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Ranking American Idol Winners


Unlike many singing competitions that followed American Idol, the original search for a superstar has produced many winners who transformed into bona fide rock stars. Do you remember who won the first season of The Voice? Maybe, but you definitely know that Kelly Clarkson won the first season of Idol.

More than a dozen people have followed in the Texas native's footsteps since she first took home the Idol crown, and many have also enjoyed major success in the industry. In honor of Idol's fifteenth and final season premiere, take a look back at every American Idol winner and where they rank in the hierarchy. So cue up "A Moment Like This," press play on From Justin to Kelly, and take a walk down Idol memory lane in our gallery ranking every single American Idol winner, from season one's Clarkson to season 14's reigning champ Nick Fradiani.