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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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The Essential David Archuleta ~ Defining the Ephemeral

Posted by betsy on Saturday, July 20, 2013


Not So Black and White

Most of us have mixed tapes (not tapes, but you know) of our favorite live performances by David. His live shows always seem to bring the best out of him, his voice is always so magical when he’s connecting to us this way.

So the other day I was thinking. What are my favorite songs off his official albums? Now I want to burn a CD of the best songs he’s put out – combine the best of the best. All my faves. Kind of a Greatest Hits, in my opinion, CD. 😉

I’ll allow myself 16, it’ll be difficult..

You Can – My first favorite recording of his. ❤

To Be With You – Love this song, but maybe because of the live versions. Not sure. Keeping it though.

Let Me Go – VERY under appreciated (by me) until recently. He ROCKS it out.


Somebody Out There – Duh. I’ll never not love this special song.

Ave Maria – I know it’s a Christmas song, but it’s too perfect not to include. Also, it’s my list. 🙂

Good Place – My very favorite thing he’s ever done, ever. I love the produced, recorded version. I love the live, acoustic one that I was lucky enough to hear. Both make me weep. Every word of this song is gold. I still want to stencil the chorus on the upper part of my kitchen wall. This song means so much.

Parachutes and Airplanes – His voice is so stellar here. The word blue, is all I’m saying.

Look Around – This is another that took a while for me to even LIKE. But when it hit me, it really hit me. This part:


My Kind of Perfect – It’s just – Idk – it’s pure David. ❤ (that and I remember where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing when I first heard it. Like a world event, lol)

Forevermore – Exquisite. Love the quiet music and the way he follows it, and leads it. 🙂

You are My Song – Gah. Love this song. From the first. Pretty love song.


Tell Me – He sings this sad song so well. Awww. Anya will come back, don’t you worry. 😉 Love the piano as well.

Nandito Ako – David singing in Tagalog drives me nuts. In a good way. 🙂

Don’t Give Up – This ended up being one of my most played on Begin. It tortures me. Sad.


I don’t want to hear about anyone else attempting to sing this. Cause he’s already done it.


Angel – Heartbreaking. I heard this after I heard the news of Cory Monteith’s death in a hotel and just cried. I’m not even a fan of his. But it is so sad, and the words “dark, cold, hotel room.” I just couldn’t take it.

Broken – Gorgeous and so David. Obviously. The world really needs to hear this. For their own good.

Let’s call this next one a bonus track since there are 17 now. 😉

Be Still My Soul – This song has such a beautiful message and sometimes I can’t tell when his voice ends and the violin begins. So real, so meaningful.

I just realized that my choices are very ballad-y. His voice is just so perfect on them though!

It may be because I prefer to watch him perform the louder pop stuff. Barriers etc.. Oh, and Your Eyes Don’t Lie. 🙂

What are your favorite recorded songs? Or live ones? Let’s talk about David. 🙂


Betsy is a staff writer for The Voice.

70 Responses to “The Essential David Archuleta ~ Defining the Ephemeral”

  1. Dang! I knew it would happen. That balloon descended before I could get back here and think through how I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Southern Utah adventure (and the David connections). I did enjoy it, very much. Thank you!

    And, until I read that article, I had not connected Claire to Dayzee. What the heck? I have met Claire; I have extolled the virtues of David Archuleta with Claire; I have gone to a post-concert dinner with Claire. I have even gone so far as to be a little envious of Claire when once at a VIP, David looked up, saw her there, gave her his full attention, and said in his melt-your-heart voice, “Hello, Claire.”

    Now Betsy delivers this sweet article about the music that is sure to have us all thinking and reminiscing. Not only that, she ends her piece with an invitation to talk about David? Well, OK, I accept. I will be back. Sooner than later this time.


  2. amb4DA said

    Hi Betsy and all~

    I hope it’s ok to post after so much time has passed ~but this is one of my favorite topics, had to chime in. 🙂
    Hope all here are well. Still visiting and reading.

    DA: 1. “My Hands” First on cd to capture me, still my favorite… soaring melody, passionate vocals, the “ooh-ahhs.” Love it live–“Sing it!!”
    2. “Angels” For me, David’s “iconic anthem.” My “go-to” calming song.

    CFTH 1. “Silent Night” First on cd to get me; “Loves Purrrre Light” still literally makes my knees go weak. (an affect, only David has on me, many times since.) Like a prayer set to music.
    TOSOD Hard to pick ‘cuz I see this cd as a cohesive compilation, with every song beautifully crafted into the whole…but, forced to cherry-pick….
    1. “Something ‘Bout Love” I’ll never forgive TPTB, as it still sounds like a terrific radio hit, with it’s infectious melody, chorus & hard-driving arrangement. (Unfortunately, it’s not like what’s actually ON the radio these days.)
    2. “Elevator”…grew and grew on me. The hums at the beginning, *sigh* worth the price of admission. Reflects David’s quirky outlook.
    3. “Who I Am” & 4. “Look Around” …love the messages and melodies.
    5. “Good Place”…same as all you say, Betsy. I’ve often wanted to place that quote somewhere in my home too…poetry from a poetic soul.
    6. “MKOP”…the PERFECT response from DA, speaking his truth to that dang gnawing question re: “a girlfriend!!” David’s sweet, honest, original take on “finding the right one.”

    1. “Rainbow” Loved the remix & video…sunny, happy, laid-back-cool, pure David. Does anyone else think that last note at the end on the original sounds like a raindrop? Seems like one of David’s playful “winks” & makes me smile.

    Begin~ With you, Betsy,,, “Don’t Give Up.” Immediate favorite, esp. the line you quoted. You know when you’re climbing to the top of a roller coaster, anticipating the rush down? THAT is how that line comes to me…I anticipate, raise the volume, then the rush of emotion. His vocals are so appropriately poignant in this song.
    “Angel” …heartbreakingly understated; the subtle yet powerful hums at the end express more than words could.

    NMHF~ “Heart Falls Out” I love songs with soaring vocals in his sweet spot, and this has it. The bridge, alone, in rotation, makes me happy.

    Covers~ “Apologize”…(he’d likely cringe to read this but) this is David’s song now.

    Live~ “Angels~Tulsa OK, Idol tour”…otherworldly.

    and if you love “You Can, Htfd CT 2009″…. I didn’t appreciate this song until I saw him perform this sweet, tender version live that night:

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    You can’t quite see it straight on here but on “If I could wish upon tomorrow, tonight would never end” he was singing and smiling to the swooning girls up front and the twinkle in his eyes was priceless.

    Apologies on long post, but it’s David…and no way to do a short post on this topic!! 😉


  3. MT said

    Love this! ♥

    I have made “favorites” CDs, several times actually since they change with time. Right now, I’m stuck on the Forevermore songs and a few from NMHF.

    I am still in love with Heart Falls Out. That song just makes my day better no matter where I am. 🙂

    I also Love I’ll Never Go. Not many people mention that song but both the song and the video just melt my heart. ♥

    Rainbow remix, and the VIDEO!! Ahhh … David being all suave and smooth, the LEFT screen of the video showing him in profile and DANCING. 🙂 🙂 🙂 (Vocals aren’t bad either LOL)

    Next would be Nandito Ako. haha Hubby laughs because I sing it. And I don’t know the language!! His voicals on that song are fabulous and I also play the one he sang with Olge and Regine. I love the OMG I hear from someone in the audience when he appears, the applause as he comes out, the fabulous notes he hits, especially at the end, and the way their voices all blend so beautifully. (All three of their voices are beautiful.)

    I would also add Everything And More. Love the song and his live performance of this in Jakarta just blew me away. Intense, pink shirt flying out behind him, the dip for emphasis. Love Love Love ♥

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    From BEGIN. Don’t Give Up. I’m not a big fan of the MV for this one, but the song is gorgeous. I love his tone in this one and the background vocals are to die for.

    I’d also add one of my favorite performances. Elevator at Z100. That one just blew me away. I’m not a huge fan of the original on the CD but I like him performing it and the way he plays with the audience. When I hear this version, his voice and the change ups make me smile because they are soooo David.

    There are so many more, but I’ll stop now before I take up the whole page.


  4. MT said

    Oh, I have to add one more I’ve been listening to! It’s a Spanish one. No Me Queda Mas performed live at the TMA’s. IDK why, but I just love that one. ♥

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    Oh, and Not A Very Good Liar. I got that one from the Cookie Jar. (Thank you, Abrra!)

    And Reaching Out … it gets me right from the start with the humming, and I love the snapping, and the rhythm of this song. “The Reeeeeaching Out, Do You Feeeeeelll it tooooo.” Gahhh So much I love about that one. 🙂

    haha Ok, I’ll stop now. I think. 😉


  5. Marylee_NCGirl said

    I need to do my list ~so many fabulous songs to choose from, each with their own “special something”. One thing you said about “My Kind of Perfect” reminded me where I was when I heard “Good Place” which remains one of his songs that just makes my heart melt when I hear it…every time. I agree this song carries deep meaning for David and his fans as well~tugs at my heartstrings.

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    BTW, I was in York, PA for a promo, with a group of fans gathered around a laptop, when snippets of TOSOD were released. His voice & those lyrics just spoke to me immediately. Thanks for your article Betsy~anytime I can simply sit back & think about him and his music puts me in a Good Place ☺


  6. I will be back to read BETSY!!! has closed its doors. They were away fishing but they will not be returning. Always sad to see something so good gone away. They were a great team and did so much to support David. I truly understand their reasons though and we will see them again hopefully, but in different places!

    All the best AFS!



  7. Betsy,love your post, and love your song selections.
    …wow, this is going to be challenging…ha! My greatest hits cd is definitely gonna have to be a Double Cd.
    Gonna go make my list right now ,’cause I can think of ♫♪”Nothing Else Better To Do-o-o”♪♫

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    (okay, that’s definitely ONE of my choices♥) :))


  8. tawna21 said

    Betsy, I love this post! I’m going to have to do some thinking, prioritizing, cagatorizing, and more thinking!!! But, for now, I’ve put Ave Maria in the same group as Be Still My Soul. It may be generally known as a Christmas song, but I like to think of it more as a prayer, a moment of reverence that can happen any day of the year, at any time of the day.

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    Thanks for the challenge!


  9. tawna21 said

    SB… I read about FanScene closing down, but I’ve never heard the reason. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the reason is? It really is sad to see them go. They had such a vault of good stuff. 😦


  10. jans11 said

    Great post, Betsy, and great choices! It is a real challenging post, isn’t it Tawna21? Got all my cds out and had to actually try and pick my favorites, which is not an easy task! It would really be hard to compile a cd of my favorites because I love all his songs! 🙂 There are some I love more tho and here is a small sample!

    DA–My all time favorite is “Angels” from the first time he sang it on AI and then in Tulsa–WOW!! Love “Crush” because that’s his 1st big hit and I actually heard it 4 times ON THE RADIO on ONE day! 🙂 Also have it as my ringtone and won’t change it for some reason! Love “Don’t Let Go” and when he added “I know how to save a life”, wow again!

    CFTH–“O Holy Night”, “What Child is This” and “Ave Maria” sang in Latin…only David could do this!

    TOSOD–All time favorite “Good Place” before he sang it at the last MKOC concert VIP. Words really took on a new meaning after he made his announcement! On the TOSOD ATE– I love “Wait” and “Zero Gravity” on the bonus tracks.

    GCT–“The Cat and the Mouse Carol”–it really grew on me.

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    Forevermore–“Tell Me”, “Rainbow”, “NA”–heck, I love them all! 🙂

    Begin–“Everybody Hurts”…”don’t raise your hand”…just love that part, I always sing it with him! haha “Don’t Give Up”, “Broken”…love them all too!

    NMHF–“NEBTD” and the a lot of my favs that are already mentioned are on here too!

    Extras–“Up Above the Northern Lights”, “Mary Did You Know”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “WYSYLM”, “Imagine” and “The Prayer”

    Sorry, no way to make this short! haha I have to stop, this is getting way too long! 🙂



  11. SandyBeaches said

    Hi Tawna!

    They give a pretty good detailed explanation on their site. I believe I can say that cost, availability of people to run a site any site can change and everything changes as years go by. There is is certain element of uncertainty that can add to decision making. Without knowing David’s plans, it is all of those things to consider. That is just my own take on what I read.. The part about the number of years running a site can bring changes for anyone.


  12. betsy said

    Thanks guys, I love all the choices!
    How could I have forgotten Everything and More??
    I LOVE that song.


  13. Dayzee said

    Betsy, so fun to wander through all of David’s best. Sky, so true there is nothing else better to do than pick out favorites. I plan to spend a whole lot of time doing just that.

    Jan, it really tickled me that you would include Above the Northern Lights. I have spent many days with that song. Also, at a VIP when I told David how much I loved it he started to sing it to me. Still have not recovered from that moment. Don’t intend to either.

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    Archugeezer, great to have you remind us of post-concert dinners and extolling the virtues of David. Am soooo longing to do those things once again. That afterglow from a concert and VIP absolutely calls for a bunch of fans to share. Really helps with the letdown of realizing David is no longer in the room.


  14. bebereader said

    Excuse the delay! I would have gotten here sooner but got lost in youtube, listening to some of these favorites again! What a great idea for an article and a fun read! Many of our choices overlap, not surprising. Here are my picks:

    Barriers – I loved it from first listen!! Seeing it live in Sayreville was a thrill, remembering when David got caught up in the moment and had to stop for a minute and then picked it back up seamlessly. It has a tropical feel, is full of energy and is just a feel-good song, even if it’s about a breakup.

    My Hands – Barriers and My Hands turned out to be my favorites from the first album. I love it for it’s witty lyrics and especially for the wail at 2:50. It sounds so primal (“Whoooooooohhhhhh”) that it’s other-worldly! djbell and I spazzed over that wail many a time. 🙂

    To Be With You – It’s the ultimate love song and David always delivers a remarkable performance! Betsy, Remember the night we stayed up late playing every single video we could find of TBWY?

    Waiting for Yesterday – A bonus track that should have made it to the album! Another upbeat song about a breakup. Love love love it done live and the “treatcha like he did” little catchy phrase.

    Tell Me – David is the king of ultimate love songs and I’m addicted to them. The piano isn’t even needed in this song; his voice is pure music. This heartbreaking song will always remind me of Josh and Anya of Nandito Ako. One of my top ten favorites, for sure!

    Everything and More – I’ve played it ad infinitum; I love it so much! Goosebumps chills and the crescendo is amazing! Waiting to be in the audience when he sings it! haha Betsy, I was surprised I didn’t see it on your original list. 🙂

    Falling Stars – This song comes on in chat and everyone points to me. LOL Loved it from first listen and it all started with the snippet Eman teased us with on Twitter. It’s a painful love song and I love the effortless changes to and from his falsetto. In Falling Stars, David’s voice takes my breath away. Love the crescendo and the background vocals too.

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    Something ‘Bout Love – Aarghhhh I predicted this song to be a huge hit! It had HIT written all over it! Jive fail!!!! The writers of this song had so many mega-hits it was shocking when this song didn’t make it! It’s such a huge song, with a catchy beat.

    My Kind of Perfect – I love this because it’s David speaking to us. Simple lyrics, simple melody and he makes us understand.

    Don’t Give Up – Betsy, This song kept us up for hours one night and that one line in particular that you cited, “Got to walk out of here I can’t take anymore…”. I played every other version on youtube by anyone who has covered this song and nothing compares to David’s.

    Nothing Else Better To Do – Fun lyrics, catchy tune, great phrasing. It’s going to be awesome LIVE!

    Broken – HIs voice on this is perfection. Those high notes are intoxicating. And the lyrics. He knows instinctively how to deliver.

    Reaching Out – I’ll love any feel-good song David sings.This song just makes me feel good from the humming at the beginning all the way to the end.

    Somewhere Only We Know – I love The Beatles feel in this song.

    Everybody Hurts – I will never listen to the original of this song again. David owns it.

    When You Say You Love Me – I missed the Idol Tour and am obsessed with this song. I pray he will agree to record it or sing it live again one day.

    Los Pastores A Belen – HIs voice is almost operatic in this song. I love the playful melody, the mic move at the end and I love when he sings in Spanish!


  15. MT said

    Uh Oh, I just realized I put the wrong name on the song I listen to so much from BEGIN. Duh … It’s “Everybody Hurts” (the one they did the MV for) Can’t believe I got the name wrong after listening to it a hundred times! 😳

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    I guess before I meet David I’d better write down what I want to say because I know I’m going to look him in the eye and won’t remember the name of one single song! haha I think I’ll write down what I want to say and, if I go mute, I can just hand it to him. 🙂


  16. SandyBeaches said

    I greatly admire all of the songs you have mentioned Betsy. I feel they are all very special, unlike most other songs I listen to at this time. We have been saying all of these months how much we enjoy and appreciate his music which is a phenomena in itself. We must be in the Guinness World Book of Records for that, but there is no one else I would care to talk about for all that time.



  17. djafan said

    Betsy! I have to pick and that is very difficult for me lol I didn’t even pick David it’s like he picked me! But before I compile my list David shared today! IN SPANISH!!!!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie 52s
    Some words from David to share today!
    “No vivimos para el momento, sino para la eternidad.” (KS)

    We don’t live for the moment, but for eternity.


  18. jans11 said

    Dayzee, I always loved the music of Up Above the Northern Lights and when David sang it, he made it even more special! Of course! 🙂 Singing it to you in person would be…omgosh! That is something you would never get over, ever! haha David himself is so enigmatic and then for him to do something like that, that’s like putting on the whipped cream with a cherry on top!! He puts a lot of “sweet stuff” out there for us fans, doesn’t he! 🙂

    Glad to hear from the man himself (via Kari)! I’m so spoiled by him, but not getting anything since NMHF makes me wonder if anymore goodies are coming our way? Probably not, so I am contented to listen to all my cds of his great music and get lost in his videos! 🙂



  19. Abrra said

    I listen to music mostly in the car. Angel is the song I put on repeat. It’s just beautiful.The BEGIN & TOSOD ATE are my favorite albums. Love Don’t Hate, Everything and More, and My Kind Of Perfect are stand outs for me. I do like the other albums but I lean toward the live concert mp3’s more often. I like the energy from the crowd and hearing David’s banter.

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    A couple of old songs from when he was young, Angels In The Alleyway and The Most Beautiful Part Is, are what I go to for a different sound.

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    Some words from David to share today! “No vivimos para el momento, sino para la eternidad.” (KS)

    Translation: “We do not live for the moment, but for eternity.”



  20. bebereader said

    Join us for Nandito Ako
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  21. MT said

    IDK which one of you lovely admins added to videos but … Thanks!! 😀 😀

    I loved watching them all. ♥


  22. MT said

    Ugh, that would be … added THE videos . I am not having a good “typing day” so beware when we get to chat. Just warning you in advance. 😉


  23. Dayzee said

    When my son was in second grade he handed me a list of the people he wanted to invite to his birthday party. I counted 34 names. When I told him he could only invite his closest friends, he looked confused. “Mom, they are all my closest friends.” Now I am trying to make a reasonably short list of David favorites, but they are all my closest friends. Betsy, you have driven me crazy. But here goes:

    I must have all the “love my country” songs, America the Beautiful, SSB, My Country Tis of Thee.

    Most of my can’t live without music are ballads. Fields of Gold, You Can, To Be with You, Tell Me, You are My Song, Broken, Everybody Hurts, Broken Road. Not done with these, just quitting.

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    Must have lots of Christmas music, but won’t list them because it is July. Except Oh Holy Night, The First Noel and Little Drummer Boy which have become more than Christmas music. Totally acceptable year round.

    And the quirky Works for Me, Not a Very Good Liar.

    And Barriers.

    And those he has shared the stage with the original owners, like Apologize and Nandito Ako. With complete respect, humility and authority he obliterates any claim another singer might wish for.

    SB, we should compile a list of the world records David owns and submit it to Guinness. There are so many appropriate categories: musical knowledge, best voice, most interesting neck, nicest person ever, most loyal fans, cutest this and that.


  24. Betsy, I am back to thank you for your post. I really enjoyed reading your list and comments, as well as the comments from others who responded to your tough assignment. I also appreciated an official excuse to immerse myself in some research in order to answer your question. Ultimately, the word “ephemeral” in your title was key here, as any list of mine could change on a whim or a mood, or even the day of the week. Suffice it to say, if David sings it, I’m going to love it. Just a few thoughts:

    Good Place – My list is not in any particular order, but this song would be at the top of every list I make, for all the reasons you have mentioned.

    Nothing Else Better to Do – David delivers a calypso-ish tropical treat—25 hours every day.

    You Can – Simple. Special.

    Long and Winding Road – I see in my iTunes file that I have returned to this one frequently. When David sang it on AI, I was completely gobsmacked by the absolute purity of his voice and the way he delivered the message. When Randy told him he could have added a few runs and take a few more liberties with it, I thought, “No, no, no…” David knows exactly what to do with a song. “Love Me Tender” and “And So It Goes” also fall into this category.

    Works for Me (Live) – David is so good with this live. You can tell he likes the song, and he makes subtle changes that make it fun. I have seen him be emphatic, explanatory, jazzy, playful, and even a little sassy. He can do it all.

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    Save the Day – Can’t explain this one. I just like it—David’s voice, the production, the harmonies.

    My Kind of Perfect, and then Forevermore – Beautiful love songs in life’s proper order.

    What Child is This? – I don’t know how, but David sings this with simultaneous expressions of joy and reverence, like he was there.

    Touch My Hand (AOL Version) – Fantastic concert opener, but in a recorded version, the AOL session offered some extra oomph.

    Parachutes and Airplanes (Live – Rexburg Version) – I go here for the memories of an incredible concert experience: electricity in the air, most rousing reception for David I have seen to this point, David loving every minute and wanting to share new music with us. The house went crazy and stayed crazy.

    Tell Me, and Wait – Musical angst at its best. Nobody can cry-sing like David Archuleta. Gets me every time.

    Waiting for Yesterday, all of BEGIN, and… Sorry! This is way too long and there are so many more. I see others are having the same problem, so I need to stop. Thanks, David. Hurry back.


  25. poof said

    Hi all,
    Life has been kind of crazy but have enjoyed reading if not posting.

    First important thing I didn’t know until today, Deseret Books has Glad Christmas Tidings for 2.99 and 2.99 shipping no matter how many you buy. So I bought a bunch and plan to gift them to every library and retirement home I can find. Excited.

    Songs: Yes, it is like picking between your children.
    Your Eyes Don’t Lie– I love any song where he gets sassy! Angels– Touches my heart everytime I hear it.
    Oh Holy Night–especially after the announcement. Ave Maria– are you kidding.
    Look Around–love it, especially the lyrics, Something Bout Love– So catchy and again love the lyrics. Works For Me– more “sas” Zero Gravity–absolute joy!
    Forevermore–so romantic and beautiful. Tell Me- rips out my heart everytime I hear it….and that’s a lot Rainbow- so fun
    Broken– there are no words.

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    Be Still My Soul– I hear your soul. Everybody Hurts– David owns it.
    NEBTD- so layed back , just makes me happy. Everything and More– I feel like I am soaring too.


  26. poof said

    Oh, oh
    I forgot to say anything about Glad Christmas Tidings,,,, every single second.


  27. MT said

    25 Poof,
    Thanks for reminding me about Your Eyes Don’t Lie, especially live. Love Love Love ♥ I can’t believe I left that one off my list!! I ask for it almost every weekend in chat. Yep, I love sassy David too. 🙂


  28. Angelica said

    The essential Archuleta thus far and within the constraints of time placed on me by someone who can sing the phone book:

    Crush – I set the alarm for 5am to watch that baby get born; the joy in his face is something I will never forget. It was his first produced song and only radio hit so far and NOT just because it had promotion. It was a hit because it DESERVED to be one. A mature, sensual beat coupled with stellar vocals and innocent/timeless lyrics about something “that everyone can relate to, no matter the age,” to paraphrase David himself. I know a lot of folks are tired of hearing it because he sings it at every concert, but it is a huge milestone in his career. And it still gives me goosebumps when I hear the intro and know it’s coming.

    Crazy – Because he changed it up to make it something totally different than the original that Gnarls Barkley had a hit with and in a way that was just pure, raw, primal wailing soulful genius.

    Contigo en la Distancia – The emotion he summons up is so powerful and his vocals so flawless on this Spanish love song delivered at the Alma awards, that I still believe it to be one of the best performances of any song, by any singer, on any stage, anywhere, ever.

    That’s just the C’s. I haven’t even touched the rest of the alphabet. 😉


  29. bebereader said

    “IDK which one of you lovely admins added to videos but … Thanks!! 😀 😀 I loved watching them all. ♥

    I’ll never tell. *wink wink* lol


  30. okay gonna give this a shot Betsy! Love all you guy’s choices. Thanks to Abrra♥ and her “D- licious” candy jar,we can have our own greatest hits cd at our fingertips.
    Barriers,and My Hands are standouts for me on the first cd, his voice just soars in a venue with those songs.
    Love WFY “if it takes a “leettle” time.♫”

    credit djbell

    All the love songs, You Can, TBWY,Tell Me,Wherever you Are,WYSYLM, Contigo en La Distancia (that was my sweet kitties 😦 favorite David song of all)
    I’m Trying to be Like Jesus… brings me to tears,every time I listen, he sings it with childlike beauty and goodness,innocence and sweetness,and I’ve never heard anything like it.Simple and yet powerful in its message of Love.

    TOSOD,a fav too,Love Don’t Hate,Zero Gravity all get me movin’
    ,and Stomping the Roses. ( ,I would like to dedicate STR,to my upstairs neighbors) Which brings to mind “Crazy, and “The Riddle” ( what the heck are they doing up there!??)
    Help! Daviiiiiiiid!

    Time to plug my headset in.back later…


  31. bluebar said

    Impossible to name just one favorite!
    This is where it all began (for me):
    “Heaven” on American Idol.

    vd: ArchuletaAngelx3

    And, what will “keep me coming back for more:”
    “Heaven” from Manila

    vd: Boo Radleigh


  32. MT said

    29. Bebe!!


  33. amb4da said

    Yay! I’m with Bebe re: the videos..tku! Whoever found “the essential” “You Can, Htfd” video (of course it was DJBell’s! ..and not the one I had posted a link to), you guys rock….THAT’S the view from that night that is emblazoned in my memory, tks for finding it! Two other notes from reading all the great posts….Yes, Betsy, I said the same thing…how’d I forget Everything And More (thumps head)…one of my favorites! And Bebe, thanks for reminding me, Los Pastores a’ Belen…also one I’ve watched over and over in complete amazement, from MOTAB….I thought the same thing; he is almost operatic at the end. I mean really…that power and range…even shocked me. *sigh* is it 2014 yet? I’ve been patient ’til recently….but my withdrawal symptoms have now started to kick in full-swing.


  34. I love djbell’s videos


  35. betsy said

    I want all the the lost footage of his vips, the stuff nobody has heard since the initial singing of them.
    Let’s begin with his Clarkston 2009 I’ll Be. Or it can be in the middle. End. Whatever, it’s started to fade in my mind. 😦
    I would pay good money for this.


  36. djafan said

    Betsy, I’m going to give it a shot 🙂 in no particular order my first five.

    Save The Day – This song made me sob every time I heard it and I didn’t know why but I love it and his crying voice.

    Good Place – My initial favorite from TOSOD and then hearing it live in VIP at Nokia in Anaheim just blew me away.

    Contigo En La Distancia – A favorite song of mine since sung by Luis Miguel but by the time David was done with it, it was Luis Miguel who???

    Nothing Else Better To Do – The melodies, the creative lyrics, that voice like no other, just puts me in a good place every time.

    Falling – Such a sad song and yet so full of hope at the same time. Loved the recorded version but the live partial performance just breathtaking.

    Bebe, the videos? great idea 🙂


  37. fenfan said

    I have been busy – watching all the videos posted here. All those songs all of you picked are among my favourites too. I just want to add one – Love Me Tender. It kills me every time I watch the video on you tube. I hope he sings it again when he is in love! I’ll turn into a puddle of goo and never recover.

    credit ZuperArchie


  38. Dayzee said

    What a feast of favorite videos! I wanna say my favorite video picture in this thread is at #8 for Tawna’s choice of Ave Maria. He looks so dignified. And gorgeous.

    Today I was sitting in the sun at an outdoor mall eating ice cream, enjoying the flowerbeds, thinking life was pretty awesome. Then a new song started on the background music. After the first 2 chords I knew it was Crush. Yesterday I had listened to Orla Fallon singing Silent Night. Her voice was so crystal clear and pure, I thought nothing could be better. Then David joined in, his voice with such richness and depth. Even when I am content, David comes along and brings the rainbows to my life. Like Jan said, he is the whipped cream and cherry on top. And he does it all the way from Chile.

    credit JR

    Admin Edit: JR included all the parts of the show that David was in!


  39. Abrra said

    Sweet video by pocoelsy. Good job lady!


    A video of the artist,Raymond J Lee, who is singng the song “Come Home”. It’s a cover of a One Republic song.


    Its a good day when we can have a beautiful video about David and a lovely song.



  40. jans11 said

    28..yes! have to have “crazy” too! Especially since I heard him sing it live about 10 ft from me! And, “contigo”. Love both the younger and latest versions!

    31…can’t leave out “heaven” either. That was the other song he sang 10 ft from me! 🙂 I’m so glad that I have all his albums and the ones from the candy jar…thanks, Abrra! Don’t have to worry about picking out a few. Love them all!!

    38…thanks for the shout out Dayzee! David is so easy to compliment, he is so great! “And he does it all the way from Chile.” Love it!! ♥

    39…pocoelsy, super video….making me miss him more, sob, sob. 🙂 And Mr Lee, great video and singing!

    #DA2014…will be glad when you “come home” David! 🙂


  41. emmegirl14 said

    Betsy, this is a tough one. So, I guess I will just list the songs that are on the current CD that I Iisten to in my car, because to be honest, it changes. All I really need is the voice.

    Angels – I will listen to this song for as long as I am here.
    Heart Falls Out – just really like this song.
    Love Don’t Hate – loved it from the first time I heard it!
    And So It Goes – he blows the original away.
    True Colors – love it – “don’t need to be afraid”
    Angel – this one gets me right in my gut
    Broken – “ooooooooooohhhhhhh”, I mostly listen to it when I am in a pensive mood, but it hits home every time.
    Long And Winding Road – and Love Me Tender, When You Believe. Simple brilliance.
    Stomping The Roses – another one I love from the first time I heard it. I always felt he was talking to his label.
    Good Place – exactly where it takes me.
    Elevator – soulful Z100 performance is my favorite version of this song!

    credit cristobalite4126

    Everybody Want To Rule The World – had never been a big fan of covers, he changed all that (he changed alot of things)
    To Be With You – “what I wouldn’t give to feel that waaaaaay, woooo-ooo-hoo-ooo, oh to be with you”

    credit mrayburn8743

    The Prayer – what can I say.
    Rainbow – I think I am the only one in the fandom that likes the funky, scratchy beginning.
    Who I Am, Look Around and Complain – great lyrics, message! And those backup vocals in Complain!
    Contigo – stunning.
    Crazy – just crazy about every performance.
    Your Eyes Don’t Lie – it’s been said, sassy David!
    Little Drummer Boy, The First Noel, Chestnuts, PatAPan, This Christmas, Mary Did You Know – I listen to year around.

    I am ready for him to be back.


  42. Abrra said

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July’… Thank you Archies! (TeamArchie)

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    ‘GLAD’ ALL OVER: Holiday albums usually don’t go to No. 1 in July. So season seven runner-up David Archuleta may have made chart history this week, as Glad Christmas Tidings, a Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra release that features the vocals of the American Idol alum, re-enters the Classical Catalog Albums chart in the top spot.

    The album also debuts at No. 25 on the Top Internet Albums chart and moves up 10-9 on the Christian Catalog Albums chart.

    There’s a good reason for the 2011 release suddenly doing so well in the summer of 2013. One internet retailer placed the album on sale, and the discount pricing generated enough sales to prompt the album’s chart moves.

    Glad Christmas Tidings gives Archuleta his fifth Billboard No. 1, lifting him out of a four-way tie with Kris Allen, Kellie Pickler and Elliott Yamin, who all have four chart-toppers to their credit. This is the 396th No. 1 for the Idol franchise and comes just one week after Phillip Phillips and Mandisa added three more chart-topping titles to that total.

    more here:

    If you wish to purchase the Glad Christmas Tidings CD or the Live Concert: Glad Christmas Tidings DVD, check out the left side bar.


  43. djafan said

    Oh my gosh!!! I love that article!!!! Yay David!!! Look at all the media reporting!

    MarthaPB ‏@mlpb3
    .@DavidArchie Viral News Chart tracks on social media Hollywood Reporter story about Glad Christmas Tidings charting:

    Hollywood Reporter ‏@Idol_Worship 8h
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    On Yahoo! ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July – Yahoo! Movies

    Mormon Tab. Choir ‏@MormonTabChoir
    Thanks to our fans who helped us top the charts once again w/ “Glad Christmas Tidings” featuring @DavidArchie #MoTab

    IdolsNow ‏@idolsnow 17m
    DAVID ARCHULETA earns his 5th #Billboard No. 1 (and the 396th for #Idol). The Hollywood Reporter: @DavidArchie

    IdolsNow ‏@idolsnow 4h
    DAVID ARCHULETA has an unexpected #Billboard No. 1. The Hollywood Reporter: @davidarchie

    Fred Bronson ‏@FredBronson 20h
    My Hollywood Reporter story on season 12 Idols telling stories behind the songs they’re performing on tour. #Idol

    sarahhazel ‏@ZeeNnGT 7h
    Celebrating GCT’s #1 spot by watching this! David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – A Wondrous Christmas

    NOW979 ‏@NOW979 3h
    Still on his mission but selling albums! Way to go David!

    Music Business ‏@MusicBizDaily
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    Rich Parkinson ‏@OneRichSong
    Random… but I may or may not have a song on the current #1 Billboard Classical album! I think I’ll go have dessert!

    Z100FM Manila ‏@Z100FMmanila
    #MusicNews: ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    DreamDTH ‏@dreamdthforum
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    Jason Scott ‏@JasontheScott
    .@AmericanIdol’s #1 chart total comes to 396 as David Archuleta’s album w Tabernacle Choir hits the top ► … #Idol

    Rich Parkinson ‏@OneRichSong
    Congrats to @DavidArchie & @MormonTabChoir for having the #1 Classical album on @billboard charts! Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

    American Idol ‏@AmericIdol24x7
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July – Hollywood Reporter

    Empire Media Center ‏@EmpireMediaCntr
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    Trend Style Daily ‏@TrendStyleDaily
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July Special pricing on the season seven …

    iTalent Group ‏@iTalentGroup
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    Music_newsnow ‏@Music_newsnow
    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    MerryChristmasRadio ‏@MerryXmasRadio
    David Archuleta’s Christmas CD Goes Gold…in July!

    My Merry Christmas ‏@netxmas
    David Archuleta’s Christmas CD Goes Gold…in July!: The Hollywood Reporter has just released a story indicating…

    The UCW Radio Show ‏@UCWNews
    #UCWRadio ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July #entertainment #news

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July


  44. djafan said

    And please join in the WWTT Party if you can!!!!!

    7pm PT – 10pm ET

    Always In Our Hearts David Archuleta

    LindaSpivey#DA2014 ‏@erlindita 8m
    WWTT for for @DavidlArchie in 2 1/2 hours. Always In Our Hearts David Archuleta.Please join us.if you can.


  45. bebereader said

    Congratulations to David! He isn’t here and is getting accolades! WTG!!

    I don’t know why this song was left off the official MoTab video in comment #43!

    credit HermesDTS


  46. djafan said

    Worldwide Trends · Change
    Damien Sandow
    Gulf of Mexico
    Always In Our Hearts David Archuleta


  47. djafan said

    Worldwide Trends · Change
    Always In Our Hearts David Archuleta
    Damien Sandow
    Gulf of Mexico


  48. bebereader said

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the Trending Party tonight, we trended Worldwide and in the United States!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    picture found on Twitter


  49. emmegirl14 said

    #43 – thanks for bringing that dja – WOW!


  50. poof said

    HAHAHA I told all of you I bought a “bunch” of GCTs! Good for David. Lucky world to have more copies of GCTs in it!


  51. jans11 said

    Yea! for trending David again tonight! Love seeing this every month. 🙂

    Wow! Never dreamed that the 5 more cds I bought would make David #1 again! AWESOME!!!!!


  52. Dayzee said

    Whoa!! Trending and grabbing #1 while not actively pursuing a career in music. That David can do anything.

    And speaking of David having super powers, I was wondering about the enigma of a small body encompassing a gigantic heart. Was thinking about when David leaves Chile (a common thought here) he will always have a place in his heart for the Chilean people. And I know he has a place for people of the Philippines. And I see video of him talking to people in the UK. Surely they remain in his heart. The invisible children. The lepers whose feet he bathed. The musicians he has enjoyed working with. People he met in Honduras when he visited there with his mother. Surely he has a big chunk of heart for his family. I think his mother has the penthouse. There is a place in his heart for his fans from all over the world, even me. Every time I met him I could feel the love in his heart for all of us.

    This heart has got to be unlimited in size.

    And there has got to be a sizable place for his kind of perfect special someone he has not yet found. Where will he find room for his other equipment, like lungs and tummy? No wonder he only has one working vocal chord. No room for 2 of those to be moving around.


  53. Abrra said

    FINALLY!! David does the Dougie!!

    For National Dance Day, thought it would be a good time to release 1 of the most requested videos in the “vault”! KS


    David Archuleta



  54. Angelica said


    That completes me.


  55. fenfan said

    Help!!!! I need someone to pick me off the floor!!!!!!


  56. 0–I—-<


  57. bebereader said

    HELP!!!!!!! I have a frozen smile on my face!!! Ay carumba!!!


  58. bluebar said

    When speechless; count on Paula Abdul to do the cheerleading:

    “David, you are ridiculous. I wanted to squish you, squeeze your head off, and dangle you from my rear-view mirror.”



  59. Abrra said

    Oh, I think that video in #53 needs to be FIXED–Abrra-style!

    David Archuleta Dances the Dougie! (MGR) Manila 2012
    edit by Abrra



  60. MT said

    Ahhhhhhh! David doing the Dougie!!!! 😀 😀 😀


  61. Dayzee said

    Wow! Worth the wait! Love the outfit. The shirt, the pants, the belt. Perfect. And a big Thanks to Abrra


  62. clairerolfe35 said

    I am thinking this might be up for discussion on chat tonight. Perhaps.


  63. Abrra said

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    Click the link to go



  64. djafan said

    Finally we see David dancing the dougie!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a great unexpected surprise! Didn’t think David was ever going to allow it out!!!

    Thank you David!!!!


  65. jans11 said

    Oh, good grief, Charlie Brown! David I love you to pieces!!! You can do anything! David doing the Dougie! Love it!! 🙂 ♥ 🙂 ♥


  66. emmegirl14 said

    David’s Dougie has done me in.
    I need more.


  67. djafan said

    MORE! MORE! MORE!!!!!!


  68. Dayzee said

    Beautiful pic at #63. It was like my scroller was broken and refused to leave it.


  69. jans11 said

    At work the other day when I took little 92 yr old Emma, who is blind, into the shop, she heard David singing and said “Oh, that’s that little Italian boy singing”! 🙂 I told her that he wasn’t Italian, his mom was born in Honduras and she said, “oh, but he sure can sing”! Of course I agreed with her! 🙂 So far they have called him David Enchilada and Italian! haha Never a dull moment over at work! Love them all! ♥


  70. bebereader said

    Haha David Enchilada! Love it! Spicy nacho!

    New article ——>>>>>


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