Abbie Bethell Staff Writer
Many have said that this season of Glee has been the best…in terms of the song selection. Now that we’ve gone past the halfway mark (sobs in the corner) I thought I would countdown the best songs of the season so far, this list features songs from 4x01 ‘The New Rachel’ all the way up to the newest episode 4x14 ‘I Do’ (before hiatus). The Glee cast have covered 83 songs so far this season, so as you can imagine whittling down the list to just 15 was super hard, here goes: (Possible spoilers ahoy!)
Come See About Me– Finally the Unholy Trinity made a comeback! After three seasons’ fans were eagerly awaiting another number from the popular trio and in 4x08 ‘Thanksgiving’ we finally got to see them reunited, singing The Supremes hit ‘Come See About Me’. With Quinn taking the lead in this one, Brittany and Santana provided perfect harmonies for the memorable performance, memories from episode two, season one anyone?
There Are Worse Things I Could Do– They’ve previously tried their hand at the likes of The Rocky Horror Show and West Side Story, Season 4 was all about Grease! Episode 4x06 ‘Glease’ marked the brief return of Glee’s recently graduated seniors Santana, Mike, Kurt and Rachel. All of whom broke up with their over half in 4x04 The Break-Up episode, returning to McKinley wasn’t going to be easy. After Wade/Unique is told he isn’t allowed to play the part of Rizzo, temporary Glee club mentor Finn, decides to call on “the obvious choice” Santana Lopez. Santana takes the lead on this one after a sweet conversation with Brittany, with input from Cassandra July (Rachel’s evil dance teacher at NYADA who steals Miss Berry’s new love interest, Brody) and Wade/Unique. This song fits the circumstances for these three characters perfectly, with Naya Rivera owning it as always!
Torn– Since the beginning of season 4 people could see that Rachel Berry in New York was rather different to the Rachel Berry we seen in Ohio. After moving to the big apple, getting a place at the well-respected performing arts school NYADA and a possessing a new care-free attitude, this Rachel Berry needed a reality check. In 4x12 ‘Naked’ we saw the ‘old’ Rachel duet with the ‘new’ Rachel, singing the Natalie Imbruglia song ‘Torn’. This song was prompted after Rachel was asked to play a role in a student film that required her to be nude. It was a good way to show the inner conflict Rachel was having whilst duetting with herself and of course Lea Michele killed it again!
Never Say Never– In the season 4 première we were introduced to a number of new characters, who go on to become the newest New Directions. Jake Puckerman – that’s right there’s another one… sings The Fray’s ‘Never Say Never’. With a voice that heavenly, it had to be included in the list, not only does Jacob Artist who plays the character, have a lovely, unique voice, his bad boy gone good character also resembles that of his older half-brother Noah Puckerman’s earlier days.
New York State of Mind– Again, another from the first episode of season 4, cleverly entitled ‘The New Rachel’ we see this has two meanings. ‘New York State of Mind’ is performed by Rachel Berry and new sophomore student Marley Rose. Their duet is shown cutting between the two locations NYADA and McKinley. Although we’re only just introduced to Marley, we already see that this song marks a new beginning for both characters, with Marley being ‘The New Rachel’ of the group and Rachel Berry herself, starting a new chapter in her life, therefore also ‘The New Rachel’.
It’s Time– Also a song from 4x01, Blaine covers new breakthrough band Imagine Dragons singing hit song ‘It’s Time’. The whole point of the song is Blaine urging Kurt (who doesn’t know what to do with his life after graduating and being rejected from NYADA) to go to New York and follow his dreams. With an energetic performance from Darren Criss, we see a possible reason behind the ‘cup craze’ also featured in the 2012 film ‘Pitch Perfect’.
We’ve Got Tonight– In the most recent episode of Glee we seen the first duet this season from popular couple Finchel (Finn & Rachel). 4x14 ‘I Do’ shows the former couple reuniting to sing Bob Seger’s ‘We’ve Got Tonight’ at the reception of the Wemma (Will and Emma) wedding which doesn’t actually go ahead. This is an interesting duet, because it proceeds to show a number of some (very surprising) hook-ups between characters on the show. This musical number goes from being an enchanting song between two high-school sweethearts, to jaw-dropping within the space of 3 minutes 55 seconds. The couples who hook-up; Bertie (Artie & Betty), Quinntana (Quinn & Santana), and Klaine (Kurt & Blaine), and Jarley (Jake & Marley) who didn’t hook up in the end all feature, singing a line separately in the song.
This Is the New Year– Some people have referred to this as ‘Don’t Stop Believin 2.0’ and I can agree… to an extent. Obviously nothing can beat the original, but this group number comes fairly close. Another song from 4x12 ‘Naked’, The New Directions take on A Great Big World’s hit, ‘This Is the New Year’. Ryan Murphy leaked the performance a few days before the episode aired, it looked and sounded great then, but seeing it in context with the rest of the episode, this song was the perfect choice and a great way to end one of season 4’s best episodes!
Nutbush City Limits– Episode 13 ‘Diva’ marked the return of Lima’s own Diva, Santana Lopez. This lively performance from the cheerio was refreshing to see, as we haven’t had many routines
thatenergetic this season. Many people weren’t too keen on this song choice a few days prior, however once they’d seen the performance, they seemed to change their mind. In a recent interview Alex Newell, who plays Wade/Unique jokes Naya ‘stole his vocal chords’ referring to the number of high notes she reaches in the song. A surprise favourite for me!
Home/Homeward Bound– What is there not to love about this performance? In the ‘Thanksgiving’ episode 4x08 all the graduates return except Rachel and Kurt who decide to spend the holiday in NY. Finn, Quinn, Puck, Mike, Mercedes and Santana reunite to sing this mash-up of ‘Home’ by Phillip Phillips and ‘Homeward Bound’ by Simon and Garfunkel. It’s almost a tease, because we know we won’t get another song featuring that many of the original cast again for a while. The harmonies between the group are faultless, and this performance, gives those who have fell out of love with the show, a reason to tune in!
Some Nights– Last season they covered hit song of 2012 ‘We Are Young’ by Fun. In the seventh episode of the season ‘Dynamic Duets’, the glee club are at it again with a cover of ‘Some Nights’. After almost re-joining the Warblers, Blaine reunites with the ND, stronger than ever and just in time for Sectionals. They perform the song in red t-shirts identical to the ones first worn in the pilot episode, where they sing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ Finn watches them perform whilst most likely casting his mind back and seeing the resemblance.
Don’t Dream It’s Over– In the ninth episode of season four, the New Direction reunite once again, in a snowy setting, after being disqualified at sectionals (due to Marley fainting) and the loss of performance space at the auditorium due to this. The whole episode ‘Swan Song’ focuses on the characters losing belief in what they love. With nowhere to practice, the New Directions see it as time to give up on Glee until the next competition. Whereas in New York, Kurt doesn’t see a future for him at NYADA after being told he isn’t allowed to re-audition, however as the title of the song suggests, they don’t give up hope, Kurt is allowed to audition for NYADA at the winter showcase, and during this performance, he tells Rachel he got accepted;. The New Directions aren’t so lucky; however they show that they have each other!
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)– Jake Puckerman presents a beautifully slowed down version of Ne-Yo’s song ‘Let Me Love You’. Whilst serenading girlfriend Marley, Jake attempts to express his love for her, the only way glee members can, by singing her a song. He manages to subtly hint that he loves her through the song, as they have yet to say ‘those three words’. 4X12 ‘Naked’ is a strong episode for the couple as they also sing Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ - I would’ve loved to include that song somewhere in the list, but there wasn’t enough room (damn it glee for having such good songs this season!) Anyway, Jacob Artist sings the song in a completely unique way, to make it easy to separate this version from the original.
The Scientist– The runner up is…The Scientist! In 4x04 The Break-Up, after all the relationships are tested and only one comes out alive, The Scientist has the title for the best group number that had me tearing up at the same time. Finn, Rachel, Santana, Brittany, Kurt, Blaine, Will and Emma all come together to sing one of Coldplay’s best songs in my opinion. In a heart breaking performance about how hard it is to let go of the person you love. The audio on its own is very touching, yet the performance itself gives me goose bumps, it’s so raw and emotional, which is why it makes it one of the best songs Glee have done to date!
Mine– And the winner is Mine!! You guessed it, another song from 4x04 ‘The Break-Up’ episode. Before I wrote this list, I already knew what my Number One would be. There was no doubt about it, that ‘Mine’ was the clear front runner. Not only is Naya Rivera’s voice even more incredible and flawless in this song (who knew it was possible?) Santana really seems to sing to Brittany with real passion and emotion in her voice. I’m not ashamed to say that I can’t watch this performance without crying my eyes out (I’m sure I’m not alone). The arrangement of the song is completely different to the original by Taylor Swift. Performed in the choir room, Santana says to Brittany she’ll let the music speak for her because sometimes words aren’t enough - This bit already had me going. She then proceeds to sing ‘Mine’ and you see the pair crying; it really tugs on your heartstrings. Therefore this song is a clear winner, not only is it beautifully sung, but the performance is just really moving. Some sources even say Heather was crying for real during this scene, and no fake tears were used!
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Glee returns after a 3-week hiatus on Thursday 7th March 9.30/8.30c.