24 “Glee” Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

I know it’s not cool to admit this. But Rachel turns anything into sonic gold.

1. “Firework” — Katy Perry

Katy Perry is a fantastic pop song writer, but Lea Michele’s voice turns this song into an experience.

2. “Jar Of Hearts” — Christina Perri

This one comes down to whether you’re a fan of Michele’s power vocals over a subtler treatment. I am.

3. “Chasing Pavements” — Adele

Adele is wonderful, but Melissa Benoist’s voice is perfectly suited to this sad jam.

4. “When I Get You Alone” — Robin Thicke

Darren Criss and the Warblers turn this Thicke groove into an epic romance.

5. “What Kind Of Fool” — Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb

Technically this song never aired on the show, but it made it onto the Warblers album for a reason.

6. “Teenage Dream” — Katy Perry

Proof Katy writes a great song!

7. “What I Did For Love” — A Chorus Line

Lea Michele’s voice.

8. “Cry” — Kelly Clarkson

Again, I say, Lea Michele’s voice.

9. “Shake It Out” — Florence And The Machine

Look at the chills Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, and Jenna Ushkowitz just put on your forearms.

10. “Tongue-Tied” — Grouplove

OK, I admit part of the reason I love this song was that it was a perfect final moment for the original Glee cast.

11. “River Deep, Mountain High” — Ike and Tina Turner

It’s honestly a shame that Rivera and Riley don’t sing together more.

12. “Love You Like A Love Song” — Selena Gomez

Rivera’s rasp is perfection.

13. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” — Cyndi Lauper

Cory Monteith’s greatest performance.

14. “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” — Celine Dion


15. “Rumor Has It / Someone Like You” — Adele

Technically a mash-up, but this version takes the best parts of both songs and comes up with something even greater.

16. “I Feel Pretty / Unpretty” – West Side Story, TLC

Delicate acoustic guitar + two thematically opposed songs + tender vocals from Lea Michele and Dianna Agron = yes, please.

17. “Without You” – David Guetta

Suddenly you feel the loss and the want and the angst buried behind the EDM, all thanks to one Miss Rachel Berry.

18. “Landslide” – Dixie Chicks

Gotta give Goop props for doing the best cover of a cover (it doesn’t compare to the original but who cares).

Controversial picks ahead:

19. “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” — Meat Loaf

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/47753875.

The original version is a wonderful, rambling thing. But the Glee version is lovely and fun and showcases the brilliance of Jim Steinman while being… easier to listen to.

20. “Don’t Make Me Over” — Dionne Warwick

Amber Riley was made for this song.

21. “How Will I Know” — Whitney Houston

This song perfectly — almost too perfectly? — melds four voices into the most beautiful a capella song ever performed on Glee.

22. “Poker Face” — Lady Gaga

This Idina Menzel/Marvin Hamlish arrangement is perfect.

23. “Smooth Criminal” – Michael Jackson

There is something about that cello, y’all.

24. “If I Were A Boy” – Beyoncé

I KNOW, IT’S BEYONCE. But Unique’s downtempo drama beats Queen B’s rage.

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