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The 10 Best Glee Songs

February 20, 2011  |  7:00am

Now that the cast of Glee has officially topped Elvis and The Beatles, we decided to take a look at some of the best songs recorded by the cast over the course of the show’s two seasons.

10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

Appearing in the pilot, “Don’t Stop Believin’” was the song that caused Mr. Schuester to fully commit to the glee club and began the series’ long love affair with Journey. The cast has performed “Don’t Stop Believin’” three times over the course of the show.

9. “Forget You (Fuck You)” – Cee Lo Green

Gwyneth Paltrow lent her voice to the Glee-ified version of the profanity-filled hit. Paltrow once again performed the song with Cee Lo himself (dressed as a trippy bird) at this year’s Grammy ceremony.

8. “Take A Bow” – Rhianna

Rachel sings Rhianna’s hit about a jilted lover after she is turned down by Finn in the episode “Showmance.”

7. “Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child

When Kurt left New Directions to join The Dalton Academy Warblers, we were introduced to an a capella group that has come to provide some of the best vocal performances on the show.

6. “Thriller/Heads Will Roll” – Michael Jackson/The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

In this year’s Super Bowl episode, the cast took it to the next level when they covered The King of Pop’s classic hit “Thriller” mashed up with “Heads Will Roll” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The performance was one of the show’s best, complete with full zombie makeup.

5. “Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Barbra Streisand

After the set list for the cast’s first sectionals performance is stolen and performed by their competitors, they are forced to immediately choose different songs. Rachel Berry helps save the day with an enthusiastic solo rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. The performance solidified Rachel’s role as the resident Streisand on the show (as if there was in doubt).

4. “The Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + The Machine

The cast of Glee finally went indie with “The Dog Days Are Over” during the second season’s sectionals performance.

3. “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga

In the Gaga episode of Glee, Rachel Berry and her estranged mother turned Lady’s dance-pop hit into a beautiful duet backed by a simple piano arrangement.

2. “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” – Cast of Dreamgirls

Mercedes proves her worth as a soloist with this emotional soul song from the Broadway show Dreamgirls.

1. “Defying Gravity” – Cast of Wicked

The sing-off for “Defying Gravity” showcases Kurt Hummel’s extraordinary vocal range and results in a wonderful duet with Rachel. The song about casting off limitations and naysayers if a perfect summary of one of the show’s major themes. The characters are constantly struggling to defy gravity despite the taunts and jeers that are an unfortunate side affect of being a high school student with a passion for something that is considered un-cool.

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