Woah! Glee's latest installment, "Bad Reputation," was an absolute '80s fest and, frankly, we're begging for more. Yes, we admit that "Ice Ice Baby" and "U Can't Touch This" were both released in 1990, but c'mon! — they were close enough to the '80s. Besides, you can't escape the amazingly '80s goodness of "Physical" (love it!) and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (love it more!). Here's a list of ten '80s songs we'd love to see Glee tackle. Think we missed some? Tell us which songs you'd like to hear in the comments!
Song: "Livin' on a Prayer" (1986) Original Artist: Bon Jovi Who'd Sing It: Finn To: Rachel Why: Now that Rachel's romance with Jesse has been put on ice, we think Finn should make a grand gesture to win back her affections. And since he did one hell of a job in Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", we think Finn could really kill this Bon Jovi classic.
Song: "How Will I Know" (1985) Original Artist: Whitney Houston Who'd Sing It: Tina To: Artie Why: Although the pair sort of patched things up a few weeks ago, they've been given minimal screen time as of late. And since we're suckers, we want to know more about this burgeoning romance! Besides, Tina has a great set of lungs; it's about time the writers gave her another chance to shine.
Song: "Beat It" (1982) Original Artist: Michael Jackson Who'd Sing It: Shelby Corcoran To: Will Why: Idina Menzel is a vocal powerhouse but her character, Vocal Adrenaline coach Shelby Corcoran, has yet to sing a note. It's criminal! Give this diva a song STAT. Since Shelby is bound to be a deliciously manipulative, Machiavellian rival, we'd love to see her show her true colors in a cut-throat cover of "Beat It."
Song: "Love is a Battlefield" (1983) Original Artist: Pat Benatar Who'd Sing It: Rachel, Finn, Jesse, Puck, Quinn To: Their respective love interests Why: On again, off again... can anyone keep this love pentagon straight? We'd bet "no," which is precisely why "Love is a Battlefield" perfectly sums up the messy love lives of McKinley's songbirds.
Song: "Under Pressure" (1981) Original Artist: Queen & David Bowie Who'd Sing It: Will To: The World Why: Conniving co-workers, loony ex-wife, troubled show choir: If anybody in Glee is under pressure, it's Will Shuester. We think a high-powered rendition of this Queen/David Bowie duet would help Will blow off some steam.
Song: "We're Not Gonna Take It" (1984) Original Artist: Twisted Sister Who'd Sing It: New Directions To: Vocal Adrenaline Why: The rivalry between the two glee clubs has taken a bit of a backseat over the past few episodes, but it's bound to take center stage as we move towards the season finale. Jesse St. James and coach Corcoran don't seem to be playing by the rules, and we'd love New Directions to show those showboats that they're not going to take it anymore.
Song: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (1982) Original Artist: Culture Club Who'd Sing It: Quinn To: Puck Why: Puck's recent flirtations with Rachel are proof positive that this guy is a total cad, and that his romance with Quinn is bound to have a pretty short shelf life. Once the inevitable finally happens, Quinn can work out her heartbreak with this catchy Culture Club ballad.
Song: "Straight Up" (1988) Original Artist: Paula Abdul Who'd Sing It: Emma To: Will Why: Meek little Emma seems to have finally grown a pair, and we couldn't be happier! She might have recently told Will to take a hike, but we think that, in time, Emma will eventually ask him to step up to the plate and be the man that she needs and deserves. We just hope she doesn't follow in Paula's footsteps; after all, nobody wants a guidance counselor with saucers for eyes and gobbledygook for advice.
Song: "Don't You Want Me?" (1981) Original Artist: Human League Who'd Sing It: Rachel, Finn, Jesse To: New Directions Why: Like we mentioned before, the writers have a knack for beating these love storylines over the head with a 2-ton anvil. Since Mr Schuester consistently gives song assignments that conveniently fit into episode plot lines, we're sure they could cram this '80s staple in somehow.
Song: "Kiss" (1986) Original Artist: Prince Who'd Sing It: Mercedes To: A new squeeze Why: On a narrative level, it would be great to see Mercedes finally find love. She's sassy, fabulous, and a new Cheerio — she deserves it! On a purely selfish level, though, we think Mercedes would tear this song apart. Like, devour it. Kill it. No survivors. Fabulousity at its finest. Writers: Make it happen.