Quick, Let's Name 50 Songs Glee Should Never Cover and Save Their Souls

nirvanaglee225.jpgLet me be clear: Though I'm a Glee hater, I enjoy and endorse some of the show's interesting song choices. During the Madonna episode, I liked the pep assembly version of "4 Minutes" and the all-male rendition of "What It Feels Like for a Girl" because they were unexpected tunes with unexpected singers. But most of the time Glee resorts to overly familiar hits, cheapens them, and shoehorns them into maddening storylines. That can be a tolerable practice, but let's set aside 50 examples of untouchable pop majesty for Glee immunity. Add your own, please.

1. Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

2. Madonna's "Erotica"

3. Prince's "Darling Nikki"

4. Nirvana's "All Apologies"

5. Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know"

6. Janet Jackson's "That's the Way Love Goes"

7. Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird"

8. The Police's "King of Pain"

9. Lady Gaga's "Just Dance"

10. Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby"

11. Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract"

12. Weezer's "Buddy Holly"

13. Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven"

14. George Michael's "Father Figure"

15. Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know"

16. Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car"

17. Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over"

18. The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony"

19. The Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"

20. The Clash's "Rock the Casbah"

21. Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon"

22. Missy Elliott's "Work It"

23. Jay-Z's "99 Problems"

24. Wyclef Jean's "Gone 'Til November"

25. Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

26. LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"

27. Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"

28. Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs"

29. Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge"

30. The Pretenders's "Brass in Pocket"

31. The Crystals' "He's a Rebel"

32. Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools"

33. Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"

34. The Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin'"

35. The Patti Smith Group's "Because the Night"

36. Cher's "Half Breed"

37. New Order, "Bizarre Love Triangle"

38. Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown"

39. Tori Amos's "Silent All These Years"

40. The Mamas and the Papas' "Monday, Monday"

41. Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"

42. Carole King's "It's Too Late"

43. Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair"

44. REM's "Shiny Happy People"

45. Elton John's "Candle in the Wind"

46. The Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More"

47. Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On"

48. The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows"

49. The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday"

50. The Beatles' "Help"


  • G says:

    There's no way they aren't going to do"You’re So Vain.” At least it's sanctity has already been violated by "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days."

  • stolidog says:

    today is opposite day, so, i'm going to suggest that they DO cover:
    Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks. I can dream of lots of scenarios where that song would be appropriate.

  • Louis Virtel says:

    Thought of choosing "Anticipation" instead, but I think How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is less soul-crushy than a Heinz commercial.

  • NP says:

    I haven't seen every episode so hopefully I'm not saying anything they've already done, but..
    Anything by the Pet Shop Boys.
    See also: Anything from Liza Minnelli's PSB-produced album, _Results_.
    Anything by Depeche Mode.
    "Do You Want to Dance?"
    "Dedicated to the One I Love"
    "Then He Kissed Me"
    "Where the Boys Are"

  • ginettita says:

    I have to admitt that I love glee, I would add to the list radiohead repertory, they day glee do something of them i will turn off the tv

  • jen says:

    I'm a Gleek, never miss an episode, have every song on my iPod. I'm also a huge music fan. I think they should avoid any Barry Manilow, Josh Groban and Nirvana tunes. Also, if I hear one more Journey cover, I'll break my tv.

  • TurdBlossom says:

    Agree 100% with PSB and DM.

  • bib fortuna says:

    however, they NEED to do Closer by Nine Inch Nails.

  • The Cantankerist says:

    Well done, guys. Once again, you've provided the producers with a target list. I wouldn't be surprised if they attempted to do them all, just to spite you.

  • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

    "Sister Ray"
    "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
    "I Know It's Over"
    "Love Comes in Spurts"
    "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
    "Young Americans"
    Seriously, Ryan Murphy, don't even think about it.

  • Tommy Marx says:

    Whole heartedly agree with leaving the Pet Shop Boys alone. I would also prefer that they steer clear from Def Leppard. The thought of any of them sing "Love Bites" makes me nauseous.

  • WE never ever appreciated the beatles! how can people like a human being so phony? in my opinion might as well get back to trying to be pretty.

  • Annie says:

    I just noticed that Fleetwood Mac's songbird is on this list, which has been covered on the show. And quite beautifully, if I may add.

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