Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time
Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

Top 24 American Idols of All Time

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Bo Bice

The long-haired runner-up to Carrie Underwood has released three albums since leaving "Idol," with 2006 single "The Real Thing" a modest hit. His most recent album, "3," featured fifth season finalist Melinda Doolittle on one track. In October, Bice became the first celebrity contestant to win the grand prize on "Don't Forget the Lyrics," earning $50,000 for his charity, MusiCares.
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17

Taylor Hicks

Perhaps the unlikeliest "Idol" winner ever, the Soul Patrol leader most recently released sophomore album, "The Distance," in 2009. Since his tenure on the show, Hicks has performed as the "Teen Angel" in the Broadway and touring productions of "Grease" and appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last April, performing Rebecca Black's "Friday" with Stephen Colbert."
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16

Josh Gracin

Before Carrie Underwood ran up 11 No. 1s (to date) on Billboard's Country Songs chart, this former Marine served as the format's first "Idol" ambassador, leading the list with "Nothin' to Lose" in 2005. Gracin was dropped from his label in 2009, and third album "Redemption" was released by indie label Average Joe's last November.
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15

Scotty McCreery

The tenth season victor is one of the most successful "Idol" contestants in recent years, with his debut "Clear as Day" already achieving Platinum status by the RIAA -- and Scotty the first "Idol" to pull off the achievement with a debut since David Cook. The deep-voiced teen has placed two singles on the Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs charts ("I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble With Girls"), and is currently touring alongside Brad Paisley and The Band Perry this winter. McCreery may be remembered as the winner who saved "Idol," returning the show to prominence after its two previous winners fizzled in popularity. Not even a year in, and he's already at No. 15 on our list -- that should tell you something from the get-go.
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14

Kellie Pickler

Taylor Swift's BFF finished sixth on "Idol" but has done just fine for herself since, thanks to country hits like "Red High Heels" and "Best Days of Your Life." The blonde beauty released her first record since 2008, "100 Proof," at the end of January, and lead single "Tough" is already making noise on the Hot Country Songs chart.

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13

Elliott Yamin

Not only has he aided efforts against Malaria in Angola (as documented on an "Idol Gives Back" special), but Yamin has also assisted in Chile following the country's devastating earthquake. The soul singer finished third on season five, and shortly after debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with his self-titled debut, which featured the top-15 hit "Wait For You."
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