Readers' Poll: The 10 Best 'American Idol' Performances

See which performance beat Carrie Underwood's "Alone" and Adam Lambert's "Mad World"

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1. David Cook, "Billie Jean"

David Cook's take on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" was ideal: He took a pop classic and completely transformed it to match his own style. The rock winner of Idol's seventh season stripped down the tune until it was dark and brooding, similar to Chris Cornell's arrangement of the track, which served as the contestant's inspiration.

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