Welcome to a look back at all the albums released through 2016 by former Idol finalists.

Follow the links and you’ll find Idol Chatter mini reviews of each album and, for the most recent years, a song from each album or EP that you can listen to.

Putting this together required listening to quite a bit of Idol music. Along the way, I discovered some gems (Tamyra Gray’s 2004 “The Dreamer”), some curiosities (Corey Clark’s 2005 album) and some missteps (I’ll let you find those on your own).

Now, the collection still isn’t completely complete. There are still a handful of Idol albums I haven’t tracked down yet. And, for now, I’ve only included the most recent Christmas albums. But I’ll be adding more as soon as time permits.

Meanwhile, enjoy. And, as always, feel free to comment if you disagree.

The discography is arranged by year as follows:


Vadawave (Megan Joy), “Out of Body” EP
Why Don’t We (Daniel Seavey), “Only the Beginning” EP
South Haven (Maddie Walker), “Crossing Lines”
Castro (Jason Castro), “Diamond Dreams” EP
Avalon Young, “Shift”
Nick Fradiani, “Hurricane”
Fantasia, “The Definition Of …”
James Durbin, “Riot on Sunset”
Kree Harrison, “This Old Thing”
Joey Cook and the Partyraddlers, “Welcome to the Variety Show”
Zealyn (Angie Miller), “Limbic System” EP
Allisan Iraheta and Halo Circus, “Bunny”
Majesty Rose, “Bloom” EP
Kristy Lee Cook, “All Kinds of Crazy” EP
Haley Reinhart, “Better”
Jena Irene Asciutoo, “Innocence” EP
Lee DeWyze, “Oil and Water”
Daughtry, “It’s Not Over … The Hits So Far”
Paul McDonald, “Slow Rising” EP
Casey Abrams, “Tales from the Gingerbread House” EP


Jessica Sanchez, “Christmas with Jessica” EP
James Durbin, “A Thrill of Hope” EP
Naima Adedapo, “Beautifully Made” EP
Taylor Hicks, “Under the Radar” / “In Your Time” re-release
Jack and White, “Lost”
Janelle Arthur, “Janelle” EP
Carrie Underwood, “Storyteller”
Danny Gokey, “Christmas is Here”
Lauren Alaina, “Lauren Alaina” EP
David Cook, “Digital Vein”
Katharine McPhee, “Hysteria”
Colt Dixon, “Calm” EP / “Storm” EP
Jeremy Rosado, “Heartbeat”
Jordin Sparks, “Right Here, Right Now”
Granville Automatic, “An Army Without Music”
Alex Preston, “Alex Preston”
Bucky Covington, “Happy Man” EP
Skylar Laine, “Dirt Covered Lace” EP
Michael Sarver, “Begin Again”
Adm Lambert, “Original High”
Dexter Roberts, “Dream About Me” EP
Kelly Clarkson, “Piece by Piece”
Brooke White, “Never Grow Up”
Jon Peter Lewis, “Roughcuts”
Paul McDonald, “You and I” EP
Alexis Grace, “Kiddo” EP
Andrew Garcia, “Hell and Back” EP


Carrie Underwood, “Greatest Hits: Decade #1”
Angie Miller, “Weathered” EP
Didi Benami, “Reverie”
Crystal Bowersox, “Promises” EP
Scott McIntyre, “Lighthouse”
Colton Dixon, “Anchor”
Jennifer Hudson, “JHud”
Caleb Johnson, “Testify”
Kris Allen, “Horizons”
Danny Gokey, “Hope in Front of Me”
Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed, “I’m Not Falling”
Blake Lewis, “Portrait of a Chameleon”
Phillip Phillips, “Behind the Light”
James Durbin, “Celebrate”
Candice Glover, “Music Speaks”
Tim Urban, “New York Sessions” EP
Elise Testone, “In This Life”
Ruben Studdard, “Unconditional Love”
Megan Joy, “Free to Fly”


Daughtry, “Baptized”
Melinda Doolittle, “You’re the Reason” EP
Kellie Pickler, “The Woman I Am”
Kelly Clakrson, “Wrapped in Red”
Scotty McCreery, “See You Tonight”
Erika Van Pet, “My Independence”
Kendall Beard, “All-Around Girl”
Mandisa, “Overcomer”
Lee DeWyze, “Frames”
Brooke White, “Banner 4th of July” EP
Jessica Sanchez, “Me, You & the Music”
Fantasia, “Side Effects of You”
Crystal Bowersox, “All That for This”
David Archuleta, “No Matter How Far”
Colton Dixon, “A Messenger”
Jason Castro, “Only a Mountain”


Phillip Phillips, “The World from the Other Side of the Moon”
Anoop Desai, “Three Cheers” EP
Michael Lynche, “This Christmas” EP
Kelly Clarkson, “Greatest Hits, Chapter One”
Brooke White, “White Christmas”
Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed, “The Best Part”EP
Scotty McCreery “Christmas With Scotty”
Mandisa, “It’s Christmas”
Bucky Covington, “Good Guys”
Jason Castro, “Starting Line” EP
Michael Lynche, “Michael Lynche”
David Archuleta, “Begin”
“Sparkle” soundtrack
Casey Abrams, “Casey Abrams”
Jack and White (Brooke White), “Undercover” EP
Crystal Bowersox, “Once Upon a Time …” EP
Michael Johns, “Love and Sex” EP
Kis Allen, “Thank You, Camelia”
Haley Reinhart, “Listen Up”
Diane DeGarmo, “Live to Love” EP
Adam Lambert, “Trespassing”
Granville Automatic, “Granville Automatic”
Megan Joy, “Meg Joy” EP
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Casey James, “Casey James”
Ruben Studdard, “Letters from Birmingham”
Kellie Pickler, “100 Proof”
Vonzell (Solomon), “True Story”
Jack and White, “Winter”


David Hernandez: “I am Who I Am”
Daughtry: “Break the Spell”
James Durbin: “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster”
Josh Gracin: “Redemption”
Lauren Alaina: “Wildflower”
Scotty McCreery: “Clear as Day”
Jack and White (Brooke White): “Gemini” EP
David Cook: “This Loud Morning”
Kimberley Locke:  “Four on the Floor” EP
Lacey Brown: “Let It Go” EP
Kimberly Caldwell: “Without Regret”
Mandisa: “What If We Were Real”
Anoop Desai: “Zero.0”
Phil Stacey: “Faith”
Jennifer Hudson: “I Remember Me”
Adam Lambert: “Glam Nation Live”
Anwar Robinson: “Everything”


Crystal Bowersox: “Farmer’s Daughter”
Jason Castro: “Who I Am”
Tim Urban: “Heart of Mine” EP
Katherine McPhee: “Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You”
David Archuleta: “The Other Side of Down”
Chris Sligh: “The Anatomy of Broken”
Fantasia: “Back to Me”
Michael Sarver: “Michael Sarver:
Clay Aiken: “Tried and True”
Bo Bice: “3”
We Are the Fallen: “Tear the World Apart”
Anoop Desai: “All Is Fair”
Jason Castro: “Jason Castro”
Scott MacIntyre: “Heartstrings”
Danny Gokey: “My Best Days”
Katherine McPhee: “Unbroken”


Allison Iraheta: “Just Like You”
Adam Lambert: “For Your Entertainment”
Kris Allen: “Kris Allen”
Carrie Underwood: “Play On”
David Archuleta: “Christmas from the Heart”
Blake Lewis: “Heartbreak on Vinyl”
Phil Stacey: “Into the Light”
Brooke White: “High Hopes & Heartbreak”
Jordin Sparks: “Battlefield”
Daughtry: “Leave This Town”
Michael Johns: “Hold Back My Heart”
LaKisha Jones: “So Glad I’m Me”
Ruben Studdard: “Love Is”
Elliott Yamin: “Fight for Love”
George Huff: “George Huff”
Mandisa: “Freedom”
Kelly Clarkson: “All I Ever Wanted”
Taylor Hicks: “The Distance”
Melinda Doolittle: “Coming Back to You”
Michael Johns: “Don’t Look Down”
Sanjaya Malakar: “Dancing to the Music in My Head”


Amanda Overmyer: “Solidify”
David Cook, “David Cook”
David Archuleta, “David Archuleta”
Kellie Pickler, “Kellie Pickler”
Kristy Lee Cook, “Why Wait”
Jennifer Hudson, “Jennifer Hudson”
Ace Young, “Ace Young”
Clay Aiken, “On My Way Here”
Chris Sligh, “Running Back to You”
Phil Stacey, “Phil Stacey”
Josh Gracin, “We Weren’t Crazy”
Jon Peter Lewis, “Break the Silence”


Blake Lewis, “Audio Day Dream”
Jordin Sparks, “Jordin Sparks”
Carrie Underwood, “Carnival Ride”
Bo Bice, “See the Light”
Carmen Rasmusen, “Nothin’ Like Summer”
Constantine Maroulis, “Constantine”
Mandisa, “True Beauty”
Kelly Clarkson, “My December”
Nikki McKibbin, “Unleashed”
Paris Bennett, “Princess P”
Bucky Covington, “Bucky Covington”
Elliott Yamin, “Elliott Yamin”
LaToya London, “Love and Life”
Katharine McPhee, “Katharine McPhee”


Fantasia, “Fantasia”
Taylor Hicks, “Taylor Hicks”
Daughtry, “Daughtry”
Ruben Studdard, “The Return”
Kellie Pickler, “Small Town Girl”
Clay Aiken, “A Thousand Different Ways”
Joanna Pacitti, “This Crazy Life”
Jon Peter Lewis, “Stories from Hollywood”
Vonzell Solomon, “My Struggle”


Bo Bice, “The Real Thing”
Carrie Underwood, “Some Hearts”
Brooke White, “Songs from the Attic”
George Huff, “Miracles”
LaToya London, “Love and Life”
Jasmine Trias, “Jasmine Trias”
Corey Clark, “Corey Clark”
John Stevens, “Red”
Jim Verraros, “Rollercoaster”


Diana DeGarmo, “Blue Skies”
Kelly Clarkson, “Breakaway”
Ruben Studdard, “I Need an Angel”
Fantasia, “Free Yourself”
Josh Gracin, “Josh Gracin”
Kimberley Locke, “One Love”
Clay Aiken, “Measure of a Man”
Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful”
Justin Guarini, “Justin Guarini”

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