Given how bleak things have been for Glee’s core couples lately, we thought we could all use a pick-me-up by reminiscing about the good ol’ days. It may be hard to remember, but all of these now broken-up couples really have had some amazing moments. So here are our Top 10 most romantic duets of all time. Chins up, people — things will get better!
And if you’re really feeling down in the dumps, you can also check out our list of the Top Ten Most Romantic Glee Songs of All Time. If that doesn’t cheer you up, nothing will.
10. “Pretending” by Finn and Rachel (Season 2, Episode 22: “New York”)
It’s not tough to see why “Pretending” is so romantic, as any duet that leads to an onstage kiss is pretty darn sentimental. And watching Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) walk frustratingly slowly toward each other as they perform this song — especially after their adorable NYC date — makes everyone want to yell, “Walk faster toward each other so you two can embrace already!” Or maybe that was just us.
9. “Need You Now” by Puck and Rachel (Season 2, Episode 11: “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle”)
Rachel and Puck (Mark Salling) weren’t really a couple at the time, but they still managed to bring up fond Puckelberry memories with this emotional rendition of the song. And watching Finn and Rachel exchange meaningful looks throughout the number was as romantic as ever, even though they weren’t actually the ones singing. Somehow, Finchel steals the show even when the two aren’t in the spotlight.
8. “Human Nature” by Sam and Mercedes (Season 3, Episode 11: “Michael”)
It never seemed like poor Samcedes really got a fair shot, did it? First, Sam (Chord Overstreet) up and transferred right after they first held hands, and then when he did return to McKinley, Mercedes (Amber Riley) was attached to Shane. But this song was a hint at what they almost had, with their smoldering chemistry and that kiss at the end. Ah, what could have been.
7. “A Change Would Do You Good” by Rachel and Brody (Season 4, Episode 3: “Makeover”)
Granted, we weren’t quite ready to let go of Finchel yet — and maybe we never will be — but these two were pretty freakin’ adorable as they frolicked through NYC together on this song. In fact, they were so cute to watch that we almost ended up feeling compelled to do a backflip like Brody (Dean Geyer) did.
6. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Finn and Rachel (Season 3, Episode 11: “Michael”)
After the latest Finchel break-up, we want anything that can transport us to happier times. And what’s happier than the episode in which Rachel accepted Finn’s proposal, thanks to this powerful duet in which Rachel realizes how much she loves Finn? Can’t we just pretend that the Season 3 finale never happened, and that Finchel are still perfect for eachother? Please?
5. “Hello” by Rachel and Jesse (Season 1, Episode 13: “Hell-O”)
Look, we love Finchel as much as the next person, okay? But don’t you sometimes think about Rachel and Jesse (Jonathan Groff) together and just wish the troubled twosome had been given a fair shot? Or wish that, y’know, the show hadn’t decided to make Jesse into kind of a psycho? That sort of thing.
Regardless of how they were as a couple, their voices really do sound sensational together, as heard on “Rolling in the Deep” but especially on “Hello.” Sigh — what could have been. (And here’s two more words about Jesse: That. Hair.)
4. “Lucky” by Quinn and Sam (Season 2, Episode 4: “Duets”)
Okay, so Fabrevans didn’t have the longest-lasting relationship ever, but the couple did have some emotional performances, between “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and especially “Lucky.” Heck, just watching Quinn (Dianna Agron) hold down the chords on the guitar as Sam (Chord Overstreet) strums them (swoon!) is enough to make you hope they give things another chance when Quinn returns this season.
3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Kurt and Blaine (Season 2, Episode 10: “A Very Glee Christmas”)
The best cure for anyone who’s still in mourning over the Klaine split in “The Break-Up”? Start watching “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and within, oh, ten seconds, you’ll remember what you loved so much about these two in the first place. Okay, so those matching blazers certainly help make them even more adorable, but the song itself is completely smile-inducing from the start.
2. “Faithfully” (Season 1, Episode 22: “Journey”)
We loved this performance from the moment we first saw it back in Season 1, and it’s still powerful after all this time. “Pretending” is a pretty darn romantic onstage Finchel duet, too, but there’s something extra-magical about this one, when they were still so hopeful and smitten. Long story short, the band Journey saves the day yet again.
1. “Landslide” by Brittany and Santana (Season 2, Episode 15: “Sexy”)
Okay, so it’s not a pure duet, since Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) sings in sections of the song, too. But the moments that matter most in this song are when Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) sing to each other, as the looks on their faces could melt the coldest heart. Brittana has had some amazing song moments — like “Songbird,” “Me Against the Music,” and “Mine” — but watching Santana finally pour her heart out to Brittany on this one clinches the victory in a landslide.