We’ve already picked our Top 5 Favorite Glee Songs of Season 4, and that was no easy task. But even more difficult is trying to pick our least favorites, since just about every Glee song has something redeemable about it. That said, here are the five songs that did not have us dying to hit replay. Or, to quote one of the songs on this list, these songs didn’t make us “sprung.”
Let’s face it: This tune felt shoehorned in for no real reason, other than that Jane Lynch (Sue) is doing this song on Broadway. And while we like Jane’s voice, we prefer it on something a bit peppier, like this season’s Nicki Minaj number. We just hope we didn’t hurt Sue’s “feelings.”
4. Tina and New Directions’ “Gangnam Style” (Season 4, Episode 8: “Thanksgiving”)
It can be fun when Glee takes on a novelty song and manages to outdo the original (“Friday,” anyone?), but this rendition just felt grating — not to mention a tad jarring to hand the Korean lyrics over to the only Asian student, as if to say, “You got this, right?” But mainly, we just can’t get over why New Directions would choose this of all songs for Regionals.
Maybe we’re just used to those emotion-packed Brittana performances of yesteryear, but the vocals on this bland Bram duet kinda put us to sleep — not to mention that we’ve seen Brit (Heather Morris) do far more interesting dance moves in the past than in this ballroom dance. And by the way, if Sam (Chord Overstreet) ever offers to make you cereal, make sure he uses a bowl.
2. Finn and Puck’s “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” (Season 4, Episode 19: “Sweet Dreams”)
We get that this was meant as more of a fun celebration than perhaps an actual song performance. Still, the shouted, uninteresting vocals ended up turning the song into such a drag. Also, in reference to the lyrics, we’re not sure why your mom throwing away “your best porno mag” would affect a party, but we do know that’s a party we wouldn’t want to be at.
1. Adam and the Adam’s Apples’ “Baby Got Back” (Season 4, Episode 11: “Sadie Hawkins”)
We appreciate Glee trying something different with this song — although they probably should have credited the person who wrote the arrangement — but this version just didn’t work. We don’t blame new guy Adam (Oliver Kieran-Jones) — uh, remember him? — but the song comes off as goofy and forced. Sadly, this performance did not have it goin’ like a turbo ‘Vette.