The last couple of months, television critics have said that Fox’s Glee has jumped the shark–it can never again be as good as in the first season. We respectfully disagree.
When Glee shines, it shines brighter than a million polished diamonds. We still think it is one of the most socially-provocative, well-written comedies on air to date.
But every once in awhile, Glee covers an already perfect song and, to be frank, makes it really awful. At the risk of making some of our readers irate, here are the Top Ten Awesome Songs That We Think Glee Has Ruined.
10. “Thong Song” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sisqo[/lastfm])
If the original version of this one-hit wonder song by Sisqo wasn’t cheesy (and creepy) enough, the creators of Glee had New Directions’ teacher, Will Schuester, make it even more creepy.
At least Sisqo made this song kind of funny, but would you really want your teacher singing and dancing while singing “she got dumps like a truck, truck, truck?”
Yeah, not really.
9. “Merry Christmas, Darling”([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Karen Carpenter[/lastfm])
Of course, Lea Michelle has the “best” voice on the show. It’s evident Glee producers think the same thing: They make her sing everything.
Usually, she does a great job. Not on Karen Carpenter’s “Merry Christmas, Darling.” What a self-pitying snorefest.
8. “I’ll Stand By You” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Pretenders[/lastfm])
This beautiful ballad by The Pretenders should have gotten a stand-out performance from the Broadway-esque vocals of most of the Glee cast. Maybe that was the problem.
The Glee version of the song is too full of yearning and without any of the rock ‘n roll edge that made this ballad unique when The Pretenders first released it.
7. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm])
There are view pop pianists that can top Elton John’s prowess. He’s a genius of upbeat love songs.
Well, the cast of Glee ripped the magic out of the song and made it…boring and repetitive.
6. “Listen” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm])
We know it was a huge deal when Charice guest starred on Glee, but we from her rendition of Beyonce’s “Listen” we are glad she didn’t stick around.
Her voice is pretty enough, but it doesn’t soar and shimmer like Beyonce’s and she is hardly a stand-out performer.
5. “Lucky” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason Mraz[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat[/lastfm])
A quick note to Glee producers: We love Dianna Agron’s whispery alto and we’d like to hear more of it.
Her voice is understated and sexy. This song didn’t do her voice justice, however.
Musically, it sounded like an after-thought and we couldn’t hear the obvious chemistry that Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat had on the original.
4. “Bust A Move” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young MC[/lastfm])
This was kind of fun to watch because it was so different from all the other songs that have been portrayed on Glee, but honestly–no one in New Directions can pull this song off believably.
Maybe if [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Darren Criss[/lastfm] tried it. We think he has the appropriate hip-hop swagger to get really down to Young MC.
3. “Endless Love” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mariah Carey[/lastfm])
If you’ve ever heard the original Mariah Carey version of “Endless Love,” you know what a travesty this is.
We think this version of Carey’s amazing love song is jaw-droppingly bad.
2. “Push It” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Salt ‘N Pepa[/lastfm])
Every time we hear this version of the Salt ‘N Pepa’s sexy hip-hop tune, we laugh hysterically.
And not with the song.
This was one instance of Glee trying too hard to be cool.
1. “Don’t Stop Believin'” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Journey[/lastfm])
Ok, we know what you are thinking? Isn’t this the number one single from Glee and the song that gave Glee its initial fame?
Yes, it is. And honestly, they did a fabulous job of covering this song.
But here’s why Glee ruined “Don’t Stop Believin'”: Because now instead of hearing Journey’s fist-pumping original everywhere, we are hearing the Glee version of the song.
Not that it’s bad, but it’s just not Journey.
- Do you agree or disagree with us? Do you think these are some of the worst or best songs that Glee has covered? Sound off in the comments!
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