Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Glee: Top 5 Numbers

Glee is heading to sectionals tomorrow and then leaving us for FOUR MONTHS. I don't know how I'm going to handle that long of an hiatus! To help me get through this, I've been watching some of the best musical numbers from the season, all up on Hulu's Glee: A Dozen Musical Numbers page. Don't have time for all 12 before they expire? Well, here are my Top 5 numbers leading up to sectionals:

1. "It's My Life/Confessions"

I loved both the mashups in "Vitamin D", but the guys totally won this one. The best songs are the show are when the glee kids take a song and rearrange it. Otherwise, it's too similar to the original and just will never stand out in my mind. Give songs the "Glee" treatment and I'm there! Just sing a song exactly the same old way and I get bored fast.

2. "Lean on Me"

I'm a sucker for the sappy songs too. I almost put "Keep Holding On" here too, but then that would have been two Glee-cheers-up-Quinn-and-Finn moments and this list needed diversity. For

3. "Don't Stop Believing"

This was the routine that made Will believe New Directions could win Regionals and it was the routine that won over the viewers too. This number was strong enough to keep us on bated breath for the show's return 5 months after they aired the pilot in May. Let's hope they leave us with just as great a number tomorrow in the Fall Finale. I still can't believe we have to wait until APRIL.

4. "Hate on Me"

Mercedes can siiiiing. This was the first time she got her own song and it was great. She's usually just the diva-tastic cherry on top to the glee numbers, so this was a nice change of pace.

5. "Dancing With Myself"

Another great moment where a secondary character got to shine. I think Artie has the best voice out of the guys, so it was great that he finally got his solo. I also love when the songs are used to serve a storytelling purpose, instead of just shoe-horned in to have a musical number. This song was a great window into his loneliness as the handicapped friend, and transitioned Artie from an afterthought to a full character.

Update: Volume 2 comes out today. Check out the track listing!


  1. Found you on the LAT ShowTracker Blog. I must admit I am a 61 y/o GLEEK and proud of it. Love this show and it is difficult for me to pick my 5 top numbers though I loved The Rhodes Not Taken episode as Kristin Chenowith is da Bomb. Jane, Jayma and the entire cast are the best. This show should win a number of emmys. Great writing acting direction.

    Love Glee. Don't know how to survive 4 months without but from the LAT today with the addition of Idina Menzel and after viewing tonights episode the wait will be worth it.

  2. @Raphael: Thanks for checking out my blog and commenting! I loved The Rhodes Not Taken, being a big KChen fan and missing Pushing Daisies especially.

    The Glee Fall Finale was great! Loved the musical numbers, especially the ending where it was cut with Will/Emma's resolution. I'm excited to see what they do in second half of the season!

  3. Awesome list, I'm a huge fan of Glee, and the song from above which I didn't really like would be Dancing With Myself.

    My favourite five releases from the show are, in order:


    Other mentions are Halo/Walking on Sunshine, True Colours, Don't Stand So Close To Me/Young Girl and And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.

    I like a lot of the songs that are included on disc two of the Glee soundtrack and can't wait for the rest of the season!

  4. I would definitely include My Life Would Suck Without You! I made this list before the finale aired, which is the only reason it's not on here. I loved how they cut between the kids singing and Emma and Will's budding romance.