1. Audition - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Queen Version - Purchase/Download
Released by the rock band Queen in late 1975, "Bohemian Rhapsody," a mini-opera in song, topped the UK pop singles chart for nine weeks and has become one of the best loved pop hits of all time. It is the third best selling single of all time in the UK. In the US it went to #9 on its initial release, but climbed all the way to #2 in 1992 upon re-release with its inclusion in the Wayne's World movie.
2. Hollywood Week First Solo - "What's Up"
4 Non Blondes Version - Purchase/Download
"What's Up?" introduced the world to the group 4 Non Blondes in 1993. However, the group never managed to come up with a successful follow up hit. The group's vocalist Linda Perry has gone on to success as one of the top songwriters and producers in the music industry.
3. Hollywood Week Group Performance - "Some Kind of Wonderful"
Grand Funk Version - Purchase/Download
"Some Kind of Wonderful" first reached the charts in 1967 in a version by Soul Brothers Six. However, it only made it to #91. Eight years later the rock band Grand Funk took their interpretation all the way to #3. It was the band's third top 10 hit. "Some Kind of Wonderful" headed to the adult contemporary top 10 in a version by Huey Lewis and the News released in 1994.
4. Hollywood Week Second Solo - "Believe"
Cher Version - Purchase/Download
Released in 1998, "Believe" revitalized Cher's career and became her biggest solo hit of all time. Heading directly to the top of the charts it was her first top 10 hit in eight years and her first #1 since "Dark Lady" in 1974. "Believe" is also credited with introducing pop audiences to auto-tune.
5. Top 36 Semi-Final - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
Rolling Stones Version - Purchase/Download
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is the song that turned the Rolling Stones into superstars. They had two top 10 hits in the US before its release in 1965, but this song was their first #1. It has gone down in history as one of the Top 40 Pop Songs of All Time.
6. Top 13 - "Black Or White"
Michael Jackson Version - Purchase/Download
After the two landmark albums Thriller and Bad, critics and fans alike wondered if Michael Jackson could keep momentum going in a new weekend. "Black or White," the first single from Dangerous, released in 1991, went straight to the top of the charts and ended all doubts.
7. Top 11 - "Ring of Fire"
Johnny Cash Version - Purchase/Download
"Ring of Fire" was co-written by Johnny Cash's wife June Carter and is considered to be autobiographical. Johnny Cash recorded it with mariachi horns added in and it went to the top of the country charts where it stayed for seven weeks.
8. Top 10 - "The Tracks Of My Tears"
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Version - Purchase/Download
Although it was a comparatively minor hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles only reaching #16 on the chart in 1965, "The Tracks of My Tears" is considered to be one of their all time classics. The lyrical description of a man hiding the pain of a breakup behind a smiling face is one of the most celebrated in pop history. Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Rivers both recorded successful cover versions.
9. Top 9 - "Play That Funky Music"
Wild Cherry Version - Purchase/Download
"Play That Funky Music" was an autobiographical song about the experiences of the band Wild Cherry. The sound of the song was reportedly inspired by the Ohio Players hit "Fire." "Play That Funky Music" went to the top of the US pop singles chart in 1976. Unfortunately Wild Cherry failed to reach the top 40 ever again.
10. Top 8 - "Mad World"
Tears for Fears Version - Purchase/Download
"Mad World," originally released in 1982, was the first significant chart hit by Tears for Fears. It went to #3 in the UK. In 2001 the song reached #1 in the UK and was a modern rock hit in the US in a version recorded for the film Donnie Darko by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules.