The Best Glee Numbers of Season 3–So Far

Aside from its sharp wit, phenomenal cast and endless parade of guest stars, if there is one thing Glee is known for it’s, its over-the-top musical numbers and this season has been no different with several showstoppers worthy of the Glee Hall of Fame. In  honour of its return to television tonight, here’s a refresher of the 10 best musical numbers performed in the first half of Season 3.

#10 Spotlight (Mercedes Jones)

With one of the best, most consistent voices on Glee, you’d think Mercedes would be one of the show’s shining stars but that hasn’t been the case for the diva who has been mostly relegated to Aretha Franklin songs and belting out big notes at the end of group numbers. So it was nice to finally see her stepping out from Rachel’s shadow in Asian F as she added her typical charm to this Jennifer Hudson single, so much so we’re willing to overlook the fact the song is about being trapped in an abusive relationship rather than an actual spotlight.

#9 Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do (Harmony)

Glee got it’s first Glee Project appearance early on with the arrival of Broadway-baby-in-training, Harmony (aka runner-up Lindsay Pearce) who lit up the screen with a breathtaking mash-up of show tunes. The cameo was a hit with critics who called it the highlight of the episode. Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club even went as far as dubbing her the “best new character ever.”

#8 Do They Know it’s Christmas (New Directions)

You either loved or hated the closing performance in Glee’s much-talked about Christmas special. While some critics felt singing a song about starving during the holidays at a soup kitchen was a cruel choice, there’s no denying the vocal talent of those kids. You tell me there’s not a tear in your eye by the time they belt out “there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas.”

#7 Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another (New Directions/Trouble Tones)

We’ve seen them perform in the music room, we’ve seen them light up the stage but never have we seen the cast of Glee electrify a game of dodge ball with one of their fun mash-ups. Between the lively acrobatics and Santana’s brutal athletic prowess, mash-off gave us a number that wasn’t only a treat to listen to but unique to watch as well.

#6 We Got the Beat (New Directions)

Senior year was kicked off right with a light upbeat pop song in the cafeteria to recruit new talent. The fun table-top choreography and Rachel’s always perfect vocals made for a memorable opening number.

#5 Run the World (Brittany S. Pierce)

Miss Spears 2.0 has had little to do in her senior year at McKinley but this powerhouse performance was definitely a highlight. In an effort to show her classmates they needed a strong woman for their class president, Brittany leads the female student body in an angry dance routine set to Beyonce’s chart-topper about female domination. She may have won over the school but she also won over the fans.

#4 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Finn Hudson)

Anyone who’s grooved to season 2’s I Feel Pretty/Unpretty will tell you that sometimes it’s Glee’s quieter moments that make the show. In one of the most heartfelt scenes of the season, Finn sings a stripped down version of Cyndi Lauper’s dance hit to his closeted nemesis, Santana. Between his gravely voice and intimate body language, Finn provided fans with a moment stripped of everything fans have come to expect (and sometimes roll their eyes at) from Glee. No glitz, no flash, just heart.

#3 I Will Survive/Survivor (The Trouble Tones)

Lets be honest, The Trouble Tones deserved that sectionals win. Between the fierce choreography and Santana/Mercedes’ powerful vocals, McKinley’s all-girl glee club had that win in the bag and if them winning would have made any sense for the story, they probably would have.

#2 We Are Young (New Directions)

Few were familiar with the New York-based band, Fun before Glee’s climactic sectionals number but the warm, happy-go-lucky song combined with the New Directions finally becoming one again made for a moment so completely Glee, fans couldn’t help but remember them.

#1 Rumour Has It/Someone Like You (The Trouble Tones)

Who knew that when Mercedes, Santana and Brittany defected to the Trouble Tones, it would result in some of the best musical numbers the series has had in years? This Adele mash-up from the season’s penultimate episode is the obvious stand-out and while some may say it’s an overrated choice, I believe it’s the best number they’ve done. Ever.

Television’s Best High School Girls–Part 2

As long as there’s been high school shows, there’s been engaging, interesting and downright entertaining female characters that propel the shows into must-watch territory. Let’s face it, this isn’t a genre that lets the guys have all the fun. Next month will see the return of One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Glee and The Vampire Diaries; shows driven by their exceptionally talented female casts, so lets look at the 20 most exceptional females television has given us over the decades: Numbers 10-1

#10 Kelly Taylor (Beverly Hills 90210)

How can I not mention the first quintessential California dream girl? This spoiled mall princess may have began the series as a popular pot stirrer but over the show’s 10 seasons developed into a sympathetic character anyone would be proud to call a friend.

#9 Effy Stonem/Mini McGuiness (Skins)

Two for the price of one, these troubled characters from across the pond have a lot in common. Aside from both being incredibly beautiful, they’re also seriously messed up with complex problems that go deeper than the typical “insecure mean girl” further proving the UK just does it better.

#8 Faye Chamberlain (The Secret Circle)

Talk about a killer witch. Not much stands out about this witchcraft-centric Vampire Diaries retread but the show’s saving grace definitely comes in the form of witchy bad girl, Faye Chamberlain. She’s so captivating, we’re willing to forgive the fact a girl who was born and raised in Washington mysteriously has an Australian accent.

#7 Summer Roberts (The OC)

If there ever was a definition for “valley girl” it’s Orange County’s Summer Roberts. Sure she’s essentially a walking punch line but there is something so sweet and genuine about her, audiences couldn’t help but fall in love with Seth Cohen’s unattainable dream girl.

#6 Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

She saved the world…a lot. The eternal vampire slayer managed to attend class, save the world from the brink of destruction on a regular basis and looked damn good doing it. And you thought you had problems.

#5 Katherine Pierce (The Vampire Diaries)

Okay, so this is a bit of  a cheat but doppelganger of a high school student sort of counts right? Kat is by far the most volatile person listed, ready to put a knife (or sink her teeth) into anyone who stands in her way, because at the end of the day Katherine Pierce only cares about one thing and that’s Katherine Pierce.

#4 Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)

Part Sherlock, part Gilmore Girl, this spunky teen sleuth is certainly the snarkiest female on my list. Her penchant for lightning fast quips and saving the day has made her a stand-out favourite even despite her show’s criminally short run.

#3  Santana Lopez (Glee)

Rachel may have the voice and Brittany may have the blissfully dim one-liners but when it comes to sheer awesomeness, no one can touch this fiery cheerio. The reigning Queen of Lima Heights Adjacent, Santana can cut any opponent down to size with  a swift death glare or pitch-perfect insult and we wouldn’t have her any other way.

#2 Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

It’s not every day one finds a TV character that’s both a deliciously conniving, teenage schemer and the moral centre of the show. This princess (soon literally) of the Upper East Side has been Gossip Girl’s runaway favourite since episode one and it’s no surprise thanks to her endless wardrobe, snarky quips and hidden vulnerability.

#1 Brooke Davis (One Tree Hill)

After following Tree Hill’s resident It Girl for nine years, is there any high school character on television more fully-formed than the one-and-only B.Davis? The cheer captain may have began Dawson’s Creek 2.0 as a trampy pot stirrer but that didn’t stop viewers from falling for the girl with the perfect dimples. Over the course of the series Brooke was given the ultimate redemption storyline going from troubled party girl to business-savvy fashion mogul and finally (in one of the series’ most rewarding moments) to mother.