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Top Thirteen Songs of Glee Season 4

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It’s the exciting finale of this year’s thrilling season of Glee, and although I imagine there’s gonna be some top-notch, memorable and totally-worthy-of-winning-a-national-competition performances, I’m gonna announce now what have personally been the musical highlights of this season.

I mean there’s just so much talent to pick from.




But I managed to narrow them down to just thirteen. Here we go, in roughly ascending order:

[EDIT: This post did originally feature youtube videos, but of course they stopped working, so i put some pictures up instead <3]


Girl On Fire – Santana

Gotta love a bit o’ Santana. She’s had quite a few awesome and well deserved solos this season for someone that only became a regular character again two thirds of the way in. This song is my favourite of them (And not just because I can pretend she’s singing That Boy Is A Bottom…)

The end sequence is particularly beautiful and inspiring, seeing her emerge from the subway station and onto the streets of New York. As sad as her leaving Brittany behind is, this ending just makes me very happy.


It’s Time – Blaine

Look at him. Just look at him, skipping and playing cup games. D’aww. Blaine encourages Kurt to go chase his dreams in NY the only way he knows how, through the medium of song. Obligatory first episode school courtyard song, no less. But it’s lovely and adorable, and the working in of the skipping rope and cup games, representing the childhood Kurt is leaving behind, sob sob etc. is pretty cool too.


Teenage Dream (Acoustic) – Blaine

As I’ve stated before – Proof that Ryan Murphy is pure evil and lives off the smell of fangirl/boy tears.

Blaine prepares to tell Kurt he has cheated… yes, through the medium of song. But with an acoustic, stripped down, live-performed version of the song he sang when they first met.


Don’t Speak – Finn, Rachel, Blaine & Kurt

Great cover. God, this episode was depressing.


Beauty-School Dropout – Blaine

Some more Blaine! I just love this song, the performance is perfect, and that sad little Kurt and Blaine eye contect…

Ok, that’s quite enough of that. On to the fun stuff:


Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee – Kitty

That’s more like it. Kitty quickly became my favourite newbie: she was a huge bitch, and now she has a heart AND is a huge bitch. Perf.


Little Girls – Sue

I’ve pretty much been waiting four years for this. Or, maybe, my whole life.


Mama Mia – Whole flippin Cast

Ok, awful cover. Just an awful, awful cover. But god do I love this performance. Doesn’t watching them dance around just warm your heart? Don’t the lyrics just sum up your relationship with Glee? I know it does for me.


Wake Me Up Before You Go-go – Blaine and Sam

Hey, this episode was about guilty pleasures! I’m allowed to enjoy this song. I’m allowed to enjoy watching Blaine jump around in shorts and fluffy hair. I’m allowed to enjoy Blaine and Sam acting incredibly heterosexual with each other.


Copacabana – Sam

Yeah, um, I really liked this episode. Copa! Copacabana!


I Still Believe/Super Bass – Sue and Blaine

Boy, is there a lot of Blaine in this list. But that’s not the important part here.

Sue is doing Nicki Manaj.


Old Time Rock & Roll/Danger Zone – New Direction Boys

Ok, it’s a Tom Cruise medley. Nuff said.


Creep – Rachel and Brody

Easily the best performance of the season. Just when you hate Brody so much you’re willing for Finn to kick his ass, he goes and pulls off this performance and… oh, he can sing. Like, really… wow. I mean, I know he lied and stuff, but… maybe we were being just a little hasty, I mean… does he have to go? Just a couple of solos first?


And a very Special Mention to:

Come What May – Kurt and Blaine

I’m not the biggest Moulin Rogue fan, so sue me. But Klaine fans have been wanting this since Baby it’s Cold Outside so I’m pretty happy it happened. Plus, I like how it was done, so classy and meaningful (which is more than I can say for that movie, but I’ve said too much).

Join me next time (i.e. after I’ve watched the finale) for the worst performances of the season!



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Steve Listens to (Bad?) Music

I have what some people may describe as a ‘bad’ taste in music.

I would disagree, I would say that I have a very varied taste in music. There are few musical genres I don’t like, but I’m also not big on searching out music or discovering new music, and prefer music to find me or to just to stick with what I know and like. When I was kid I only listened to soundtracks from musicals. The first albums I ever bought were My Chemical Romance’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, Blink 182’s Greatest Hits, and Smash Mouth’s Greatest Hits, and for a while I would only ever listen to these albums. At another point in my teens I would almost exclusively listen to the bands Taking Back Sunday, Fallout Boy and Nightmare Of You.  I later branched out to Brand New, and there was a period where I was researching goth culture and bought The Cure’s Greatest Hits and these are now two of my favourite bands. At one point in Fresher Year I had a minor obsession with The Smiths. I also love 80s music like nobody’s business.

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I tend to buy Greatest Hits, compilation CDs or soundtracks to TV shows and films I like, and this is generally how I discover music. I used the download fanmixes a lot (where fans make ‘mix tapes’ for a character or pairing on a show) or swap mixed CDs with my friends, as I could discover new music still associated with something I knew I liked. This is how I ‘do’ music.

Now you may be reading this list of various bands and artists I have liked (all of which I still like) and be thinking oh god her music taste is terrible. Others may be reading it thinking yeah cool I like them too. We all have different music tastes and everyone – EVERYONE – has something in their music collection that they love listening to that they’re ashamed of, or at least somebody would mock them for. So I understand if you’re someone who doesn’t like my music tastes, or who thinks my approach to finding and listening to music is a crime against music itself or whatever, believe me, I get it. We all also have music that we find annoying. For example, I would probably feel the same way about you if you’re someone who likes the annoying club music they play at my work (I don’t, by the way, work in a club. I work in a supermarket, which probably makes it worse). And god knows I constantly take the piss out of my other half whose favourite artists include Celine Dione and Nickleback.

To this, my lovely fiancée would simply narrow her eyes at me and retort that I am one to talk, seeing as all I listen to is the music from Glee.

Which may or may not be completely accurate. Or, partially accurate. I currently have my iPod on shuffle and am reconnecting with my non-Glee music collection (currently listening to: Vogue – Madonna (!)) but for the most part, yes I like listening to the music from Glee. A lot. I stand by this strongly, partly because I love Glee – something I’m sure I’ll display a lot further in this blog (and there are also things I don’t like about Glee, which I’m sure I’ll also get into in this blog) – and partly because it fits in with how I like my music. It’s a soundtrack to a tv show I like, that is constantly updating and providing new music from a variety of genres, much of it with a show tune twist (or A Capella, oh god A Capella!), whilst letting me stick with what I know and love. It also provides me with new music to discover (Journey’s Greatest Hits – check!) and whilst my beautiful better half claims this makes me one of the douchey kids who suddenly love music once it’s been on Glee, I’d say is there ever actually anything wrong with people discovering new music? At least I’m not one of the kids that are like ‘hey whose this old guy covering Glee?’. Those people don’t deserve music.

Does it even matter what kind of music one listens to? Let’s just agree to disagree and talk about music we DO both like! Like – Lady Gaga? No? Queen? Come on, everyone likes Queen! (currently listening to: Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen (!)) Avenged Sevenfold? Bowling For Soup? Goyte? Katy Perry? Beyonce? …Weird Al??

If you’re appalled by any of my music tastes, and have any music you’d like to recommend, feel free to drop a comment! Help to expand Steve’s music knowledge!

If you’d like to moan at me about Glee or any other music I’ve mentioned, please go here.

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