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Glee Wishlist: Top 10 Covers We Love

By Cinema OnlineMovies - 15 August 2011 11:10 AM | Updated 26 August 2011

Glee Wishlist: Top 10 Covers We Love

With Glee The 3D Concert Movie right around the corner, we look back at the Emmy Award winning series' covers that managed to sneak into our hearts as we find ourselves subconsciously humming the tunes on a day-to-day basis. Out of all the covers we have seen and heard from the series that brought a pang of Grease and High School Musical along with it, we've compiled a list of 10 awesome songs that we would love for a comeback in the upcoming movie!


"Don't Stop Believing" - Journey

We were definitely hooked on Glee when the fantastic pilot episode was topped off with an uplifting and evocative performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin”. Shortly after the pilot aired in May 2009, Glee’s version of the song made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song showed off the cast's remarkable talent in one small package - from the flawless harmonies, to the powerhouse lead vocals shared by Rachel (Lea Michelle), Finn (Cory Monteith) and the rest of the ‘gleeks’.

"Rehab" – Amy Winehouse

As if our jaws weren’t dropped low enough in awe, the producers decided to feature another awesome song in the show’s repertoire. The Glee kids met their rivals, Vocal Adrenaline, who set the bar high with their precisely choreographed cover of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab", and hey, with the tragic death of the late-song stress, we just couldn’t leave this reverberating cover out of our list and wouldn’t we all like to see this covered in the movie once again as a Winehouse tribute?


"Bust Your Windows" – Jazmine Sullivan

Mercedes (Amber Riley) belted out a blistering cover of Jazmine Sullivan's "Bust Your Windows" that was guaranteed to make us shudder in our bones and think twice before messing with her. We’re surprised how Riley didn’t make the cut when she auditioned for American Idol few years back, but we’re glad to see her bring the ‘fierce’ on in Glee and fingers are crossed that Riley will get another one of her sassy solos in the movie.


"Young Girl/Don't Stand So Close" – Gary Pucket & The Police

Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) took the classic "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap together with "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police and mashed it up in a chirpy number as an effort to get Rachel (Lea Michele) away from her ‘high school girl crush’ on him. Let’s just say that Morrison’s swooning over the guitar didn’t really help his cause, and ours too who just can’t get enough of him! Now why didn’t we have teachers like that back in school?


"Dream On" - Aerosmith

The best thing that have could have possible happened to Glee is Neil Patrick Harris of How I Met Your Mother fame. Who knew the guy had the singing chops? The man elevates TV shows, movies, or any musical he's in, and Glee was no exception, as he rocked out an ultra-competitive duet of rock legend Aerosmith's "Dream On" with Matthew Morrison. The pitch perfect rendition could’ve put Steven Tyler to shame and we remain faithful that the producers of the show will bring this number back or at least something of this par to the show.


"Forget You" – Cee Lo Green

Gwyneth Paltrow waltzed into Glee season two's 'The Substitute' episode with an entrance that made us wish we had stand-in teachers like Holly Holiday when we were in school. But as the wife of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Paltrow really had us in her grasp when she proved to us that she could sing a Cee Lo song better than 'The Voice' coach himself. Even those who cringed at the song on the radio managed to fall into Paltrow’s ‘song spell’.


"Teenage Dream" – Katy Perry

The number 7 song on our list is not even sung by our usual beloved Glee cast, but still the Dalton Academy Warblers group's take on Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' proved to be a good choice and a catchy tune. In fact, this Glee version of the song, according to the Nielsen ratings, had the best first week performance of any of the covers before it, and etched its place as one of the show's most successful song covers even getting the thumbs up by Katy Perry herself.


"Umbrella/Singin' In The Rain" – Rihanna & Gene Kelly

Another one of Glee’s artistic mash-up which combines Rihanna’s hit song “Umbrella” and “Singin’ in the Rain”; a song made popular by Gene Kelly in the movie of the same title definitely deserves a comeback. Glee’s version features Holly Holliday and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) singing entirely opposite two songs that seamlessly seem to fit beautifully together, sounding as if they were made to be written as one. It's a case of 'old school' versus 'contemporary' that we certainly wouldn't mind listening to again.


"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles

When Glee needs to sell a sensitive number they turn to Kurt (Chris Colfer). It didn’t get much more sentimental than this sparse Beatles cover as we reached for our handkerchiefs to wipe the tears off our eyes. The “Grilled Cheesus” episode struck fans as one of the most genuinely emotional performance of the second season and gave the old classic a reboot worth its grandeur.


"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele

You either love the song or you hate it, however Glee struck gold with this cover. Take an under-rated song and let the biggest talent (Lea Michele) go all out on it and bring in a fan-favourite guest star (Jonathan Groff) to compliment her vocals. The acapella product speaks for itself and establishes the song as its highlight of the season. With the cover unleashed to fans, the original song regained the popularity it deserved garnering covers from Linkin Park, David Cook and more among others. 

Glee The 3D Concert Movie opens in theatres Sep 1.