There aren’t many decisions that are more difficult than choosing our favorite Glee songs every year, and that is certainly no exception in Season 4. So after some painful paring down, here are the five songs that stuck with us the most. And we know what you’re thinking: How could Stoner Brett’s “Busters Get Popped” not make the list? We don’t know either.
5. Blaine’s “It’s Time” (Season 4, Episode 1: “The New Rachel”)
We love Blaine (Darren Criss) singing to Kurt (Chris Colfer) pre-NYC here, in part because it reminds us of better times. (And now we’re reaching for the tissues.) Plus, how could we complain about Blaine doing double-dutch? We also enjoy watching all those cups, making this possibly our second-favorite drinking vessel-centric Glee song (yes, we love “My Cup” — don’t judge).
4. Rachel’s “To Love You More” (Season 4, Episode 22: “All or Nothing”)
3. Klaine’s “Come What May” (Season 4, Episode 15: “Girls (and Boys) on Film”)
Was Glee trying to torture us with those flashbacks to how perfect Kurt and Blaine once were? If so, mission accomplished. Regardless, we loved every second of this performance, from the killer vocals to the adorable slow dance. We also love how the producers seem to have said to themselves, “We bought this fog machine, so dammit, we’re going to get our money’s worth.”
2. Santana’s “Girl on Fire” (Season 4, Episode 13: “Diva”)
Santana (Naya Rivera) didn’t get nearly enough chances to really belt it this season, but when she did, she really took advantage of it — and we’re not just saying that because we’re worried she’ll dig through our trash if we don’t. We love her voice on the powerful and anthemic “Girl on Fire,” which also marked the joyous start of her running amok in NYC with her old pals.
1. Rachel’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Season 4, Episode 19: “Sweet Dreams”)
How do we not crown Rachel’s unbelievable — and sob-worthy — audition as the best of the season? Seeing the original New Directions gang back together was priceless, not to mention that Rachel’s soaring vocals were impeccable. Give her the part already, judges! Come to think of it, is there anything Journey can’t do?