'Glee': 300 Musical Performances By the Numbers
From the top downloads to a decade-by-decade review and the odd inclusions, THR takes a look at the makings of a milestone.
On Tuesday's Glee, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley will make show history when the Troubletones perform a mash-up of Adele's "Rumor Has It"/"Someone Like You" for the Fox hit's 300th musical performance.
The Hollywood Reporter did an informal review of the list of all 300 musical performances -- which include everything from such one-offs as the Rocky Horror Picture Show episode to the Fleetwood Mac and Britney Spears tribute episodes -- and came up with some fun and interesting findings.
Top Downloads: According to Nielsen SoundScan, Glee's signature cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" still ranks as the show's No. 1 song, with more than 1.1 million downloads. Gwyneth Paltrow's cover of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" ranks second with 728,000, followed by Darren Criss and the Dalton Academy Warblers' cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (526,000), the New Directions original song "Loser Like Me" (499,000) and the mash-up of Gene Kelly/Rihanna featuring Jay-Z's "Singing in the Rain"/"Umbrella" performed by Paltrow, Matthew Morrison and the New Directions (427,000).
By Decade: A THR review found that the 1970s has produced the most cover songs. The past decade comes a close second and the 1980s ranks third, with the show's dedicated Rocky Horror and Madonna episodes greatly contributing to both tallies. Including songs from stage and screen, the series has covered songs penned in the 1920s -- like the gospel tune "This Little Light of Mine," originally written by Harry Dixon Loes. Glee has also featured a handful from the 1930s, including show tunes like "The Lady is a Tramp," from 1937's Babes in Arms.
New Directions Leaders: It's challenging to get a precise count for which New Directions member has performed solo the most as several of the group's performances (rightfully) credit the entire glee club. However, Lea Michele's Rachel Berry stands at the front of the class when a performer is listed solo. Amber Riley's Mercedes and Chris Colfer's Kurt follow close behind.
Source Material: Not surprisingly, songs performed from stage, film or TV musicals were at the top of the list when THR reviewed the original recording sources. In its two-plus seasons, Glee has featured music from Oliver, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Chicago, Wicked, Rent, West Side Story, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Dreamgirls, Hair, Funny Girl, The Wiz, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Chorus Line, Singin' in the Rain, All That Jazz, and … Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (among others). The series has also covered Madonna around 10 times; Lady Gaga five times; Britney Spears four times; and Katy Perry four times in addition to featuring numerous mash-ups beyond Tuesday's episode that features the double Adele performance.
Also Included: The 300 club also includes a few strange selections like "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" (which the Acafellas performed in Season 1); covers of The Star Spangled Banner and Chopsticks -- which technically could be considered the oldest songs performed on Glee. In addition, the Fox dramedy has featured Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" three times and featured a handful of original songs, including the wildly popular "Trouty Mouth" and one-hit wonders like Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby."
Click the next page to see a complete list of the 300 performances, courtesy of Fox. Which are your favorites?
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