The weirdest thing about David Cook's sudden smash success after his

American Idol

win isn't that he landed three songs in the iTunes Top 10 - the coronation song "The Time of My Life" at No. 1, his pick of the original songs "Dream Big" at No. 7 and his cover of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" at No. 10.

What's strange is the songs America has embraced.

Most would say his take on Collective Soul's "The World I Know" was his best performance, but it's the weakest chart performer of his songs, currently No. 18. Is that because people realized they don't really like the song, even if he did a good job?

And can anyone explain the strong showing of "Dream Big," an also-ran in the songwriting competition and pretty much as bland as they come as a power-pop anthem? Many of Cook's own pre-


songs are way better.