Top 10 American Idol Performances

So, in honor of the new season of American Idol (and quite possibly, the last) I thought I would list my favorite performances from all eight seasons. This was hard. I've enjoyed a lot of contestants over the years. American Idol is a great show and I look forward to moments that will go down in history. When it comes to my Top 10, each of these performances has changed the way I hear the song. I don't hear the original anymore, I hear these versions in my head instead.

My personal Top 10 favorite American Idol performances:

*Honorable mentions: David Cook - Billy Jean and Matt Giraud - Who's Lovin You

10.Ruben Studdard - Superstar

9. Kathrine McPhee - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

8. Jason Castro - Hallelujah

7. Bo Bice - Whipping Post

6. Carrie Underwood - Alone

5. Jordin Sparks - I Who Have Nothing

4. Chris Daughtry - I Walk the Line

3. Tamyra Gray - A House is Not a Home

2. Kelly Clarkson - Natural Woman

And finally... my ALL-TIME favorite Idol performance was given by Fantasia Barrino. This performance was filled with so much raw emotion. I don't think she could've sang it with more passion or better vocals than she did that night. I was a Fantasia fan from her first audition, but I knew I wanted her to win (for sure!) after this performance. Still my all-time favorite to date.

1. Fantasia Barrino - Summertime

Any performances missing from the list above that are your favorites? Feel free to comment below.