. Our favorite? Maybe "Oompa Loompa."

Only You (2004)
Three years later, Harry was up to his cover shenanigans again, this time giving new life to songs that other artists had covered in the '50s. How meta!

Your Songs (2009)
For this impressive release, Harry collaborated with mighty talent, including jazz brothers Wynton and Branford Marsalis — and even France's first lady at the time, Carla Bruni.

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

01.14.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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