Top 10 Best Glee Songs

Glee, the show that made singing in the school hallways cool (or at least way less embarrassing), delivered some truly unforgettable musical moments. From show-stopping solos to incredible mash-ups and heartwarming group numbers, Glee's soundtrack was as diverse as it was infectious.

But with so many amazing performances, what are the absolute best Glee songs?
The Top Ten
1 Don't Stop Believin'

This song was always performed at turning points in the show. Now that I have finished watching the series, when I go back to the past performances of this song by the Glee cast, I can't help but feel nostalgic.

The first performance lays the foundation for the creation of the Glee club, compelling Schuster to stay and give the kids music in their lives. That performance is essentially the most important in the show.

Next comes the time when everyone is sad because Finn dies, and the Glee club has to be disbanded. Watching the performance again, a wave of nostalgia washes over and leaves you feeling all gooey and mushy inside.

This song, although a seminal classic on its own, changed the way I viewed musicals and was fundamentally the backbone of Glee. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Glee is this song and the way the cast performed it.

2 Rumour Has It / Someone Like You

I am very surprised that it's not on the top 10 list. It's considered the best performance after Don't Stop Believin'! These Adele songs are performed amazingly.

Love this song so much! Any duet between Santana and Mercedes is always great. Their voices mesh perfectly together.

Santana's performance is so truthful, and you can hear the pain in her voice.

3 Teenage Dream

Darren Criss, as always, nails this song. The first version he does is amazing, with the Warblers, and the second version makes me cry every time I hear it.

Blaine has a wonderful voice, and from the moment he performed that song on the show, I fell in love with his voice.

Anytime this comes on, it is impossible NOT to sing and dance (step and click) along. This just embodies joy.

4 Don't Rain on My Parade

One of the best performances on Glee ever. Rachel has a beautiful voice, and she should always sing that song because it's like her anthem.

Rachel shines the brightest when she sings that song. I liked Santana's version too, but Rachel's is pure Barbra.

I LOVE this song. After I heard it, I practiced singing it for like a month. I got pretty good at it.

5 Defying Gravity

They were both so awesome. Definitely hard to choose. Except for the fact Kurt messed up the high F (on purpose), I really don't know if Rachel is better than him or he's better than Rachel.

However, I think I would choose Rachel. She's not one of my favorite characters, but she was remarkable in that song.

Absolutely breathtaking performances from both Chris and Lea. I could listen to this cover forever. These two are the beating heart of Glee, and this was the moment where they really began to shine for the first time, I feel.

6 Loser Like Me

"Loser Like Me" is one of the original Glee songs, and it's just amazing. It perfectly represents what Glee is about. Mercedes really rocked in this one, and so did Rachel and Finn. They all sounded perfect in that song.

It was very inspiring. I loved the fact that Santana and Brittany had their own solo, like a cheerleader kind of thing.

This song is what Glee is all about. Being proud of who you are, even if people call you a loser, and trying to chase your dreams. It's upbeat, funny, hopeful, and always puts a smile on my face.

7 We are Young

Fun would have gotten nowhere if Glee had not sung this song. We Are Young is the meaning of Glee! Everyone in the club, reunited, together once again! Amazing solos from everyone in the club.

This is so much better than Fun! This should be number 1! And Teenage Dream, Marry You, and One of Us. The Glee cast rocks!

My favorite song! I'm so happy that they covered it, and fun. is famous now only because of them.

I won't get tired of listening to this song.

8 Smooth Criminal

Naya Rivera + Grant Gustin + 2 Cellos! What more could you ask for in a cover? Santana and Sebastian are both rude and funny, and their voices combine so perfectly with sparks flying everywhere.

In my opinion, it was better than the original by MJ.

Are you kidding me? Santana and Sebastian singing together? How can't that be epic? They are so awesome together. There were sparks flying like crazy over there.

This is definitely top 10 material. Santana and Sebastian sang an amazing feud. You could hear the hate rolling in their words.

9 It's All Coming Back to Me Now

One of the best Rachel solos, up there with Don't Rain on My Parade, People, Cry, and Being Good Isn't Good Enough. This solo really highlights her voice, and she sounds so powerful.

This song gives me so many chills. I've watched that episode around five times already.

10 Girl On Fire

I think that Santana has an awesome voice in this song. I have always felt like her voice was underrated. This song is incredible, and I feel like Santana is thinking of Britt when she is singing it.

I hate the original. Santana brings this song alive and makes it powerful and emotional.

The Contenders
11 Bohemian Rhapsody

I totally love the original version by Queen, but Vocal Adrenaline gets the notes spot on and manages to stay harmonized throughout the whole song.

I love this song very much. For me, the Glee cast version is better than the original song.

In that episode, Vocal Adrenaline deserved to win.

I loved this song long before.

Jessie St. James - nailed it!

Quinn Fabray - amazing acting!

Unforgettable. Iconic.

12 Cough Syrup

This song is one of the most amazing songs on the show. There was so much raw emotion put into it, and it always sends shivers up and down my spine. Darren Criss's voice was so beautiful in this song, and the entire thing just makes me cry.

Cough Syrup is literally my favorite song, and Darren Criss is such an amazing singer. He really does the song justice, and it's so emotional it makes me cry.

Yes, Glee has awesome songs, but this is just beautiful. Darren Criss has a unique voice, and this has to be number one, maybe number two after Teenage Dream.

13 Songbird

Santana singing that song made me cry. It was such a personal and sweet moment between her and Brittany, and it really spoke to my heart.

What love, a very complicated couple, but they work things out and they do everything maturely.

14 Total Eclipse of the Heart

This song is so great! I loved Bonnie Tyler's original version, and Glee's version was great too!

Love Rachel's tremendous voice in this, with the contribution of Puck, Jessie, and Finn.

15 Paradise by the Dashboard Light

How is it possible that Total Eclipse of the Heart, Gold Digger, and Thriller/Heads Will Roll are ahead of this?

The most underrated Glee performance. I never heard anyone praising it even though it was so amazing.

Winning piece! And Finn's best performance!

16 Thriller / Heads Will Roll

This was such a fun performance to watch. It just makes me want to jump up and dance when I hear it! It shows the newfound camaraderie between the glee club and the footballers. Vote for it!

One of the greatest numbers they did. Loved the costumes and the zombie makeup, and Artie's solo.

It looked amazing with the smoke, costumes, and makeup. Naya Rivera (Santana) also has an amazing voice!

Great mashup.

17 I Feel Pretty / Unpretty

One of the best mash-ups Glee has ever made. It also passes an incredible message to young girls to just love themselves. Quinn and Rachel are so amazing. I'm so happy they are now friends. I hated it when they used to fight.

Fun fact: This song was voted Best Glee Song of All Time by TV Line readers in a July 2011 poll (Gleewiki).

That is why this song deserves to be in the top spot, and it is easily my top mash-up song of Glee.

Best duet. Their voices are different, but they go well together, like a true mash-up.

18 The Scientist

Finn really impressed me with that performance. His voice has a new maturity. He was just a talented kid in Season 1 with songs like Can't Fight This Feeling and It's My Life/Confessions, but with that song, he showed new power and passion.

The song has its own magic! Something that just makes you feel rejuvenated and gives you an amazing feeling. This song is one of my favorites and will surely touch your heart.

Chris and Blaine's parts are amazing!

19 Gives You Hell

A great performance, one of the funniest moments. Rachel is just being Rachel, giving angry looks at Finn while belting out the song, and Finn looks so uncomfortable.

I also liked the fact that Brittany and Santana were harmonizing in the background, even though Rachel was mad at them too. Hilarious!

The first time I heard this song, I was like, "Oh my gosh, that girl can sing!" It was the first time I appreciated Lea's voice.

I love this song. It's amazing, better than the original!

20 Marry the Night

Adam Lambert was a great addition to this show! He really fit well into the whole Glee dynamic and the NYC crew with Kurt, Santana, and Rachel. In that song, Marry The Night, he sounds incredible.

Why is this only No. 23? This is the song that made Glee this famous, and you guys can't vote? Why?

21 I'll Stand by You

This song makes me cry because I think of when Mercedes performed it after Finn died.

To the late Quarterback, Finn Hudson. We love you.

22 Some Nights
23 I Want to Hold Your Hand

This is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. Chris Colfer is absolutely brilliant here!

I cried when I listened to him sing this. The whole song took on a new meaning.

I literally almost cried when I listened to this. Chris, you are amazing!

24 Valerie

Oh my God! This is so much better than the original! I love this song so much. I think this is my favorite Glee song. It is very important to the story, and Naya slays at life! I just can't...!

This is Santana at her best! This song illustrates an important point in the plot between Brittany and Santana. Not to mention, Naya slayed the vocals!

25 New York State of Mind

Marley and Rachel's voices sound beautiful together. One of the best performances.

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