Happy Birthday, David Archuleta! His 22 Best Performances

Honduran singer David Archuleta turns 22 today and in honor of Archie's cumples, we rounded up our 22 favorite Archie performances of all time! There were so many to choose from (everything David does is amazing!), but be sure to let us know what you think of our final choices. Feliz Cumpleaños, David!

1. David Archuleta Birthday Best Performances

"I'll Never Go"

Archuleta's vocal range delivers with full impact in this romantic pop ballad off of his latest album, Forevermore. As he prepares to pack his bags in the video, he sings, "I'll never go far away from you/Even the sky will tell you that I need you." We are in love!

2. David Archuleta: "When You Believe"

"When You Believe"

Performing the Academy Award-winning song "When You Believe," on Idol, David delivered a sublime performance that made us all believe in miracles. We got chills as he sang the words, "Now we are not afraid/although we know there's much to fear." Fantastic! 

3. David Archuleta: "Something 'Bout Love"

“Something ‘Bout love”

David performed his first single from his second album The Other Side of Down for his fans and we couldn’t help but sing along with the chorus “woah, oh oh oh, it sets you free!”

4. David Archuleta: "In This Moment"

"In This Moment"

David's performance of the original song "In This Moment," recalled Kelly Clarkson's winning performance of "A Moment Like This." Although he ended up losing the competition to David Cook, this performance was unquestionably the best performance of season 7. 

5. David Archuleta: "I Keep on Falling"


In 2003, when he was twelve years old, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search. Check out his fierce performance of the Alicia Keys song, "Fallin'."

6. David Archuleta: "Have Yourself"

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

David performed "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" for the staff at Forbes Magazine in New York City. 

7. David Archuleta: "The Long and Winding Road"

“The Long and Winding Road”

The always cheerful David showed us a more serious, somber side of himself when he performed “The Long and Winding Road,” a ballad written by Paul McCartney

8. David Archuleta: "Another Day in Paradise"

“Another Day in Paradise”

We love David on the piano! When he performed Phil Collins' hit single “Another Day in Paradise” on the Idol stage—a song that was wtitten to bring attention to the problem of homelessness—David’s love for his fellow human beings was obvious. He approached the song with sensitivity, compassion, and maturity beyond his years.

9. David Archuleta: "Angels"


David's performance of the Robbie Williams song "Angels" is without a doubt one of the most beautiful performances in Idol history!

10. David Archuleta: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me”

In the American Idol season seven finale, David performed the Elton John classic, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me." His heartfelt performance won over Simon Cowell, who said that David deserved to win the competition. 

11. David Archuleta: "Waiting on the World to Change"

"Waiting on the World to Change"

For his very first Idol audition, David took a well-known song (John Mayer's "Waiting On the World to Change") and made it his own by adding his signature runs (and soul) to the song!

12. David Archuleta: "I'll Be"

“I’ll Be”

David is a pop singer, but that didn’t stop him from rocking out to Edwin McCain’s hit 1998 song, “I’ll Be” on the Idol stage!

13. David Archuleta: "Smoky Mountain Memories"

“Smoky Mountain Memories”

David’s performance of this Dolly Parton song was emotional, touching, soulful and inspiring. 

14. David Archuleta: "Sweet Caroline"

“Sweet Caroline”

When David performed this Neil Diamond classic on the Idol stage, he made it current and changed the arrangement to make it more of a crowd pleaser. 

15. David Archuleta: "And So It Goes"

“And So It Goes”

David is a fella who isn’t afraid to go A capella. Here he does it beautifully to Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.” 

16. David Archuleta: "Crush"


Our crush on David Archuleta never goes away, and it was never more prominent than when we heard him sing his hit song “Crush,” the first single off his debut album on The Today Show

17. David Archuleta: "The First Noel"

"The First Nowell"

For the Forbes holiday concert, David performed the traditional classical English carol. It was a sweet and timeless performance!

18. David Archuleta: "Apologize"

David had nothing to "Apologize" about when he sang the hit One Republic song on the Idol stage. 

19. David Archuleta: "Imagine"


David tackled one of the greatest songs of all time (John Lennon's "Imagine") and not only did he change the arrangement to make it more current, but he also filled the song with soul and feeling. 

20. David Archuleta: "O Holy Night"

"O Holy Night"

When he performed this well-known Christmas carol, it was obvious that David loved what he was singing about. Beautiful!

21. David Archuleta: "Stand By Me"

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"Stand By Me"

Only David could take the Leiber and Stoller classic and make it swoon-worthy.

22. David Archuleta: "Shop Around"

"Shop Around"

His mama told him to shop around and that's precisely what David did with this fun performance of The Miracles song, "Shop Around." The runs he delivers at the end of the song are electrifying!