TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...
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As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish.

Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects.

A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee" cast pertains to Billboard charts. With the Fox series' third soundtrack, "Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna," set to storm this week's Billboard 200 album chart, here is a look at previous acts that have blurred TV with music and risen to the head of the class on Billboard surveys.

The Monkees
Chosen from among 400 applicants, the quartet instantly dominated the Billboard 200, reigning with its first four albums for a total of 37 weeks. The Monkees enjoyed six Billboard Hot 100 top 10s, including the No. 1s "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer," between 1966 and 1968. A 20th anniversary reunion in 1986 proved the series' everlasting appeal and produced the No. 20 Hot 100 hit "That Was Then, This Is Now."

The Archies
The cartoon garage band of Archie, Reggie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica (and Hot Dog) faired quite well in the real world, topping the Hot 100 with "Sugar, Sugar" for four weeks in 1969. Follow-up "Jingle Jangle" reached No. 10 in 1970, after "The Archie Show" had wrapped its memorable 17-episode run as a Saturday morning series on CBS.


Sesame Street

"The Sesame Street Book & Record" peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 in 1970 and won a Grammy Award for best children's album. Ernie enjoyed sud-cess with the No. 16 Hot 100 hit, "Rubber Duckie," and, in 1979, multi-tasking "Sesame Street" spinoff favorite Kermit the Frog waded to No. 25 with "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie." Smart E's' inventive "Sesame's Treet," a remix of the show's iconic theme song, reached No. 20 on Dance/Club Play Songs and No. 60 on the Hot 100 in 1992.

The Partridge Family
"I Think I Love You" topped the Hot 100 for three weeks in 1970, marking the first of seven hits for the ABC TV family. The group also placed seven albums on the Billboard 200 from 1970 to 1973. As a solo act, David Cassidy has inked four charted albums, most recently spending a week at No. 147 with "Then and Now" in 2002.

The Brady Bunch
Before Greg tried on, and promptly ditched, the Johnny Bravo suit, he and his five siblings reached No. 108 on the Billboard 200 with "Meet the Brady Bunch." The album included a pair of classics from the series: "Time to Change" and "We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter." In 1995, the soundtrack to "The Brady Bunch Movie" (featuring a grunge-infused update of "Girl" by Davy Jones) peaked at No. 138.

Blues Brothers
Originally a "Saturday Night Live" skit for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the pair ruled the Billboard 200 in 1979 with "Briefcase Full of Blues," and the TV/movie franchise produced four more charted titles through 1998. On the Hot 100, the duo reached the top 20 with "Soul Man" (No. 14) in 1979 and "Gimme Some Lovin' " (No. 18) in 1980.

The Dukes of Hazzard
The Duke boys could steer a song up the charts pretty fast, too. John Schneider placed 17 songs on Country Songs between 1981 and 1987, including four No. 1s and the No. 13-peaking ode to his biggest role, as Bo Duke, "Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad." His TV cousin Luke, aka Tom Wopat, scored 10 Country Songs entries from 1986 to 1991. After Waylon Jennings' "Theme From the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" topped Country Songs in 1980, the cast released a soundtrack to the series. The set featured a tribute to perhaps the show's biggest star, Johnny Cash's No. 26 Country Songs hit, "The General Lee."

Miami Vice
The action adventure series' soundtrack topped the Billboard 200, and Jan Hammer's theme song led the Hot 100 in 1985. A year later, Don Johnson, like his character's wardrobe, shone brightly on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 5 with "Heartbeat."

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
The pair pocketed four Hot 100 hits in 1988-89, led by the No. 12 pop/rap classic "Parents Just Don't Understand." It was Will Smith's segue to acting, however, that has defined his legacy. "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996, after which Smith became a multi-media titan. In addition to receiving two Academy Award nominations, he's ruled the Hot 100 with "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" in 1998 and "Wild Wild West" in 1999.

The Simpsons
The family's stamp on pop culture over the last 20 years includes three trips up the Billboard 200, led by "The Simpsons Sing the Blues," which reached No. 3 in 1991. In 2007, the soundtrack to "The Simpsons Movie" peaked at No. 108 on the Billboard 200 and No. 8 on the Soundtracks survey. (Despite Lisa's musical leanings, the album did not appear on any Billboard jazz charts ...)

Guys Next Door
After the overwhelming domination of New Kids on the Block, NBC created a Saturday morning comedy/music series focusing on a similarly-styled boy band quintet. Signed to SBK/EMI Records, Guys Next Door reached No. 42 on the Hot 100 with the melodic pop ballad "I've Been Waiting for You."

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