Glee wasn’t just your typical 2010s teenage drama series, and any former “gleek” will proudly tell that to you.
The show soundtracked an era, as well as brought a lot of representation to primetime TV. There were complex characters, some who you loved and hated at the same time, and it was filled with show-stopping musical numbers with dancing, singing and more.
With the show trending on Netflix as fans revisited the series following the passing of Naya Rivera, we found some of the best Glee covers of alt tracks to remind you just how amazing every episode was. Watch, remember and revel in the TV joys of years past.
“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
Who could forget when Blaine (Darren Criss) showed off his diva side in season 4 with this Queen number? He completely emulated Freddie Mercury, down to the leather jacket, and rocked the performance with the New Directions.
“Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne
This emotional scene from season 1 featured the New Directions showing Quinn (Dianna Agron) that they’ll be there to support her through tough times. It features solos from Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith), who is extremely emotional as he cries while singing this Avril Lavigne song to Quinn.
“Gives You Hell” by the All-American Rejects
Rachel really gave Finn hell for breaking up with her by singing this the All-American Rejects song directly at him so he truly knew the pain he caused. Not only did Rachel bring it with the vocals, but she delivered plenty of sass as well.
“The Only Exception” by Paramore
And on the other end of the spectrum, Rachel performed this emotional Paramore track to apologize to Finn. Truly, this episode shows off her starpower as a vocalist.
“Sing” by My Chemical Romance
In case you forgot, the Glee cast actually performed an MCR track as requested by Sue (Jane Lynch), which makes it even more hilarious. And while the version definitely has the glee club touch, it’s honestly a pretty good cover.
“Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes
The God Squad and Mercedes’ church choir took this performance of Gym Class Heroes to the next level, which was actually a singing valentine from Finn to Rachel. It looks like a scene out of High School Musical with crowds of people dancing in the school yard.
“Here’s To Us” by Halestorm
Rachel seems to be the scene queen of Glee, as she’s always singing alt tracks either to or about Finn. She sang this Halestorm one with the New Directions in season 3 as part of their regional setlist.
“Celebrity Skin” by Hole
Brittany (Heather Morris) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) made a political statement with this very fitting performance of Hole’s “Celebrity Skin.” They definitely brought attitude and plenty of guitar to the cover.
“Don’t Speak” by No Doubt
This scene in season 4 was absolutely phenomenal and captured all of the drama that comes with high school relationships. Rachel and Blaine make separate revelations to Finn and Kurt (Chris Colfer) before breaking out into this No Doubt song, which is filled with emotion.