There are certain Glee songs that everyone loves, and we gladly hop on board those bandwagons. But then there are other songs that we’re a little less proud to love — like, say, this season’s “The Fox” — but that are still great in their own ways. Here are the six Glee songs that we’re embarrassed to admit that we can’t stop listening to.
6. “What Makes You Beautiful” (Season 3, Episode 19: “Prom-asaurus”)
As popular as One Direction still is, we don’t feel too comfortable rocking out to their breakout hit on the regs. But we can’t help it, since the Glee guys — including Rory (Damian McGinty)! — do such a bang-up job on this. We also like other guilty-pleasure tunes songs from prom episodes past (*cough* “Friday”), but this 1D song lights up our world like nobody else.
5. “I Can’t Go For That”/“You Make My Dreams Come True” (Season 3, Episode 6: “Mash Off”)
Glee loves the ‘80s something fierce — but which of their covers from the decade do we choose? We do have a soft spot for Puck’s (Mark Salling) sensitive “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” but we’re choosing this hilarious Hall & Oates mash-up, which gives us a glimpse at Finchel looking extra happy together. And this song gets bonus points for those ‘staches.
4. “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” (Season 3, Episode 9: “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”)
We love numerous original Glee songs, but tunes like “Pretending” seem to be held in higher esteem among Glee fans than this peppy but often-forgotten Christmas song. We’re frankly surprised that this incredibly catchy tune by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Blaine (Darren Criss) hasn’t become a holiday standard. But to be honest, we actually listen to it at any time of year.
3. “Baby” (Season 2, Episode 13: “Comeback”)
Sam (Chord Overstreet) has performed a few songs over the years that have gotten flak but that we don’t actually hate (“Red Solo Cup” comes to mind). But we love Sam’s version of “Baby,” which starts out with him on acoustic guitar. And we must say, we kinda miss Sam’s Bieber-esque hair here, back before his hair got to be basically down to his shoulders.
2. “The Boy Is Mine” (Season 1, Episode 18: “Laryngitis”)
The original Brandy-Monica version was a hit back in the ‘90s, but it’s hardly considered a classic. Still, Santana (Naya Rivera) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) bring new life to it as they fight for Puck. We also loved Mercedes’s voice on another guilty-pleasure Glee tune, “Gold Digger,” but there’s no way to not give the nod to Santana and Mercedes doing vocal battle.
1. “Run Joey Run” (Season 1, Episode 17: “Bad Reputation”)
Can someone please tell us why “Run Joey Run” gets such a bad rap? It’s supposed to be silly and over the top, but Rachel gives a legitimately awesome performance. There are other Lea songs that get similarly overlooked in her pantheon of knockout numbers — like, “...Baby One More Time” — but we must say that “Run Joey Run” means so much to us.