Valentine’s Day is once again upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by looking back on the most heartwarming songs in Glee’s history? So whether you’ll spend the day with your special someone — or spend it by hurling chocolates into the nearest body of water, Charlie Brown-style — there’s no denying that Glee can make a hopeless romantic out of anyone.
So here are our picks for the Top 10 most romantic Glee songs ever. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite — we even threw a couple songs on the poll that didn’t quite squeak onto the top ten. (And we’re sad to say that Brittany’s [Heather Morris] testament to her love of drinking vessels — better known as “My Cup” — somehow did not make the list. We apologize.)
10. “Open Your Heart / Borderline” by Rachel and Finn (Season 1, Episode 15: “The Power of Madonna”)
These two have never been more pinch-worthy — or just plain happy — than in this mash-up, especially with Finn (Cory Monteith) playfully hiding from Rachel (Lea Michele) behind that pillar in the library. We just hope they know that those library books that they so passionately knocked off the shelves aren’t going to pick themselves up.
9. “Beth” by Puck and Finn (Season 1, Episode 20: “Theatricality”)
Let’s face it — Puck (Mark Salling) can sometimes have a loose definition of what qualifies as a “love song.” (Exhibit A: “Fat Bottomed Girls.” We rest our case.) That’s why we’re almost shocked at how heartfelt this song was, which expressed his feelings for Quinn (Dianna Agron) and their daughter. Quinn and Puck may not have much of a future together, but there’s no denying that they once had something special, as this song sums up. (Plus, we always like seeing poor Matt Rutherford (Dijon Talton), who’s prominently featured in this song. We miss you, buddy!)
8. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Kurt and Blaine (Season 2, Episode 10: “A Very Glee Christmas”)
7. “Without You” by Rachel (Season 3, Episode 10: “Yes/No”)
As recent Finchel songs go, we also loved their duet on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” (Season 3, Episode 11: “Michael”), but we give the edge to this one, given Rachel’s soaring vocals, plus the fact that you can sense Finn on the verge of proposing. In fact, if you don’t get chills when all the other students disappear and Rachel is suddenly singing to Finn in an empty classroom, then you may need to adjust your thermostat.
6. “One Hand, One Heart” by Rachel and Blaine (Season 3, Episode 5: “The First Time”)
This performance would have been emotional enough without being spliced together with the first times of Klaine and Finchel. Okay, so wearing socks during your first time is not exactly the definition of “romantic,” but we’re willing to let that slide.
5. “Pretending” by Rachel and Finn (Season 2, Episode 22: “New York”)
A song must be pretty darned romantic when it convinces Finn to kiss Rachel onstage and jeopardize their chances at the national title — although, as we’ve learned, Finn is prone to making big romantic gestures at the drop of a hat. And we know that some of you shudder when you think about all those original songs from Season 2, but admit it — this was a powerful one.
4. “Songbird” by Santana (Season 2, Episode 19: “Rumours”)
As a general rule, we love Santana’s (Naya Rivera) hilarious put-downs and comebacks, but that bad attitude is also what makes us cherish the heartfelt moments that we get from her, as in displaying how she feels about Brittany through this song. And to prove that she hasn’t softened one bit, she even delivers that awesome line about pianist Brad being “just furniture.” That may be true, but we’re still thinking that you shouldn’t go looking for him in an IKEA catalog.
3. “Somewhere Only We Know” by the Warblers (Season 2, Episode 18: “Born This Way”)
Kurt’s transfer return to New Directions was bittersweet, since Blaine was still back at Dalton at the time, but it at least gave us this heartfelt goodbye from Blaine and the Warblers. And it’s nice to think back on a time when the Warblers and New Directions were somewhat tight, since that is so not the case these days.
2. “Landslide” by Holly, Santana, and Brittany (Season 2, Episode 15: “Sexy”)
Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) had a slew of memorable songs (don’t worry — we would never forget about “Forget You”), but this one might take the cake. And as far as our favorite Brittana songs go, this one and “Songbird” were neck-and-neck, but we gave the edge to this one, as it was Santana’s first big display of emotion toward Brittany. We’ve never before been this choked up while listening to slide guitar.
1. “Faithfully” by Rachel and Finn (Season 1, Episode 22: “Journey”)
There’s something just perfect about this performance at Regionals, immediately following Finn’s “I love you” to Rachel backstage. We didn’t think a Glee performance of a Journey song could ever top “Don’t Stop Believin’,” but we were dead wrong.