With Glee finally closing its doors, so let’s look back at the show’s best musical moments:
20. “I Dreamed A Dream” Lea Michele & Idina Menzel
Lea Michele and Idina Menzel singing the epic Broadway tune. How do you go wrong? It doesn’t.
19. “Mine” Naya Rivera
I can’t stand the original Taylor Swift version, but Glee transformed the song has an acoustic love ballad, and Naya infuses such emotion into it. Much better.
18. “Dancing With Myself” Kevin McHale
Another transformation of a song is this acoustic version of a 1980s pop classic. Totally works.
17. “As If We Never Said Goodbye” Chris Colfer
Glee rarely lets the full version of a song play out on the tv show (they usually cut it down to a 2 minute version for the episode), but they let this song play out as Kurt returned to McKinley for good reason.
16. “Forget You” Gwyneth Paltrow
There’s something about Gwyneth singing pop songs on Glee that just works. She’s done “Happy”, “Singin’ In The Rain/Umbrella”, and “Turning Tables”, but her first remains her most memorable.
15. “Teenage Dream” Darren Criss
One of the biggest selling singles the show has ever done, Blaine lead an a capella version of the Katy Perry hit.
14. “Forever Young” Matthew Morrison
Morrison’s solos usually aren’t the greatest, but he finally got a winner in this slowed down Rod Stewart cover.
13. “Valerie” Naya Rivera
Santana finally got a solo at Sectionals in season 2, and she freakin’ nailed it. It’s hard to rival Amy Winehouse’s take on the song, but Naya Rivera does.
12. “Boogie Shoes” Alex Newell
This performance is basically the reason Alex got signed up to be a full-time cast member on the show.
11. “Let Me Love You (Until You Love Yourself)” Jacob Artist
The “new kids” don’t make much of an impact on this list, but Artist stunned with this piano version of the Ne-Yo dance track. This kid has the goods.
10. “I Feel Pretty / Unpretty” Lea Michele & Dianna Agron
This ambitious mashup of a West Side Story song with a TLC track shouldn’t work, but it does.
9. “Getting Married Today” Jayma Mays, Matthew Morrison & Amber Riley
One of the zaniest numbers the show has ever done soars because of the (underutilized) Jayma Mays.
8. “We Are Young” Glee Cast
Coming in season 4, it finally got the whole cast singing together again.
7. “Smooth Criminal” Naya Rivera & Grant Gustin
This is just awesome. Bringing in 2 Cellos, and adding Naya and Grant’s voice makes you realize that a cover of the MJ classic was totally necessary.
6. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Glee Cast
Of course, right? I prefer this Regionals version (the show has now done this song 4 times), where most of the cast gets solos.
5. “Maybe This Time” Kristin Chenoweth & Lea Michele
Coming in episode 3 of season 1, it made us all realize what a force to be reckoned with Lea Michele was when she more than holds her own alongside Kristin Chenoweth.
4. “How Will I Know” Lea Michele, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley & Chris Colfer
Taking the 4 best vocalists on the show, their tribute to Whitney Houston is beautiful.
3. “Shake It Out” Naya Rivera, Amber Riley & Jenna Ushkowitz
Another a capella cover is this gorgeous version of the Florence and The Machine track.
2. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” Lea Michele
Yes, Naya Rivera’s version is awesome, but it wouldn’t be as awesome if Lea Michele’s version hadn’t come first. Performing it in season 1, it still remains Lea’s best musical moment on the show. She’ll never top it, and that’s okay.
1. “Rumor Has It / Someone Like You” Naya Rivera & Amber Riley
There’s a reason this one went viral after it aired. The unexpected mashup of the 2 Adele songs is genius, the choreography and staging is killer, but Naya Rivera’s passion here takes it to a whole other level. It was from this point on that Naya went from a supporting player on this show to a “star”.