Don’t get us wrong. We love it when Glee covers Katy Perry or Beyonce — and it’s a good thing we do, since both of those artists have been covered about a bajillion times. But we don’t want the show to overlook all the various artists that haven’t even yet had a single song on the show. So here’s our list of the top 10 artists that have had yet to be added to the Glee playlist.
And considering that not-exactly-iconic artists like Color Me Badd, Rebecca Black, and Sisqo have already made the cut, it’s clear that our ten artists have more than paid their dues.
10. GREEN DAY
Who would sing it: Puck (Mark Salling) or Puck’s bro, Jake (Jacob Artist)
The song we’d choose: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
Here’s why: Glee frequently covers both Broadway tunes and rock songs, so a rock band whose music spawned a popular Broadway show is the perfect combo! This pop-punk group has any number of angsty songs that would work — including “Good Riddance,” which actually appeared as a bonus track on Glee: The Music: The Graduation Album — but we think “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” would be even more appropriate for the Puckermans, given their troubled-family backstory. No offense, but you’d be an “idiot” not to agree!
9. MUMFORD & SONS
Who would sing: Finn (Cory Monteith)
The song we’d choose: “Little Lion Man”
Here’s why: Folk is hotter than ever on the charts these days, and Mumford is a big reason why. (Banjo fever!) We love hearing Finn tackle a melancholic rock song, and “Little Lion Man” would be especially appropriate, since it could address Finn having ended things too soon with Rachel (Lea Michele). And it’s perfect for Finn since one of the lines is, “I really screwed things up this time” — although the real word isn’t “screwed.” (We’ll let you use your imaginations on that one.)
8. BACKSTREET BOYS / ‘N SYNC
Who would sing: Sam (Chord Overstreet), Joe (Samuel Larsen), Artie (Kevin McHale) and the New Directions guys
The song we’d choose: ‘N SYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me”
Here’s why: It’s tearin’ up our hearts that we have yet to hear Glee do either of the ‘90s boy-band titans — Backstreet or ‘N SYNC (not to mention Justin Timberlake’s oh-so-sexy solo work). There are plenty of bouncy tunes and tearjerkers to choose from here, which would also allow the show to bring back some hilarious ‘90s-era dance moves. (Folding-chair dance, anyone?) And if we don’t get to hear one of these boy bands, then Glee will have shown us the meaning of being lonely.
7. THE FRAY
Who would sing: Kurt (Chris Colfer)
The song we’d choose: “How to Save a Life”
Here’s why: We love us some precious Wemma moments, so we could easily see Schue (Matthew Morrison) singing “You Found Me” to Emma (Jayma Mays). But even more appropriate would be Kurt belting “How to Save a Life” to Karofsky (Max Adler). And while we’re at it, where the heck was Karofsky in the second half of Season 3? We miss the guy!
Who would sing: Artie (Kevin McHale)
The song we’d choose: “Not Afraid”
Here’s why: It’s true that Glee tried to use “Lose Yourself” in Season 1 but was deterred by Eminem’s astronomical asking-price for it. But that doesn’t mean Eminem has a problem with the show (unlike, say, the Foo Fighters, who we’d also love to hear). So why not try another song, like the old-school “The Way I Am” or the more recent “Not Afraid.” And speaking of being “afraid,” some viewers might fear the idea of more white rap tunes, but we think we can handle one more.
5. MILEY CYRUS
Who would sing: Brittany (Heather Morris)
The song we’d choose: “Party in the U.S.A.”
Here’s why: We know, we know — Glee did a bit of a Miley song back in Season 1 when Rachel tried “The Climb” with laryngitis, but that was more of a joke than a full-fledged number. Miley deserves better, so we’d love to hear “Party in the U.S.A.,” especially since one of the lines in the song mentions that “the Britney song was on.” Talk about appropriate, given the upcoming Britney tribute! And when it comes to Miley, long story short: We can’t wait to hear her again.
4. JOHN MAYER
Who would sing: Duet for Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss)
The song we’d choose: “Say”
Here’s why: Glee finally covered T-Swift for the first time in Season 3, so they also might as well cover the guy who was the inspiration for a number of her songs! We can see Kurt and Blaine giving a powerful version of “Say,” especially since they sometimes have communication issues. Then again, considering we’d love to see more Klaine PDA, we also wouldn’t mind if the two of them covered “Your Body Is a Wonderland”!
3. JENNIFER LOPEZ
Who would sing: Mercedes (Amber Riley)
The song we’d choose: “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”
Here’s why: J. Lo has been everywhere lately, between American Idol and films like What to Expect When You’re Expecting (with Glee’s very own Matthew Morrison!). But we love her most when she grabs the mic, as her dance-friendly pop tunes would be perfect for the show. Can’t you just picture Mercedes belting “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” to a cash-strapped Sam? (Samcedes forever!)
2. BLACK EYED PEAS
Who would sing: Santana (Naya Rivera)
The song we’d choose: “I Gotta Feeling”
Here’s why: It seems like the Black Eyed Peas have had about a bajillion hits on the charts over the years, and yet not one of them has landed on Glee. So where is the love, the love, the love for the Peas? “I Gotta Feeling” would be great for the show, with its upbeat and adventure-seeking message, and we have no doubt that Santana would kill it. And come to think of it, we could totally see Santana choosing to sing “My Humps,” right?
1. NO DOUBT
Who would sing: Rachel
The song we’d choose: “Don’t Speak”
Here’s why: And here it is: The group that most deserves to be on Glee! Frankly, the fact that Glee has yet to do a No Doubt or Gwen Stefani song is b-a-n-a-n-a-s. “Just a Girl” would have been a fun choice for the Troubletones last season, but we think “Don’t Speak” would be a perfectly sad but beautiful number for Rachel to deliver to Finn, especially since she won’t have “spoken” to him when the season starts. And there’s absolutely “no doubt” we’re glad they’re back together!