American Idol doesn't exactly have a reputation for being the most hip and with-it show on the air. And we get that. It's hard to stay fresh after 14 seasons - especially when contestants sing the exact same songs. Every. Single. Year.
Over the past decade and a half, contestants who have been lucky enough to make it to the live shows have celebrated with a performance of Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" eight separate times. That means if you tune in to any random season of Idol, there is more than a 60 percent chance that you will be subjected to yet another cover of this 1998 karaoke go-to. (And Fox wonders why many people prefer The Voice.)
The number of times women decide to show off their "edgy" side with a rendition of Heart's "Alone" or Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart"? Six. Each. That's the same number of times contestants have performed the frustratingly un-killable One Tree Hill theme song "I Don't Wanna Be." Gratuities from American Idol alone probably feed Gavin DeGraw for a week.
Surprisingly, the audition favorite "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain has only been performed on the live shows five times, but that's still five too many in our opinion.