We simply LOVED compiling this list, so, with no further ado, here are our nine favourite Glee cover songs, ever. Enjoy!
1. Total Eclipse of the Heart
2. Singing in the Rain/Umbrella
This mash-up from season two is made all the more watchable by Gwyneth Paltrow’s impressive performance as she goes head-to-head with Will Schuester. Gwynnie’s feisty rendition of Rihanna’s classic ‘Umbrella’ is cut up with Matthew Morrison’s sprightly ‘Singing in the Rain.’ The result? An almost seamless transition between the songs that had us asking where all that chemistry between Morrison and Paltrow had come from…
3. Poker Face
In a bizarre and emotional finale, Rachel finally came face-to-face with her birth mother. Who could have forseen that mummy dearest would be the coach of competing team Vocal Adrenaline? Not us, but then talent like that always runs in the blood. In a raw moment, Rachel and her mother tear apart Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ in a stripped-down way that brings a fresh and new feeling to the dancefloor filler.
4. Halo/Walking on Sunshine
We love a girls vs. boys face-off. In season one, during this epic mash-up performance, the girls came out on top with a spectacular take on Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ meets the classic Katrina and The Waves’ ‘Walking on Sunshine’. It left the boys, and ourselves, speechless.
5. Forget You
‘What would you know about Cee Lo? Cause you’re, like, 40,’ Santana quipped at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holliday character. ‘Top 40, sweetcheeks,’ Holliday responded, before conquering Cee Lo’s smash hit ‘Forget You.’ Ok, so we know we’ve already featured her, but it’s GWYNNIE, singing on Glee, ok? It also culminated in her sharing the stage with Cee Lo at The Grammy’s in 2011- art imitating life, people.
6. Don’t Stop Believin’
The Glee cast’s very first group number is still one of our favourites. The anthemic Don’t Stop Believin’ is brought to life with all the campness you’d hope for from a group number. We might (definitely) even prefer it to the original.
7. Vogue By Madonna
Of course, Sue Sylvester is Madonna-mad. This is the Cheerios coach’s finest moment, and we cried with laughter as the ball-buster ‘Vogued’ like a champ.
8. Teenage Dream
Ok, we were always rooting for Glee Club, but we’re not alone in hearting The Dalton Academies’ version of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. This was a record-breaking debut and it was the best-selling Glee single ever.
9. Safety Dance
This moment captured the very essence of what Glee was about – underdogs overcoming adversity. Arty, permanently bound to his wheelchair, has this moment to dream. Desperate to dance, we’re allowed to see a glimpse of what Arty might do if he could – inspiring and heart-wrenching, Arty’s initiation of a flash-mob to the cult ‘Safety Dance’ is one of our all time favourite Glee moments.
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