There’s one little ray of sunshine that comes our way every Thursday: Glee. Each week, the kids (and, sometimes, teachers) at McKinley High come together to produce catchy little numbers that are worthy of a download. In fact, a quick look at the iTunes charts shows that people love these musical performances — and these aren’t jazzy little teeny-bopper ditties: Last night’s boys versus girls mash-up episode featured “It’s My Life/Confessions” and “Halo/Walking On Sunshine,” which are ranked Nos. 9 and 12, respectively, on iTunes this afternoon, and seven other songs are in the top 100. Below, the Hulu Team looks at some of our favorite hits spawned by Glee. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor
“It’s My Life/Confessions, Pt. II”
Mr. Schuester pitted the guys against the gals in “Vitamin D” last night in an effort to prevent complacency in the ranks as sectionals approach. (Turns out they’re competing against a halfway house and a school for the deaf). The guys channeled their inner Jon Bon Jovis — with a little Usher, too — in a rock-tinged blend of “It’s My Life” and “Confessions, Pt. II.” Of course, they had a little help, thanks to Mrs. Shuester, who played school nurse in the episode.
“Halo/Walking On Sunshine”
Meanwhile, the girls — also with a little help from Mrs. Schuester’s “vitamins” — put on a peppy show choir number with Beyonce’s “Halo” and Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine.” In the episode, glee club superstar Rachel declared that the girls’ performance would be better than the boys’ — but if you look at the iTunes charts today, it looks like the boys won.
“Somebody To Love”
Ask most people what their favorite Glee number to date has been, and you’ll discover it’s probably not “Gold Digger,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” or “Rehab.” It’s most likely the club’s version of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.” Take a look and decide for yourself.
This cover (of Heart’s 1987 No. 1 hit) pays tribute to Mr. Shuester’s past. In last week’s “The Rhodes Not Taken,” Will tracks down a former glee club crush to get some help with the modern-day glee kids. As they reminisce about the good old days, April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) and Will start to sing “Alone,” karaoke style. We love the Wilson sisters, but wow, April really brings it home as Will sings harmony.
“Maybe This Time”
Once again, Kristin Chenoweth showed us why she’s a Tony winner in this “Cabaret” montage from “The Rhodes Not Taken:” her character may have been a boozy washup, but she stole the show — and our hearts. (Of course, Rachel deserves double-billing on this one, too.) Since this former “Pushing Daisies” star is between gigs, maybe we’ll get to see more of her in future episodes. Otherwise, get this powerhouse a musical series of her own, stat!
In the “Preggers” episode from week four, diva Rachel decides she’s too big a star for glee club and tries out for the school musical, instead. Her audition piece? Celine Dion, of course. It takes a big voice to pull off Celine, but our Broadway star pulls it off with style. No offense to Ms. Dion, but we may even prefer Rachel’s version to the original.
“American Idol” alum Carrie Underwood won us over with her No. 1 country hit, “Last Name.” The Glee show choir (and April Rhodes once again) busted out the cowboy boots and big belt buckles as they sang and line-danced away and gave us a whole new reason to love this song. Who needs Rachel, anyway?
“Take A Bow”
The first episode of the first season of Glee wrapped with a sad, sweet cover of Rhianna’s “Take A Bow” by Rachel (Lea Michelle). Full of plaintive glances at her crush, Finn, it provided one of the first moments where we actually found ourselves rooting for the overeager overachiever.
“Bust Your Windows”
Glee diva Mercedes took the lead in this cover, seeking revenge on a fellow “gleek,” fan favorite Kurt. As she takes a rock to his windshield, she delivered this catchy version of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.” We don’t know about you, but it’s one we don’t mind hearing again and again on our iPods.
Which Glee songs have you already downloaded?