'Glee' Songs Wish List: 20 Tracks That Should Make It Onto the Show
Madge's 1984 hit 'Material Girl' never appeared on the 'Power of Madonna' episode of 'Glee,' but we feel there's still time to get it in. A self-professed 'Gleek,' Madonna, who plans on taking the 'Glee' cast on tour with her, should take her fandom just one step further and sing the 'Like a Virgin' hit on an upcoming episode.
'Cry Me a River'
Even though Justin Timberlake recently refused to let any of his songs be used on 'Glee,' he's reportedly in talks with producers to appear on an episode. After getting his acting chops down with numerous 'Saturday Night Live' skit appearances and with his role in the Oscar-winning 'The Social Network,' Timberlake could croon 'Cry Me a River' and swoop all the 'Glee' girls off their feet. We can see him as a recurring character, much like Gwyneth Paltrow's Holly Holliday.
'Little Red Corvette'
Gwyneth Paltrow already covered Prince's 'Kiss' in the recent 'Sexy' episode, but 'Little Red Corvette' is the better choice if His Royal Badness graces 'Glee' with his presence. The first song to reach the Top 10 for the artist (again known as Prince), from the epic 1983 release '1999,' mixes overtly promiscuous lyrics with danceable groove and would rightfully seal Prince's 'Glee' cameo with a kiss.
'Born This Way'
This song may be bigger than all of us. The record-breaking track, 'Born This Way,' the first single and title track from Lady Gaga's second album, is the perfect anthem to lead the 'Glee' troupe members in expressing their individuality, and we're told the song will be featured in an upcoming episode this season. "I love Glee," Lady Gaga told Entertainment Weekly. "I went to a musical theater school and used to dream that someday the students would be singing my songs."
'I Got You Babe'
Duets work -- especially on 'Glee.' This duet did the trick on television 30-plus years before 'Glee' was conceived. From the duo's 1965 debut album 'Look At Us, Cher and Sonny Bono's 'I Got You Babe' is one of the most legendary duets in history and can make for one memorable 'Glee' moment with the perfect pairing.
The 1986 hit for Janet – "Ms. Jackson if you're nasty" – gave the singer the status of empowerment, particularly backed by the 'Control' single 'What Have You Done for Me Lately,' leaving behind the message not to mess with Ms. Jackson. With this song being the perfect precursor to her follow-up, 'Rhythm Nation' in 1989, perhaps Janet Jackson can help Rachel, Brittany and Co. better embrace their girl power – and get 'Nasty.'
Elton John's soulful ballad from 1971, which appeared in the 2000 film 'Almost Famous,' is sentimental and lyrics "Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand/And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand/Hold me closer, tiny dancer," may transport some fans back to the early '70s. The 'Rocket Man' is already in talks with producer Ryan Murphy about a 'Glee' cameo.
'Hot n Cold'
Katy Perry oozes 'Glee.' The 'Firework' singer's tracks are a kaleidoscope of sexy, danceable, catchy beats. "Please! I would love somebody to start that Facebook group (a la Betty White) and persuade [the 'Glee' producers]," said Katy via Twitter. Her second-ever single would be a fun reprieve from her latest hits, which have already been covered by glee club ('California Gurls' and 'Firework' have been featured on the show).
'Shadows of the Night'
Pat Benatar really knows a thing or two about performing at school. Julliard-trained, the legendary singer's voice transfixed girls everywhere in the '80s, and her songs are just as powerful and anthemic today, including her 1982 hit 'Shadows of the Night.'
'Play With Fire'
The Rolling Stones
Intense, dirty and gut-wrenching, the soulful, Rolling Stones' 1965 hit from 'Out of Our Heads' was written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the late Brian Jones. 'Play' is infectiously moody and embodies the softer yet darker surface of the Stones.
What better way to say 'F--- You' without the Cee Lo track (already featured on 'Glee') than with Joan Jett's 1981 hit from her debut album of the same name. Fresh from the Runaways, Jett pulled her former teenage angst into adult rebellion and into one fiery blitz of girl power. We can already see the Glee Club ladies rocking along with Jett to this one.
Kanye West will want to do what he wants. He'll want to sing what he fancies, but if producer Ryan Murphy has any say, West should go back to his roots -- to his 2004 debut, 'The College Dropout,' with 'Jesus Walks' and another track -- perhaps a mashup of old-meets-new Kanye.
'Please Please Me'
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
It doesn't get much better than Paul McCartney wanting a guest spot on 'Glee.' The Cute Beatle recently said that he would love to appear on the show. He even personally sent producer Ryan Murphy a set of the Beatles songs that can be used on the show with a handwritten note saying, "I hope you'll consider some of these songs for 'Glee.'" Any Beatles track would sound amazing on 'Glee,' but why not the harmoniousness of the Beatles' 'Please Please Me' (1963) – to start!
'Party in the USA'
Miley Cyrus has already proved that she's a TV pro for five years as Disney's 'Hannah Montana' and her recent success on 'Saturday Night Live,' where she did a spot on impersonations of Fergie, Justin Bieber and even Lindsay Lohan. Bravo! Miley has the pipes to nail any tracks on 'Glee,' including her own, like the dance-y, patriotic 'Party in the USA' from her 2009 release 'The Time of Our Lives.'
'Chain of Fools'
"Respect' was already used on an episode of 'Glee' during the first season, but Aretha Franklin's 'Chain of Fools' has as much gusto to give the 'Glee' fans their next dose of the Queen of Soul. The 18 Grammy Award-winning diva is back to her old self, following her recent illness, so perhaps she'll pay 'Glee' a visit.
'I Drove All Night'
'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' It's as simple as that, but Cyndi Lauper can tug at the heart. Even though her most memorable ballad, 'True Colors,' was already featured on an episode of 'Glee,' there's so much more from her mighty mezzo-soprano pipes to tap into, including her 1989 hit 'I Drove All Night.'
'You Might Think'
Now that the Cars have reunited (sadly without bassist, and founding member, Ben Orr, who passed away in 2000), it's the perfect time to get Ric Ocasek and the boys back into the scene, preferably with 'You Might Think,' the first single from the band's fifth album, 1984 release 'Heartbeat City.' The band will soon release its first album in 25 years.
'Genie in a Bottle'
Like ex-'Mickey Mouse Club' co-star Justin Timberlake and other Disney stat Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera should have a permanent spot on 'Glee.' So far, the closest she's come to the McKinley cast was her and 'Glee' cast member Lea Michele's Super Bowl XLV performances. Despite her recent ups and downs, Aguilera is a powerhouse whose songs can bring some sexy to 'Glee,' namely with her 1999 debut single, 'Genie in a Bottle.'
'Hanging on the Telephone'
Deborah Harry (Blondie)
Also Julliard-trained like our other 'Glee' hopeful Pat Benatar, Kate Bush would be the perfect vocal coach for the Glee Club. She won't step on Mr. Schue's territory too much, but with Bush's vocals reaching insanely high proportions, she may offer the Glee Club some new direction.