Thursday, 26 May 2011

I'm A Gleek #2, #30 - 21

Season 2 of Glee is done and dusted (at least for American audiences), with a pretty stellar finale capping off an enjoyable yet extremely inconsistent second year. I don't want to spoil anything for those that haven't seen the last couple of episodes, so instead of talking about the storylines and (lack of) character development, let's just jump straight into the music. This time last year we did a countdown of the twenty best songs from the first season. Taking it one step further to compensate for so many extra songs, we're bumping the second season list to thirty! Here's the best songs Glee offered us in season 2...

Honourable Mentions

'Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me' (Emma)
from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

'Blackbird' (Kurt and The Warblers)
originally by The Beatles

'Landslide' (Holly, Santana and Brittany)
originally by Fleetwood Mac

#30. Tik Tok (New Directions)
originally by Ke$ha

"Tik and also Tok by rapper Key-Dollar Sign-Ha." This scene came together perfectly. The cough medicine + booze cocktail, complete with a cheers to Ke$ha. Brittany taking the lead and showing us what we already knew... that she is AWESOME. Everything is going very, very well for the New Directions and then Brittany vomits. Into Rachel's mouth. "Everybody drink responsibly."

#29. I Follow Rivers (Tina)
originally by Lykke Li

Tina. So underutilised. Which is why it was nice to see her getting some time to shine in the 'Night of Neglect' episode. An episode that was meant to highlight both neglected characters and some artists that are often overlooked. Of course, 'I Follow Rivers' was used as a gag song and we barely got to hear a minute of it. What. The. Hell? It was also the only song that featured a neglected artist. Celine Dion, Adele, Aretha Franklin and Lykke Li. Who's the odd one out? Anyway, the recording is pretty cool. Don't worry Tina, I got your back!

#28. Baby, It's Cold Outside (Kurt and Blaine)
originally by Frank Loesser

Well, it's not a Kurt and Rachel duet... but I'll take what I can get. Just kidding. These two never disappoint.

#27. Teenage Dream (Blaine)
originally by Katy Perry

I can't lie... I wasn't the biggest Warblers fan. But there's no denying that Darren Criss made a star out of himself with his version of 'Teenage Dream.' Topping 'Don't Stop Believing' to be Glee's highest charting song on the US charts is quite the big deal.

#26. Unpretty/I Feel Pretty (Quinn and Rachel)
originally by TLC and from West Side Story

Unexpectedly awesome AND it serviced the story. Quinn and Rachel's story could have had a whole lot more to it than what we got, but this was a highlight.

#25. I Know What Boys Like (Lauren)
originally by The Waitresses

Sure, I don't get her relationship with Puck, but I loves me some Zizes. "I spell woman Z-I-Z-E-S." Outstanding. She tells it like it is and as we found out, she knows what boys like. "You just got Zized!"

#24. Me Against the Music (Santana and Brittany)
originally by Britney Spears and Madonna

"My name is also Britney Spears. My middle name is Susan, my last name is Pierce. That makes me Brittany S. Pierce." "I hope you all respect that Glee Club can remain a place where I, Brittany S. Pierce, can escape the torment of Britney Spears." "I'm more talented than all of you. I see that clearly now. It's Brittany... bitch." Heather Morris, this was your coming out party (not literally, we still don't know what's going on there) and you didn't disappoint. 

#23. Dreams (Will and April)
originally by Fleetwood Mac

Will has more chemistry with April Rhodes than any other woman in the show. Yep, even more than Emma. But I do loves me some Emma, so she can stay. But April, I mean, they just sound so good together. Maybe because Kristen Chenoweth is INCREDIBLE! Plus, it's Fleetwood Mac, it's 'Dreams,' it's... just awesome. Yeah?

#22. Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Kurt and Rachel)
from Evita

Speaking of chemistry. I don't think any duo works better than Kurt and Rachel. Their voices compliment each other a little too well. If you've seen the finale, you know there's more of these two to come.

#21. Candles/Raise Your Glass (The Warblers)

Kurt taking center stage at regionals was a feel-good moment. Blaine dominating a P!nk song? That was outstanding.

Ten down and twenty to go... check back tomorrow for more Glee goodness!

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