Image Credit: Michael Becker/FoxThis just in from the suits at American Idol: Enigma’s “Return to Innocence” is officially an “inspirational song.” So is “Dream Weaver” (note the word “dream” in the title). As is “Livin’ on a Prayer.” (Gina works the diner all day, yo!) In other words, we’ve got to accept that there are some wiggity wack jams on the list of songs available to the season 9 top 7 for Idol Gives Back week (with guest mentor Alicia Keys). But all is not lost. I’ve perused the full list of 77 ditties, and there were enough hidden gems — albeit not a whole lot of good stuff from the current decade — for me to create a dream set list (of songs not recorded by previous Idol champs, which is a recipe for #fail). Check out the “Inspirational Songs” list for yourself over at mjsbigblog, then make your own suggestions in the comments section. And for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!
Crystal Bowersox: Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day”
Lee DeWyze: Jewel’s “Hands”
Siobhan Magnus: David Bowie’s “Changes”
Tim Urban: Incubus’ “Drive”
Casey James: Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking On Sunshine”
Michael Lynche: Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
High School Student Aaron Kelly: Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer”