On an earlier post, I raved about how much I love Glee from the sole basis of its pilot episode. Well, after the show came out on DVD, I watched the entire show in just 2 days! I can’t wait for the second half of the first season in April sweep with a whole Madonna episode and appearances by Olivia Newton-John and Molly Shannon. So in good retrospection of the first 13 episodes, I’m posting my 5 absolute favorite songs. I had to slim it down to only 5 because every song is addictively good. These chosen 5 “gleefully” got me off my seat and immediately hooked on the show as each shows eccentricity, passion, heart, and a completely new spin on the classics. Also here are the other songs that I couldn’t post in the countdown: “Somebody To Love,” “Say A Little Prayer,” “Hate On Me,” “Proud Mary,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” “Crush,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Bust Your Windows.”
5. “Push It” (from Showmance)
How do you beat the 1970s disco hit “Le Freak?” By singing Salt n’ Pepa’s “Push It” in a school auditorium announcing that high school kids are just as horny as adults, of course. It’s the best way to get everybody’s attention, recruit new singers, and make a grand scene that Glee has the natural pizzazz. All six members were fierce, sexual creatures. Thank you for the shock value.
4. “Dancing With Myself” (from Wheels)
A solo hit that made a big impression as it highlighted the club’s disabled singer (Kevin Mchale) in all his gleeful glory. He glides by himself all over the stage singing Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself” in a more relaxed and mellow tone. It is an achievement considering the original message was about masturbation. Hush, Hush.
3. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (from Sectionals)
Showtunes! Aw, I love it. Lea Michele belts her singing chops in the competition using Barbara Streisand’s golden Funny Girl hit. With as much heart and bravado like Babs, I rooted for the New Directions to take first place. Her performance makes me wish life was a musical. It would be grander.
2. “Imagine “(from Hairography)
You wouldn’t think a group of deaf singers could beat a bunch of crazy-haired showstoppers. Oh, but they did by bringing so much heart and added layers of meaning to John Lennon’s harmonious song. Sometimes you don’t need all the dancesteps. All you need is a vision and the god-given talents you were blessed with.
1. “Single Ladies” (from Preggers)
For a football team that never has won a game, it took flashy Beyonce steps to shape the manly football team to finally win. Glee’s gay baritone singer (Chris Colfer) needs to impress his dad so he recruits himself to join the sportsteam with unexpected results. It’s probably THE highlight of season one. How can you beat a team of football players dancing to Beyonce? Answer: You simply can’t.
Go Gleeks! Please Don’t Be Offended If I Omitted one of your favorites. And for the record, I love Jane Lynch. She needs to sing.