idol top 4 rewind 'American Idol' Top 4 rewind: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta; Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze duets and moreZap2it has been looking back at the best performances from each stage of the “American Idol”
finals and now we’re taking a gander at the Top 4. This week on “Idol,”
the contestants get songs by Leiber and Stoller. But who are you favorites from the Top 5 phase of year’s past? Vote below.

As of this writing, you’ve voted Carrie Underwood‘s “Alone” as the best Top 11 performance, David Cook‘s “Billie Jean” as the best Top 10 performance and David Archuleta‘s “Smoky Mountain Memories” as the best Top 9 performance, Adam Lambert‘s “Mad World” as the best Top 8 performance, Archie’s “When You Believe” as the best Top 7 performance, Clay Aiken’s “I Could Not Ask for More” as the best Top 6 performance and Carry’s “God Bless the Broken Road” as the best Top 5 performance.

In looking back at the Top 4 performances, we are struck first by how much the Idol machine used some form of disco as a Top 4, which definitely worked out best for Season 3. And we also remembered how in love we have been with several of the Idol duets. We wish they would’ve started doing that earlier – a Carrie/Bo duet or a Daughtry/McPhee duet would’ve been awesome.

Also – there were a lot of good Top 4 performances. Guess that’s why they made the Top 4, huh? So who wins your vote for the best Top 4 performance?

Kelly Clarkson, “I Surrender,” 1980s/1990s, Season 1

Ruben Studdard, “Nights on Broadway,” Bee Gees, Season 2

Clay Aiken, “To Love Somebody,” Bee Gees, Season 2

Fantasia, “Holding Out for a Hero,” Disco, Season 3

Diana DeGarmo, “No More Tears,” Disco, Season 3

Carrie Underwood, “Sin Wagon,” Country/Gamble & Huff, Season 4

Bo Bice, “Great Day to be Alive,” Country/Gamble & Huff, Season 4

Bo Bice, “For the Love of Money,” Country/Gamble & Huff, Season 4

Carrie Underwood, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” Country/Gamble & Huff, Season 4

Taylor Hicks, “In the Ghetto,” Elvis, Season 5

Katharine McPhee, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis, Season 5

Elliott Yamin, “Trouble,” Elvis, Season 5

Jordin Sparks, “To Love Somebody,” Barry Gibb, Season 6

Melinda Doolittle, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” Barry Gibb, Season 6

Jordin Sparks, “Woman in Love,” Barry Gibb, Season 6

David Archuleta, “Stand by Me,” Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Season 7

Syesha Mercado, “A Change is Gonna COme,” Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Season 7

David Archuleta, “Love Me Tender,” Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Season 7

David Cook, “Baba O’Riley,” Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Season 7

Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, “Slow Ride,” Rock Music, Season 8

Allison Iraheta, “Cry Baby,” Rock Music, Season 8

Adam Lambert, “Whole Lotta Love,” Rock Music, Season 8

Crystal Bowersox, “I’m Alright,” Songs of Cinema, Season 9

Casey James, Michael Lynche, “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, Songs of Cinema, Season 9

Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, “Falling Slowly,” Songs of Cinema, Season 9

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."