Video: The 10 Most Popular 'Glee' Performances

<p>As <a href="/news/glee-cast-tops-elvis-presley-for-most-hot-1005036732.story">"Glee" emerges as the all-time Hot 100 leader for most chart appearances</a>, beating Elvis' record of 108 entries on the chart, let us take a minute to revisit the songs that led the cast to the top honor. Billboard presents the top ten most popular "Glee" performances, based on U.S. digital download sales of each track, according to Nielsen SoundScan. You can probably guess which song came out on top, but some of the others just might surprise you!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/news/glee-cast-tops-elvis-presley-for-most-hot-1005036732.story"> <strong>'Glee' Cast Tops Elvis Presley for Most Hot 100 Hits</strong></a></p><p>Watch the performances right here and get reacquainted with Rachel, Finn, Mr. Schue and the whole "Glee" gang from seasons one and two.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=2"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Singing in the Rain"/"Umbrella"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>10. Total Eclipse of the Heart</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 291,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/g7uDs3uihVM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>Although Rachel may have meant well, Puck, Finn and Jesse were offended to see themselves triple-cast in her "Run, Joey, Run" music video at the tail-end of season one -- so much so, Jesse breaks up with her. The episode ends with the spurned Rachel singing a tearful version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as the boys leave, accompanying her vocals at times. We love Rachel's vulnerability and all her egocentric crazy, but how many times will we see her cry and sing simultaneously? Of all her emotional outbursts turned performances, this one takes the cake.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=2"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Singing in the Rain"/"Umbrella"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=3"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "It's My Life"/"Confessions Part II"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>9. Singing in the Rain/Umbrella</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 315,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TpKZcPU51MQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>In this wet 'n' wild mashup from early season two, Gwyneth Paltrow's Holly Holliday and Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester go head-to-head with the waterworks -- and not of the crying variety, either. The magnetism was palpable, Holliday's girls donning black raincoats and strutting about to Rihanna's hit "Umbrella," while Schuester's guys kicked and skipped about the stage on the classic "Singing in the Rain." The result? An almost seamless transition between songs that showed off the undeniable chemistry that Morrison and Paltrow's characters possessed. Our question: With all that water, someone should be making sure Artie's wheelchair doesn't rust, right?</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=3"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "It's My Life"/"Confessions Part II"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=4"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Poker Face"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>8. It's My Life/Confessions Part II</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 325,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/og_8Trt_nTs?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>While the "Glee" girls put in a valiant effort, their male counterparts ended up winning the mash-up face-off on season one -- at least they did in the minds of "Glee" fans, who have downloaded a few more thousand copies of the "It's My Life"/"Confessions Part II" combination than "Halo"/"Walking on Sunshine." Bon Jovi's classic arena rock anthem meets Usher's tell-all ballad in this (also pseudoephedrine-assisted) performance. Is it questionable and bizarre? Yes and yes. Does it entertain? Completely.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=4"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Poker Face"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=5"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Halo"/"Walking on Sunshine"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>7. Poker Face</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 326,000</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In an emotional climax of "Glee" season one, Rachel (Lea Michelle) finally fulfills her big dream: To come face to face with her birth mother. But when she finds out that mommy dearest (played by Idina Menzel) is the coach of competing team Vocal Adrenaline, things get more than complicated. In their departing moment together, Rachel and her vocal dynamo mom take down Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" in a stripped-down way that brings a completely new feeling to the dance track. Our response: Oh baby.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=5"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Halo"/"Walking on Sunshine"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=6"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Somebody To Love"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>6. Halo/Walking on Sunshine</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 337,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FPhbfX1HhDI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>Yes, glee club is all about unity and teamwork -- but a little healthy competition doesn't hurt, either. In season one's sixth episode, the girls and boys split up and faced off against each other with choreographed mash-up performances. The girls created one spectacular combination of Beyoncé's "Halo" with Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine," leaving the boys and Mr. Shue (Morrison) dazzled. Of course, that was due in part to the fact that both teams were using performance enhancers (given to them by none other than their teacher's wife.) With their bright yellow dresses and pseudoephedrine-induced grins, the girls took the concept of "glee" to its absolute extreme.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=6"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Somebody To Love"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=7"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Defying Gravity"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>5. Somebody To Love</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 338,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lXcn1gnCF_Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>Rachel's departure from glee club in season one's fifth episode was thankfully brief -- the singer rejoined her classmates just in time to perform this group version of a 1976 glam-rock classic. While it's safe to say that Finn (Monteith) is no Freddie Mercury, "Glee" fans seemed to love his boyish interpretation of the song's freedom cry just as much as the Queen frontman's. Watch out for Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), who delivers a killer glory note at the end.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=7"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Defying Gravity"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=8"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Teenage Dream"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>4. Defying Gravity</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 375,000</strong></p><p><object id="skplayer" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9.0.115.00" width="412" height="324" name="skplayer"><param name="movie" value="http://v.nate.com/v.sk/movie/0|212094557/20100314140301028786901001"><param name="allowFullscreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></object></p><p>Lea Michele is a Broadway-trained singer at heart, but we didn't get to hear the full extent of her musical theater chops until the first season's ninth episode, where Rachel and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) battled it out for the chance to sing this "Wicked" ballad at sectionals. Rachel won out after Chris sadly botched the song's final high note, but the two paired up offscreen to record the official single, making for a powerful duet that fans loved.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=8"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Teenage Dream"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=9"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Forget You"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>3. Teenage Dream</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 440,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/E46BhMIRujI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>When Kurt (Colfer) transferred to the all-male private school Dalton Academy due to bullying at McKinley early in season two, Gleeks were less than thrilled at the idea of their most fabulous New Directions member getting little time in the spotlight. But when "Glee" fans saw Kurt's new singing group, the Warblers, take on Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" with crushing a capella harmonies, we thought, "New Directions? Who?" The Warblers, led by the dreamy Darren Criss, have shined brightly on the show ever since their first showing with "Teenage Dream," which reached No. 8 on the Hot 100 back in Dec. 2010, but no performance has stood up to the group's original appearance.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=9"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Forget You"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=10"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Don't Stop Believin'"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>2. Forget You</strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 526,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/e1_B9FCZJMA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"><param><param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p><p>"What would you know about Cee Lo? 'Cause you're, like, 40," Santana scoffs at Gwyneth Paltrow's Holly Holliday character in season two episode "The Substitute." "Top 40, Sweetcheeks," Holliday shoots back, launching into the censored version of Green's 2010 megahit "F**k You." Sure, it's not as soulful as Cee Lo's original, but what did you expect? Paltrow's version is just as fun, and most notably garnered her a spot performing alongside the tune's originator at the 2011 Grammys.</p><table style="width: 412px;" border="0" bgcolor="blue"><tbody><tr bgcolor="blue"><td align="left">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: right;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="/features/video-the-10-most-popular-glee-performances-1004082570.story?page=10"> <span style="color: white;"> <strong>next: "Don't Stop Believin'"</strong> </span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong> <strong>1. Don't Stop Believin'</strong> </strong></h3><p><strong>Downloads: 1,102,000</strong></p><p><object width="412" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x9d28q?width=320&amp;theme=none"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></object></p><p>The Glee cast's very first full-group number is still its most popular. No surprise, considering Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is a long beloved and often-downloaded tune outside of "Glee." But Rachel, Finn and co. still manage to deliver a fresh take on this anthemic '80s song about the power of sheer optimism. When the "Glee" kids sing, "Everybody wants a thrill," you get the feeling they may actually mean it more than anyone who's sung it before them -- and that's saying something.</p>