The 10 Best Daughtry Songs of All-Time


If you watched the fifth season of American Idol, you will probably remember how bad it felt seeing Chris Daughtry finish fourth. Chris Daughtry never gave up, though; he has gone on to become one of the most successful American Idol contestants ever. After turning down an offer to be Fuel’s lead singer, Chris Daughtry announced that he would form a band in 2006. The band was an instant hit, releasing several hit songs right from their debut single, “It’s Not Over.” Here are the top ten Daughtry songs of all time.

10. Waiting for Superman


The number ten song on our list of the ten greatest Daughtry songs of all time is a song that stole so many women’s hearts when Daughtry released it. “Waiting for Superman” was released as the lead single for Daughtry’s 2013 album, Baptized. The electro-pop ballad proved that Daughtry understood what it takes to be a real hero by releasing a great song that many people loved.

9. Crawling Back to You


The number nine song on our list is the second song from Daughtry’s 2011 album, Break the Spell. The song was initially intended to be on his 2009 album, Leave This Town but was ultimately left off the final tracklisting. After revising the chorus and making a few tweaks to it, the song was included in the album. Chris Daughtry’s vocals are excellent, and the lyrics, which he writes himself, are meaningful.

8. Feels Like Tonight


“Feels Like Tonight” happens to be one of only two songs that Chris Daughtry didn’t participate in the songwriting process. The song was written by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, which was too pop, according to Chris Daughtry. The song turned out to be a big hit, peaking at #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Due to their touring schedule, the video to the song was shot for 48 hours in 3 locations across north L.A.

7. Start of Something Good


It’s a little difficult to find songs that express love quite as this song does. “Start of Something Good” was released on 4th September 2012 from Daughtry’s 2011 album, Break the Spell. The song contains some raw and powerful lyrics that are accompanied by a catchy beat and impressive vocals from Chris Daughtry. The song’s lyrics pass the important message that we should not dwell on the past since the future could mean the start of something good.

6. Life After You


This song was offered to Chris Daughtry by Chad Kroeger while he was on tour with Bon Jovi. Chris Daughtry initially had reservations on whether the song was a right fit for the band. However, after a year, he could not get the song out of his head, and he, therefore, recorded a bridge for the song which became a major hit. The song contains two versions; one for the album and a video that features a crowd cheering towards the end of the song. The song is about a guy who loves his woman so much to the point where he knows that life would be empty without her. The song achieved great success in most charts and was used as a soundtrack for the movie Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure.

5. Home


This song was released in 2007 and is contained in Daughtry’s self-titled album, which also happens to be their best-selling album. The amazing rock power ballad was Chris Daughtry wondering how things would be like being away from his family after making it through auditions. The song peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified platinum three times platinum by the RIAA.

4. It’s Not Over


“It’s Not Over” is Daughtry’s debut single from their self-titled album released in 2006. The track was a catchy solid single and one of the most impressive debut singles you will listen to. The song tells a tale of a relationship that is not working and is quite similar to “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” by Fuel, a song which Chris Daughtry performed on American Idol. The song debuted at #65 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number four on the chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

3. What About Now


This ballad was written by Ben Moody and David Hodges, who were former members of Evanescence. The song is quite emotional and is one of my personal favorite Daughtry songs. The song features a video that shows how people in different places are affected by natural disasters, poverty, and other issues. The sing peaked at #18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified gold in the UK.

2. Over You


The number two song on our list of the top ten Daughtry songs is a song about being heartbroken by someone you love so much but healing and being able to move on with time. The song has for a long time been considered the favorite song from their self-titled first album.  The song was the band’s third top twenty hits, peaking position 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

1. September


The number one song on our list is “September,” a song that takes Chris Daughtry back to his summer days in Lasker, where he grew up. The song was released as a single since Chris Daughtry wanted the song to be released at a time when it would have meaning. The riff for this song was written by Chris Daughtry while on tour with Bon Jovi, with Josh Steely contributing to some lyrical ideas. “September” is such a great song that will bring back memories of your childhood or teenage years in a thoughtful yet uplifting way.

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