American Idol: Season 9

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
American Idol: Season 9 Music Poster Image
Idol's latest finalists cover clean, classic tunes.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

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Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

In keeping with the show itself, most of the songs on this compilation contain positive, inoffensive messages about life and love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These contestants have shown themselves to be relatively drama-free in their personal lives.


Nothing too sexy -- just some mild, indirect references, such as "take you to ecstasy."


An ad for the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that AMERICAN IDOL: SEASON 9 is a collection of clean cover tunes by the top 10 finalists from the show's ninth season. Though the songs represent real releases by big-name artists including the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Chris Brown, and John Lennon, none of the tunes contain explicit adult content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Kid, 9 years old September 29, 2010

Really awesome album, season 9 was great

I loved this season and all of the finalists. This album sends positive messages about life, and it's pretty much the best feelgood album I own!
Kid, 9 years old August 3, 2010

Idol Fan

I loved this season! It was awesome! Go Lee!

What's the story?

In American Idol tradition, the show has released a compilation album -- aptly titled AMERICAN IDOL: SEASON 9 -- that contains cover songs by the top 10 finalists from the show's ninth season. For the most part, each contestant chose to cover the song that earned them high praise (from the judges and the crowd), resulting in an eclectic mix of tunes that includes artists as diverse as the Cornelius Brothers, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, Chris Brown, and John Lennon. Despite their diverse styles, all of the tracks have one thing in common: super-clean lyrics.

Is it any good?

Like every season of Idol, this one features some truly stand-out artists and others who are more forgettable. This makeup is clear on this compilation album, with exceptional performances by contestants like Lee Dewyze and Casey James -- who put their own strong, unique spins on well-known tunes -- and more karaoke-like renditions such as those by Aaron Kelly and Katie Stevens. Still, the album includes some surprises: out of all of her fantastic performances, powerhouse Crystal Bowersox chose to include the overdone "Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin, while the judges' punching bag, Tim Urban, gives a fun, reggae-tinged performance of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the finalists might have chosen to cover these particular songs. Did each Idol make the right choice -- or miss the mark?

  • In cases where an Idol seemed to make a wrong choice, what alternative could she or he have chosen?

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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