Ten Pop Hits Glee Needs to Cover Already — From Justin Bieber to Taylor Swift!
We have to admit that Glee does a pretty admirable job of keeping up with the newest chart-topping pop hits. In fact, if you glance at this week’s Billboard “Hot 100” chart, you’ll see that Glee has covered all four of the top four highest-ranking songs! That said, there are always a few faves of ours that get overlooked, so we thought we would lend Ryan Murphy a helping hand. (Feel free to send us a thank-you note at your earliest convenience, Ryan.)
So here are the ten hit songs that need to be performed on Glee ASAP. Plus, tell us in the comments which current chart-toppers you’d like the show to do! And if you say a disparaging word about our (admittedly controversial) number-one song, we’ll just assume it’s because you haven’t yet listened to it on loop for about a thousand times like we have. Give it time.
Current chart ranking: #14 on Billboard’s rock chart Who would sing it: Will (Matthew Morrison) Why: It was a treat to hear Will sing “Fix You” last season — after Glee had been forced to go Coldplay-free for oh-so long — but it was a tad strange for Will to tell Emma (Jayma Mays) that he needed to “fix” her. We’d love Will to take another crack at Coldplay, but this time with their newest hit, especially since lines like “she dreamed of paradise every time she closed her eyes” seem especially appropriate for Emma. (Frankly, when *we* close our eyes, we dream that we’re beating up Martians, but maybe that’s just us.)
Watch the music video here Current ranking: #19 on Billboard’s pop chart Who would sing it: Artie (Kevin McHale) Why: We all know that Glee’s producers often choose songs that are about, well, singing (case in point: “Singin’ in the Rain” or My Chemical Romance’s “Sing,” both from last season), so we figure this one — about listening to music — is a natural, too. Typically, we’re not ones to encourage Glee to use even more autotune, but this time, we’ll make an exception.
8. “Take a Hint” by the Victorious cast, ft. Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies
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Watch the music video here Current ranking: #17 on iTunes Who would sing it: Quinn (Dianna Agron) Why: We won’t hate you if you haven’t yet heard this high-energy party-starter, since it was only recently released, but don’t write it off just because it’s from a Nickelodeon show that you might not watch. This song is actually a hoot! The lyrics crack us up, and this tune would be a perfect way for Quinn to put some guy in his place (assuming she recovers her sassy ‘tude following her car crash). Quinn would nail lyrics about punching some guy “in the lips,” even though the pain that Quinn typically inflicts on classmates is emotional rather than physical.
Watch the music video here Current ranking: #4 on Billboard’s rock chart Who would sing it: Finn (Cory Monteith) Why: The Black Keys have pretty much achieved world domination in the past year, so it’s about time they got on Glee, dontcha think? And we can’t think of anything more appropriate for this show than a guy singing about being a “lonely boy,” as this could apply to Puck (Mark Salling) wishing he had a relationship, or Finn during a momentary low point with Rachel. (Granted, we’re not hoping for a low point between Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele), but with these two, you just never know.)
Watch the music video here Current ranking: #42 on iTunes Who would sing it:Sam (Chord Overstreet) [Did you really have to ask?!] Why: This one’s a no-brainer! In fact, we’re a bit shocked that Glee hasn’t yet covered this group, seeing as how their guitarist is Nash Overstreet, the real-life brother of Chord (who plays Sam). Chord even appeared in the band’s video for “Tonight Tonight,” and while that song is no longer on the charts, “I Like It” is just as summery and fun. That said, we would have to recommend that you not actually “pour the cops a cup,” as the song suggests. Some ideas are better in theory than in practice.
Watch the music video here Current ranking: #4 on iTunes Who would sing it: Santana (Naya Rivera) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) Why: Not many vocalists can do justice to an Adele song, but since Santana and Mercedes killed it the last time out (“Rumour Has It / Someone Like You”), why not give them another go? Plus, Santana and Mercedes are both going through heavy emotional issues right now, making this track particularly appropriate. And we all know that Glee has a soft spot for a good torch song, so why not a torch song that actually has the word “fire” in the title?
Watch the music video here Current ranking: #91 on iTunes Who would sing it:Blaine (Darren Criss) Why: If you’re surprised that this song is still on the charts, you’re not alone: We’ve been beating the drum for over a year now for Glee to perform this song, which is barely clinging to the bottom of the iTunes top 100. Ryan Murphy confessed during The Glee Project last year that he wouldn’t know how to use this song on Glee, so it’s seems unlikely it’ll ever happen. Still, we know Blaine could blow us away with this song. (Get it — “blow us away”? Because that’s what grenades do?)
3. “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift
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Watch the music video here Current ranking: #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Who would sing it: Rachel Why: How has Glee not tackled a T-Swift song yet? Seriously — that is just all kinds of wrong! And this new one off the Hunger Games soundtrack would be a perfect way for Rachel to sum up the pressures of applying to NYADA and keeping things together with Finn, with lines about how “everybody’s waiting for you to break down.” Plus, Rachel can take solace in knowing that, even though competition for college can be fierce, at least you don’t have to take out your fellow competitors with a bow and arrow.
2. “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber
Watch the music video here Current ranking: #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Who would sing it: Puck Why: Watch your back, Justin Timberlake! The Biebs is not just for tweens anymore with this new single that’s smoldering, scintillating, and other adjectives that mean “sexy as hell.” We’d love Puck to handle this one, especially since it’d be awesome to see him bust out the fake Bieber bangs that he wore in last season’s “Comeback.” Our only quibble about this song? Bieber says he wants to eat fondue with us by the fireplace, and we appreciate the offer, but has he had fondue lately? That weird fondue smell is *so* not a turn-on.
1. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Current ranking: #8 on iTunes Who would sing it: New Directions Why: We know, we know — this is the song you love to hate. But face it: This song is catchier than mono, and once you’ve listened to it once, it’ll be stuck in your head for approximately the next 30 years. This is the kind of bouncy number that this show does so well, as it could be a group number for New Directions, or maybe even a song for Mercedes to sing to Sam (if she’s feeling a tad more jaunty than usual). Yes, this song is ridiculous, but in all the right ways. (Translation: Before this song came into our lives, we missed it so bad, we missed it so so bad.)