It’s official. Glee has confirmed plans for an entire episode of Season 5 dedicated as a tribute to the late Cory Monteith (Finn), who passed away suddenly on July 13. Show creator Ryan Murphy reveals that he and the writers are composing the Cory tribute right now — and we’re already starting to tear up just thinking about how emotional that episode will be.
The tribute will serve as a way to honor both Cory and his Glee character Finn Hudson, who Ryan reveals will also pass away on the show. We at Wetpaint Entertainment put out a call on our Facebook page, asking fans like you which songs you hope Glee will include in the episode.
Your responses fell into two categories: New songs Glee has yet to cover and beloved tunes that have already been performed on the show. We’ll follow up later with your suggestions for new music, but for now, we’re focusing on all the iconic Glee songs you’d like to see reprised on the series. Which of these songs are you hoping the show will include? Read the list, then head below to cast your vote.
1. “Without You,” by David Guetta feat. Usher, sung by Lea Michele
Rachel first sings this song to Finn in Glee Season 3, Episode 10: “Yes/No.” He is feeling lost and alone in the world, unsure about what good his future can possibly bring. With this song, Rachel tells Finn that — no matter how hopeless he might feel — she can’t imagine her life without him. “I am lost. I am vain. I will never be the same... without you.”
Later that episode, Finn asks Rachel to marry him. The song is so deeply meaningful for Finchel as a couple. To watch Rachel sing it once more, this time knowing she will never see Finn again... we know that our hearts would break
2. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
On the one hand, Glee has already performed this song twice: Once in the pilot, and once in just a few episodes ago. But Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” is forever intertwined in the DNA of Glee itself. Cory pounding away on the drums is one of the most memorable parts of that song. Finn Hudson is, and always has been, an integral part of the glee club. DSB is a perfect way to remind people of that.
3. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
This ‘80s classic is from way back in Glee’s pilot episode. It’s the song Finn sings in the shower when Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) overhears him in the locker room and first begins to understand what amazing potential the football star has as an artist.
In the tribute episode, we’d love to see the entire New Directions perform this song in Finn’s honor — with flashback clips of that now-famous shower scene spliced in. There wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house (and we’re not talking about those steamy shower water droplets, either.)
4. “Faithfully” by Journey, sung by Lea Michele
One of Finn and Rachel’s most beloved duets, “Faithfully” is the song these two lovebirds sing as their opening number during Regionals at Glee’s Season 1 finale. "Break a leg," she tells him, right before they are about to go onstage. His response? "I love you."
To have Rachel sing this song solo would be both poignant and heartbreaking. “I'm forever yours. Faithfully.”
5. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, performed by Kurt
Not every Glee tribute song needs to be about Finn and Rachel, though. We can’t forget about the time Finn sang Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” to his new stepbrother, Kurt (Chris Colfer), at the Hummel-Hudson wedding. The brotherly duo known as Furt didn’t always have the smoothest relationship. But as Finn begins to understand Kurt’s struggles, the two formed a bond. Finn sings this song to tell his brother just how much he valued him — and that Kurt is amazing, just the way he is.
We’d love to see Kurt honor his late brother in the Cory Monteith tribute episode by singing him the exact same song.
6. “Pretending,” an Original Song from Season 2 Nationals
Remember that one time when Finn and Rachel kissed onstage at Nationals? Yeah, it might have lost them the competition... but it did give them infamy on the internet. Not to mention that the moment was both romantic and adorable.
The two sing to the Glee original tune, “Pretending,” which Finn writes to tell Rachel that he is still in love with her. “Will we ever have a happy ending? Or will we forever only be pretending?” Those words take on such a different meaning now.
7. “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri, performed by Lea Michele
Okay, so Jake (Jacob Artist) and Marley (Melissa Benoist) were the ones who originally sing this duet in Glee Season 4. Their love story is great and all, but this song has reached such an iconic status in popular culture — it is the Twilight love song, after all — that we think it only deserves a reprise in the Cory tribute.
Plus, we just can’t get over the lyrics: “Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you / For a thousand years / I'll love you for a thousand more.” Who says that Finn and Rachel’s love story can’t be eternal?
8. “For Good” from Wicked, performed by Rachel and Kurt
When Rachel and Kurt first sang this song in the Glee Season 2 finale, it was to help them both realize that the theater is where they were both meant to be. But given the lyrics of the song, we would love to see Kurt and Rachel sing it as a tribute to their brother and great love, Finn. “Who can say if I've been changed for the better? / But, because I knew you / Because I knew you / I have been changed for good.”
9. “I’ll Stand By You,” by The Pretenders
Back in Glee Season 1, as Finn is struggling to come to terms with the idea that his girlfriend, Quinn (Dianna Agron), is (supposedly!) pregnant, Kurt has Finn sing this song to tell his unborn daughter how much she means to him. Now that Cory and Finn have passed, this song would be a wonderful way for the New Directions to honor their beloved brother.
10. “On My Own” from Les Miserables, sung by Lea Michele
Rachel sang this Broadway classic for her glee club audition, but the words mean so much more in light of Cory’s passing.
“On my own, pretending he's beside me / All alone, I walk with him 'til morning / Without him, I feel his arms around me / And when I lose my way I close my eyes / And he has found me [...] I love him, but when the night is over / he is gone, the river's just a river / Without him, the world around me changes / The trees are bare and everywhere / The streets are full of strangers.”
Runner Up: “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, sung by Lea Michele
Here’s another Rachel-Kurt duet that would take on a whole new meaning in light of Cory’s passing. Hummelberry sang this song during NYADA’s Midnight Madness late in Glee Season 4. Then, it was nothing more than a competition. Now, it would be a heartfelt way to pay tribute to a man who meant so much to both of them.
“You can take / You can give / Let him be / Let him live / If I die, let me die / Let him live / Bring him home.”