While most Glee holiday songs make us as happy as if we had gotten our very own pony on Christmas morning, a few of the songs are more like the equivalent of receiving socks. So at the risk of seeming like a scrooge, here are our picks for the four Glee holiday tunes that didn’t quite put us in a festive mood. Still, any Glee holiday song is better than coal, right?
4. “Feliz Navidad” by Artie (Season 4, Episode 10: “Glee, Actually”)
We’re not going to deny that seeing Artie (Kevin McHale) teach Brittany (Heather Morris) how to dance (oh, the irony!) put a pretty big smile on our faces. Still, this song doesn’t wow us, as Artie’s voice might be better suited for one of the dancey pop numbers that he does so well. And seeing him with that poncho and maracas kinda made us cringe just a little bit.
3. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by k.d. lang (Season 2, Episode 10: “A Very Glee Christmas”)
The vocals on this one are fine, but it’s just a little strange to have the song performed by k.d. lang and not someone from the cast. Plus, this version doesn’t quite capture the playful vibe of the original. But we hope we don’t come off as a mean one for saying that!
2. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Finn and Puck (Season 3, Episode 9: “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”)
This is a tough register for Finn (Cory Monteith), and so he does his best but sorta sounds like he’s doing a Bruce Springsteen impression rather than making the song his own. And he and Puck don’t quite have the chemistry on this one that previous duets of theirs have had. On the bright side, is it too much to ask for every song to have a harmonica solo by Blaine (Darren Criss) like this does? Thanks!
1. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Sam (Season 4, Episode 10: “Glee, Actually”)
Brittany seemed to enjoy Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) version of this song, and we suppose that’s all that really matters. But the performance ends up being more memorable for the Cheerios’ crazy dance moves (the wheelbarrow!) than for the vocals. Plus, it’s a little hard to get excited about a Bram song when we’re still in mourning mode for Brittana. Just sayin’.