We love the movie Pitch Perfect, thanks to its lovable characters and crazy-good musical performances. However, we couldn’t help but notice that four (!) of the songs from the film had already been covered by Glee. So we decided to compare each song head-to-head to its Glee counterpart to determine which did the better rendition. May the best cover win!
And if you just recently saw Pitch Perfect in theaters and now need to get caught up on our previous articles about it, be sure to check out our five reasons why it’s kind of a Glee rip-off and our four roles Pitch Perfect’s Skylar Astin could play on Glee.
Song #1: “Like a Virgin” by Madonna
Our thoughts: Sure, we enjoyed hearing “Like a Virgin” in Pitch Perfect as part of the “Ladies of the ‘80s” Riff-Off. But we wish you luck in convincing us that this even came close to topping Glee’s oh-so-sexy version of “Virgin,” with its intercut scenes of Rachel-Jesse, Finn-Santana, and Wemma all about to get it on. We’re talking one of our favorite song performance from one of our favorite episodes. To quote another Madonna song, Pitch Perfect didn’t have a “prayer.”
Song #2: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
Our thoughts: This is another song from the ‘80s grouping during the Riff-Off in Pitch Perfect. And maybe their version of this song was just a little too brief to compete with Glee’s action-packed dodgeball mashup of this and “One Way Or Another,” with powerful vocals from Santana and Finn. So Pitch Perfect gives it their best shot, but Glee wins by a nose — which reminds us of how hilarious it was when Finn got pelted by a dodgeball in his nose.
Song #3: “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
Our thoughts: Maybe it’s a little tough to root for Glee’s version of this song, since it was performed at Nationals by Unique back when we he was part of the enemy known as Vocal Adrenaline. But even just based on vocals alone, Unique’s version isn’t quite as soaring as the one in Pitch Perfect.
Advantage: Pitch Perfect
Song #4: “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
Our thoughts: This was a pivotal song for the Bellas, as they sang it at the pool and then again in the finals. But it was even more of a timeless song for Glee, as Finn sang it to Kurt at their parents’ wedding. Let’s face it: There’s no way we’re not going to go with the version that allows us to see Cory Monteith in a suit. There’s just no way.
And the winner is: GLEE!
As we said, we love them both — so please don’t throw a burrito at us, Pitch Perfect fans. But Glee manages to eke out the victory, mainly because its performances of “Like a Virgin” and “Just the Way You Are” are so indelible and, well, perfect.