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The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

List Criteria: Only American Idol contestants should be on this list

Who are the best 'American Idol' contestants ever? As the FOX reality singing competition show continues on after a dozen seasons, the list of great Idol contestants continues to grow. 'AI' is a force to be reckoned with, and it's certainly among the best reality TV shows in recent memory. Which artist do you believe is the best AI alum of all time? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you just can't stand (yes, Sanjaya is on the list so have at it) and, if your personal favorite isn't listed, add that contestant, please.

Here's the thing about 'American Idol': Most of the winners are genuinely outstanding singers and have gone on to enjoy great success in the music world. It's hard to argue that Kelly Clarkson, the very first 'AI' winner from season one, isn't a phenomenal talent and a force in the music industry. She's definitely one of the best female vocalists around.The same goes for country songbird Carrie Underwood, who won 'Idol' in the show's fourth season. She went on to become one of the most celebrated female vocalists of the past 10 years. And Phillip Phillips, the singer-songwriter who took the 'American Idol' crown in 2012, is enjoying a great deal of success with his debut album, 'The World from the Side of the Moon.'

One thing about this list of favorite 'American Idol' contestants: Many of the best artists didn't actually win on the show. Some were runners up, while others finished in the top five before getting booted off. 'Idol' runners up who went on to become major stars include Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert, David Archuleta and Clay Aiken are all good examples. Oh, and guess what? Top five finishers who went on to great success would certainly include rocker Chris Daughtry, country singer Kelly Pickler and certainly Jennifer Hudson. J-Hud finished *seventh* on 'Idol' in season three, and went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in the movie 'Dreamgirls.'

Enjoy this list of 'American Idol' contestants, don't forget to vote. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want. While you're at it, why not cast your vote for the person you believe would be the next great 'American Idol' judge, too?
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    most listed
    Carrie Underwood

    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music More
    98
  2. 2
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge More
    90
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    88
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    79
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    77
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    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues More
    75
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    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music More
    74
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    Rock music, Folk music, Indie rock More
    68
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    Country pop, Pop music, Country More
    68
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Folk rock More
    59
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    David Archuleta

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Teen pop More
    53
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    Jordin Sparks

    Christian music, Pop music, Teen pop More
    52
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    Pop music, Rock music, Gothic metal More
    51
    added by: First L
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    Indie pop, Christian music, Pop music More
    49
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    Kimberley Locke

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Electronic dance music More
    47
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    45
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    45
    added by: newdinfl
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    Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    43
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    Jessica Sanchez

    43
    added by: JohnHernandez
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    Pop music More
    38
    added by: newdinfl
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    Christian music, Country rock, Pop rock More
    37
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    James Durbin

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal More
    32
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    Rock music More
    32
    added by: KrisAbosamra
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    Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music More
    23
    added by: newdinfl
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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    22
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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    22
    added by: newdinfl
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    Pop music More
    17
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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    16
    added by: delicio
    Pop, Jazz
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