Chart Analysis: With 'Glee,' Cory Monteith Made History On The Hot 100

GLEE: Finn (Cory Monteith, L) and Emma (Jayma Mays, R) challenge the glee club to find their inner powerhouses for "Diva Week" in the "Diva" episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Feb. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Eddy Chen/FOX

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As a member of the cast of Fox's "Glee" – and a key one at that – Cory Monteith helped set one of the Billboard Hot 100's most vaunted records.
 
As the "Glee" cast tallied an immense 206 Hot 100 entries since the series' 2009 premiere, the troupe set the record for the most appearances, by far, in the chart's nearly 55-year history. In reaching its sum, the cast dethroned Elvis Presley, who had long held the record (108 Hot 100 hits). (Presley now ranks third, after the "Glee" cast and rapper Lil Wayne (119). Presley tallied a record 80 top 40 hits, however, as compared to Lil Wayne's 63 and the "Glee" cast's 51. Comparing top 10 hits, Presley notched 25, while Lil Wayne has posted 18. Just three of the "Glee" cast's songs have reached the top 10.)
 
As previously reported, Monteith was found dead at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel Saturday (July 13). He was 31.
 
Starting with the act's highest-charting hit, its No. 4-peaking remake of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," the "Glee" cast set its Hot 100 record via the series' model of releasing multiple tracks, almost exclusively covers, with each week's new episode (many of which would spend a lone week on the survey, due almost entirely to digital sales. And, while the show's cast divides vocals among its singles, all have been released under a "Glee Cast" billing).

In the "Glee" pilot, Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, was discovered by Matthew Morrison's character, Will Schuester, who recruited him for the school's glee club after hearing him sing REO Speedwagon's 1985 No. 1 ballad "Can't Fight This Feeling."

The rest was chart history.
 
Upon Monteith's passing, and in honor of the "Glee" cast's place in Hot 100 history, here's a look at the ensemble's 10 top-charting hits:
 
Rank, Title, Hot 100 Peak, Year
1. "Don't Stop Believin' " (No. 4, 2009)
2. "Loser Like Me" (No. 6, 2011)
3. "Teenage Dream" (No. 8, 2010)
4. "Forget You" (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow) (No. 11, 2010)
5. "Rumour Has It"/"Someone Like You" (No. 11, 2011)
6. "We Are Young" (No. 12, 2011)
7. "Singing in the Rain"/"Umbrella" (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow) (No. 18, 2010)
8. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (featuring Jonathan Groff) (No. 16, 2010)
9. "Get It Right" (No. 16, 2011)
10. "Poker Face" (No. 20, 2010)

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