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Glee Songs

The 10 Biggest Glee Hit Songs


Songs from Glee have stormed the pop music charts since the show debuted in May of 2009. While many only make a brief appearance in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, more than a dozen have been top 40 pop hits. This is your guide to the 10 biggest pop hits from the hit show Glee. The song's peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 is included.

10. "Singin' In the Rain / Umbrella" - November 2010 - #18

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Glee demonstrates how to update the classic "Singin' In the Rain" by mashing it with Rihanna's #1 smash "Umbrella." This performance was featured on the episode The Substitute and features guest star Gwyneth Paltrow.

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9. "Get It Right" - March 2011 - #16

Glee - "Get It Right"
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"Get It Right" was one of two previously unrecorded songs from the episode Original Song to become major chart hits for the show. This one features Lea Michele in a solo. Glee took a significant risk veering from their all covers format to experiment with releasing original material. The experiment kicked off as a success.

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8. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - May 2010 - #16

Glee - "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
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The Glee episode titled Bad Reputation included a list of pop songs with bad reputations. The cast's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" closed the episode. Bonnie Tyler's original version of the song went to #1 in 1983.

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7. "Toxic" - October 2010 - #16

Glee - "Toxic"
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Glee took on Britney Spears songs in the episode Britney / Brittany. As glee club director Will Schuester relents and allows the group to perform a Britney Spears song, he joins them onstage for this version of "Toxic" at the homecoming assembly.

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6. "We Are Young" - December 2011 - #12

Glee - "We Are Young"
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New Directions reunited just in time for Christmas on the third season of Glee. For an appropriate song to use celebrating the reunion producers turned to the song "We Are Young" by alternative pop group fun. Glee's version helped pull the original by fun. on to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. fun.'s recording would go on to be a #1 smash hit single. The Glee episode was titled Hold On To Sixteen.

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5. "Forget You" - November 2010 - #11

Glee - The Substitute
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Glee demonstrated how successful current hit songs could be for the show. Here guest star Gwyneth Paltrow takes the lead on a "clean" version of Cee Lo Green's "F**k You!" This performance was featured in the episode titled The Substitute.

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4. "Rumour Has It / Someone Like You" - November 2011 - "#11

Glee - "Rumour Has It / Someone Like You"
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It looked like Glee's chart impact was finally starting to languish in its third season. Then along came a mash-up of two songs from Adele's album 21, the bestselling album of the year. It reminded us all how powerful a Glee performance can be. The rival all-girl Glee club the Troubletones rides intense emotion to a stomping beat. The result barely missed the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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3. "Teenage Dream" - November 2010 - #8

Glee - "Teenage Dream"
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The introduction of new character Blaine provided the occasion for an all-male a capella version of Katy Perry's hit single "Teenage Dream" on the episode titled Never Been Kissed. The arrangement is stunning. Backing vocals were recorded by the Tufts University a capella group Beelzebubs who finished second on the first season of the TV show The Sing-Off. The result was the biggest sales week yet for a Glee song.

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2. "Loser Like Me" - March 2011 - #6

Glee - "Loser Like Me"
Courtesy Fox Television

Glee's New Directions perform at the Regionals competition in the episode Original Song. The show does introduce original songs here, and the biggest is the big ensemble number "Loser Like Me." Fans responded positively and made this song one of the biggest hits of all time from the show.

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1. "Don't Stop Believin'" - June 2009 - #4

Glee - "Don't Stop Believin'"
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This is the song that started it all. It is William McKinley High School's glee club named New Directions performing Journey's classic "Don't Stop Believin'" in the Glee pilot episode that convinces the group's coach Will Schuester to stay at the school and stick with the club. Journey's original version hit #9 in 1982.

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