SideReel Counts Down The Top 10 Best Glee Songs!

The larger-than-life characters, their multiple love triangles (which oftentimes turn into squares), the hilarity of the many politically-incorrect ways that "Sue Cs It," the melodrama of a faux pregnancy gone terribly wrong (as I'm sure most faux pregnancies do) -- the list of reasons to love Glee is practically endless. But if I had to pick just one reason I can't get enough of the show that has officially earned #1 priority on my extremely busy TiVo, it's got to be the music! By default, it's not exactly wholly original (after all, Glee is all about covers), but that doesn't make it any less AWESOME. The Gleeks somehow never fail to put a modern spin on a classic song, turn a campy show tune totally radio-worthy, or make even a recent hit sound completely unique (I actually hated Rihanna's "Take a Bow" before Rachel Berry made it her anti-Finn anthem)! And any TV show soundtrack that can make you laugh, cry, dance, and sing along, sometimes all at the same time (don't lie, I know I'm not the only one!), deserves some serious praise!



Now, you gotta hear me out. Choosing only 10 songs from a huge arsenal of hits that have not only topped the iTunes charts for the past year but have also become the soundtrack of my entire life (well, I guess 4 soundtracks now, officially) was no easy feat. I had to take many things into consideration: the impressiveness of the vocal chops, the evocativeness of the tone (watch out, I'm getting technical here!), its relevance to the show, its potential as a jam-worthy hit even out of the episode's context... while overall trying to maintain a nice well-rounded list. Now keep in mind that I also compiled this list when Idina Menzel hasn't sung yet on the show -- she's definitely a game-changer in my book! In any case, after much deliberation (& I'll admit, a little "eenie-meenie-miney-mo" action for those too-difficult decisions), I've finally come up with what I think are the top 10 best Glee songs to date, including some convenient iTunes links for easy downloading if you don't already have them yet in your collection!


10. True Colors

Tina finally gets her big solo moment in Hairography, and although Artie may not have been her biggest fan at the time, we can't help but love her!


9. Sweet Caroline

Whoa. Puck has a sensitive side? While his inner softie went right back into hiding after his guitar-accompanied solo in Mash-Up, his rendition of the Neil Diamond classic had us all swooning (okay, maybe not all of us... but I'm guilty fo sho)!


8. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

We love Rachel and all, but she's not all that. Mercedes is sick of her stealing her thunder and finally steps it up to stake her claim as the superior soloist when she totally kills the "Dreamgirls" power ballad (in a good way!) in the Sectionals episode.


7. Gold Digger

Heck yes, Mr. Schuester can rap! In Showmance, he finally gives his disgruntled performers some more "modern" music to perform. & in a time where Kanye doesn't have too many people on his side lately, Will puts a much more likable spin on the hit!


6. My Life Would Suck Without You

Will & Emma finally kiss. A half-season's worth of sexual tension released after Sectionals. Enough said.


5. Imagine

In Hairography, New Directions lends some helping hands to one of their competitor glee clubs in one of the most poignant moments of the season!


4. Don't Rain On My Parade -- We always knew Lea Michele had some serious pipes, but she really pulled out all the stops when she belted out Barbara Streisand's hit during a last-minute set change in Sectionals! Talk about saving the show!



3. Don't Stop Believin'

The one that started it all, this song was the very initial promising glimpse of New Directions' potential. When the Pilot preview first aired last May, this first single is all we had to hold us over until the first season officially premiered in the fall!


2. Like A Prayer

In an overall relatively underwhelming second half of the season, The Power of Madonna's choir-esque "Like a Prayer" number injected a healthy dose of much-needed energy! Ironically, this entire number was cut off from people's TiVo recordings (thanks a lot American Idol!), so if you missed it, it's a must-watch!


1. Somebody To Love

After so much exhausting and emotionally-draining glee club quits and bail-outs and drama, this performance from The Rhodes Not Taken finally brought the team back together once and for all (or so we thought at the time). It was joyous (though I guess gleeful is a better word), it was poignant, it was high-energy, & it gave viewers that much-needed guarantee that New Directions was back on-track and serious about the competition. Plus, Mercedes' ridiculous high-note alone was enough to send me straight to iTunes to get this number on my iPod, STAT!



Do you agree with my list? Don't be afraid to fight me on it if you've got a favorite I missed... I'm open to some serious Glee debate!

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May 4, 2010 5:36PM EDT

Keep holding on was awesome. So touching. Perfect song to sum up what was going on with Quinn and her pregnancy.

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May 4, 2010 5:56PM EDT

This is my Top 10:
1.Like a prayer2.Somebody to love3.Don't stop believing4.Don't rain on my parade5.Defying gravity6.Gives you hell7.Endless love8.You can't always get what you want9.Alone10.It's my life/Confessions Mash-up

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May 4, 2010 5:58PM EDT

@FranciscoJ2 -- "Alone" & "It's My Life/Confessions" are 2 great ones I missed! Wish I could give them honorable mentions! I looove Kristen Chenoweth & I think the boys totally crushed the girls in the mash-up ;)

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ShanealR
May 4, 2010 6:01PM EDT

I agree with all of them especially somebody to love. When Mercedes hit that high-note i got chills, literally:)

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May 4, 2010 7:00PM EDT

I vote for Keep Holding On as probably my absolute top favorite. Very emotional, and beautifully done. My other top five were ones that I found myself singing later on that week!1. Keep Holding On2. Imagine3. Parade4. Not Going5. Beautiful6. Like a Prayer7. Somebody to Love8. Sweet Caroline9. Its My Life10. Gold Digger

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May 4, 2010 7:17PM EDT

Love your list, but why no love for the Groff? I loved the Hello duet. ;p
My top ten would be:
1. Like A Prayer2. Somebody To Love3. Imagine4. Beautiful5. You Can't Always Get What You Want6. Gives You Hell7. Jump (because I was a child of the 80s and that song was my anthem!)8. Smile (Charlie Chaplin) - shed a teeny bit of tear there.9. Don't Stop Believin'10. Hello (I love Jonathan Groff's voice. Swoon.)

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May 4, 2010 7:26PM EDT

@Binkybinky -- haha good call, I love Groff too, but I just couldn't decide! he IS technically in "Like a Prayer!" ;) Can't wait for more of him this season!

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May 4, 2010 10:40PM EDT

I have to add my Top Ten so far this season:10. Sweet Caroline9. Imagine8. Don't Stop Believing7. Gives You Hell ("I focused on the first syllable"!)6. Defying Gravity ("It's well within my range")5. Rain on My Parade ("Well, I do have something that I've been working on since I was four")4. My Life Would Suck ("We have something for you")3. And I'm Telling You ("Do I even have to tell you?")2. It's My Life/Confessions1. A House is Not a Home ("When will you realize that nothing is impossible when you are talking about love?")

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May 5, 2010 2:24AM EDT

good list but you totally forgot about defying gravity!!!!

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May 5, 2010 2:30AM EDT

@JulianaFlorez -- that's one of the ones I had to flip a coin for!! it lost :( amazing song though!

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May 5, 2010 6:38AM EDT

I mis Defying gravity and It's my life/confessions on your list they and up in my top 3 iff i have to make one ..

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May 5, 2010 2:54PM EDT

10. Keep Holding On9. Don't Stand So Close To Me/ Young Girl8. My Life Would Suck Without You7. Don't Stop Believing6. Hello Goodbye5. Run Joey Run4. Don't Rain On My Parade3. Borderline/ Open Your Heart2. Somebody to Love1. Like a Prayer

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May 7, 2010 1:00PM EDT

10.My Life Would Suck Without You9.Don't Stop Believing8.Don't Stand So Close To Me7.Gold Digger6.Alone5.Crush4.Papa Don't Preach3.True Colours2.Bust A Move1.Halo/Walking on Sunshine Mash-up

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May 8, 2010 8:09PM EDT

Total Eclipse of the Heart and Finn's rendition of Hello, I Love You!!!!!

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May 9, 2010 12:04PM EDT

I don't have a real top 10. To much good songs ;) But Glee helps me introduce me to songs I did not know or haven't listen to in a while. It gives my ipod some new songs :)

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May 11, 2010 3:01PM EDT

The only one i would say you missed is Lean on Me. Artie is my favorite singer and he is amazing on this song.

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May 12, 2010 12:30PM EDT

If we are to give credit for vocal capacity...
1. And I Am Telling You2. Defying Gravity3. Like a Prayer4. Maybe This Time5. Don't Rain on My Parade6. Endless Love7. Beautiful8. Total Eclipse of the Heart9. Somebody To Love10.I'll Stand By You

My favorite Glee songs (my evaluation is based on both the emotional depth and poignancy, the context of the song and its vocal prowess):
1. Like a Prayer2. Don't Stop Believing3. Keep Holding On4. Don't Rain on My Parade5. Hello6. Defying Gravity7. Total Eclipse of the Heart8. And I'm Telling You9. Beautiful10. Take a Bow

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May 13, 2010 9:01AM EDT

here's mine :D if i can manage to choose...... i love almost every single one!!!!
10. You Keep Me Hangin' On
9. It's My Life / Confessions
8. Gold Digger
7. Gives You Hell
6. Run Joey Run
5. Don't Stop Believin'
4. Sweet Caroline
3. Hello, I Love You
2. Jessie's Girl
1. I'll Stand By You
i absolutely love finn's voice in those rock songs, its incredible. as you can see in my top 3 :P

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Jun 6, 2010 8:29AM EDT

I can't believe nobody mentioned "Bust your windows" by Amber/Mercedes. So cool. It's a shame they won't let her have more solos. She's just as good as Lea.

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