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Year-End List 2017: 25 Songs From Reality Singing Shows

DAM NATION thrived because of reality singing shows - in general - and I figured that it's terribly fine to recognize a few songs from different alumni of different shows that go unnoticed. Well, not everyone since some of the songs in this list were big commercial successes, but you know what I mean.

For a big fan of these shows, it's just interesting to see them survive the tough world of music and push themselves out of obscurity. Just like in 2015 and 2016, we named the songs that were worth honoring for.


25. Streets of Gold
[X Factor Australia 8 - Winner]

"Sometimes it takes a leap of faith. To find out who you really are" Isaiah sings beautifully behind some acoustic guitar and thumping percussion.

24. You are the Reason
Calum Scott
[Britain's Got Talent 9 - Finalist]

"If I could turn back the clock. I'd make sure the light defeated the dark." Calum exclaims in this gospel themed inspirational power ballad.

23. Moonlight
Grace Vanderwaal
[America's Got Talent 11 - Winner]

"The light from your eyes made it feel like. We-e-e-e were dancing in the moonlight." The young Grace plucks her guitar and sings a feel good, simple single.

22. Up All Night
David Archuleta
[American Idol 7 - Runner Up]

"But tonight your memory is holding me." the young singer sings in trans as his gorgeous tone hover  over this uptempo effort that has some tribal tinge at some point.

21. Alone
[X Factor Australia 7 - Winner]

"Help me find a way. How can I be fine, when my heart cannot confide." Cyrus breaks down as his acoustic guitar looms over its honest production.

20. Sway
Danielle Bradbery
[The Voice US 4 - Winner]

"Get lost to the groove that will make you lose your mind." Danielle Bradbery sings sweetly over this  good cross over of a country and pop tune. The simple production and its vintage feel allows compliments her sweet tone.

19. If They Only Knew
Alfie Arcuri
[The Voice Australia 5 - Winner]

"If they only knew, I'd still be holding you." Alfie confesses his feelings in this genuine, lovely pop ballad tune.

18. Dusk Til Dawn
ZAYN (ft. Sia)
[X Factor UK 7 - Top 3 (ZAYN of One Direction)]

"I'll be with you from dusk tip dawn." ZAYN and Sia share a moody vocal work on this solid collaboration that boasts a understated build up and hook laden chorus.

17. Boom, Boom
RedOne, Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane
[X Factor US 2 - Top 3 (Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony)]

"Yeah, I'll change your life. Oh, me is who you came here to see" Dinah Jane promises in this catchy dance tune.

16. Escape
We Architects (ft. Stephen Cornwell)
[The Voice UK 4 - Top 48 (Stephen Cornwell)]

"You'll be our secret I hope we can keep." Stephen gets lost as the production takes him to an infectious rhythm and hook.

15. Angel
Fifth Harmony
[X Factor US 2 - Top 3]

"Who said I was an angel?" The ladies of Fifth Harmony proclaims in full angst and attitude for this R&B tinged single.

14. I Don't Wanna Live Forever
ZAYN & Taylor Swift
[X Factor UK 7 - Top 3 (ZAYN of One Direction)]

"I've been looking sad in all the nicest places." Zayn accompanies Taylor Swift as they give life to this sultry, moody soundtrack from Fifty Shades Darker.

13. Miles
Phillip Phillips
[American Idol 11 - Winner]

"Cause we're works of art. We're falling stars. We're fire waiting for a spark." The American Idol season 11 champ sings with braggadocio and grit in this thumping, infectious pop-rock tune.

12. Drive Me Home
Caroline Pennell
[The Voice US 5 - Top 8]

"A thousand miles of empty space but you still fill the hole." Caroline Pennell sings behind this dreamy tune of velvety notes and euphoric production.

11. Get Low
Zedd (ft. Liam Payne)
[X Factor UK 7 - Top 3 (Liam Payne of One Direction)]

"My chest is your pillow. Come out of the shadows. I know that you're fragile, yeah." Liam Payne is confident as he continue his pop dominance with this Caribbean inspired Zedd produced dance tune.

10. Unpredictable
Olly Murs (ft. Louisa Johnson)
[X Factor UK 6 & 12 - Runner Up & Winner]

"I like us when we're unpredictable. Cause that's when love is so phenomenal" Olly and Louisa tagged team this undeniable charismatic generic pop tune.

09. Reggaeton Lento
CNCO (ft. Little Mix]
[La Banda & X Factor UK 8 - Winners]

"It started when I looked in her eyes. I got close and I'm like "Bailemos" (hey)" CNCO answered back as Little Mix mixed it up in the dynamics and vocal confidence of this already infectious tune.

08. Just Hold On
Steve Aoki x Louis Tomlinson
[X Factor UK 7 - Top 3 (Louis Tomlinson of One Direction)]

"What do you do when a chapter ends? Do you close the book and never read it again?" Louis sings in full questions over this sonic, electro pop dance tune from Steve Aoki.

07. I'll Wait For You
Nick Fradiani
[American Idol 14 - Winner]

"Maybe you're just hiding. From the person you were meant to be" Nick Fradiani sings as he went back his roots in this charming, folk record.

06. All Night
Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui
[X Factor US 2 - Top 3 (Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony)]

"But maybe I should wait. Let it fall into place" Lauren made the most out of this hypnotic and entrancing electro-pop jam.

05. Sun Comes Up
Rudimental (ft. James Arthur)
[X Factor UK 9 - Winner (James Arthur)]

"Suddenly the sun comes up. And I feel my love floodin' back again, yeah." James Arthur hits his stride once again as he sings with so much ease and character on this infectious upbeat song.

04. Love So Soft
Kelly Clarkson
[American Idol 1 - Winner]

"If you want this love, got to hold it tight. Never let it go, baby, let it give you life." The original American Idol soulfully took this hook-laden single to a new level.

03. Two Ghosts
Harry Styles
[X Factor UK 7 - Top 3 (Harry Styles of One Direction)]

"We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me. Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat" Harry pours his heart in this poignant blissful track.

02. Cut To The Feeling
Carly Rae Jepsen
[Canadian Idol 5 - Top 3]

"I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone" Carly Rae Jepsen is officially a musical genius in this yet underrated pop gem.

01. Symphony
Clean Bandit (ft. Zara Larsson)
[Talent Sweden 2 - Winner (Zara Larsson)]

"I just wanna be part of your symphony. Will you hold me tight and not let go?" Zara Larsson is on point as she master this infectious anthem to perfection.
Year-End List 2017: 25 Songs From Reality Singing Shows Reviewed by Etan Musni on 10:37 PM Rating: 5

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