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‘American Idol’ Rules All Other Singing Competition Shows When it Comes to the Music Charts

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When “American Idol” premiered on TV on June 11, 2002, it was far from a hit.  Music critics didn’t give the show much credibility and radio did not go out of its way to play songs by the finalists.

The first season found a girl from Texas with a sense of humor and a curly-headed boy with a huge smile in the final two.  That girl, Kelly Clarkson, now dominates the list of American Idol contestants with the most #1 hits.

As of Monday, July 22, according to www.americanidol.com, Idol contestants have scored 395 Number one hits!  This includes all national and domestic charts compiled by the Billboard Information Group.

Here’s the list:

Kelly Clarkson 85

Carrie Underwood 68

Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 39

Fantasia 33

Ruben Studdard 16

Jennifer Hudson 15

Mandisa 17

Clay Aiken 12

Phillip Phillips 15

Adam Lambert 10

Scotty McCreery 10

David Cook 8

Kimberley Locke 8

Josh Gracin 7

Jordin Sparks 7

Colton Dixon 6

Kris Allen 4

David Archuleta 4

Kellie Pickler 4

Elliott Yamin 4

Taylor Hicks 3

American Idol Finalists 2

Bo Bice 2

Jason Castro 2

Bucky Covington 2

Blake Lewis 2

Chris Sligh 2

Casey Abrams 1

Paris Bennett 1

Diana DeGarmo 1

Lee DeWyze 1

Tamyra Gray 1

Casey James 1

Jessica Sanchez 1

William Hung 1

 

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