There's a reason the critics are raving about Glee, and it's not its hard-hitting approach to tackling teen issues. It's the musical performances! The Gleeks' interpretations of a wide range of ballads, raps, rock anthems and show tunes are what make this campy new series just plain fun. The show's first soundtrack album, Glee: The Music, Volume 1, hits stores today. To celebrate — and to sustain yourself through the hiatus — check out a list of our favorite musical numbers (and a few of our least favorites) and weigh in with your list.
Glee song goes gold
Song: "Don't Stop Believin'"
Original Artist: Journey
Why We Loved It: It's the song that started the Gleek phenomenon, and what a way to kick it off. The talented kiddies of McKinley High take the '80s power ballad and use it as their mantra to get New Directions off the ground. Their peppy cover reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes.
Watch the video after the jump.
The final music video directed by Heath Ledger is out online now.
The actor, who won a posthumous supporting-actor Oscar for The Dark Knight, had behind-the-camera interests, too, specifically directing music videos.
The video is for the song "Cause An Effect" recorded by Ledger's childhood friend...
Fall Out Boy's lead singer Patrick Stump is a lost soul out at sea in the group's brand-new music video for "What a Catch, Donnie." Check out Stump all alone on his boat, with nothing but his trusty piano and his new friend the seagull. Plus, keep an ear open for some familiar lyrics.
Shakira is showing off her famous mid-region (and some leg) in a new video for her single, "She Wolf" off her album Beware of the She Wolf.
Rather than just shaking and gyrating her hips, Shakira isn't shy about contorting her body in a cage and showing off her isolation moves. Donning a flesh-toned body suit and black spandex with massive cutouts helps up the sexy factor quite a bit as well.
Watch the Colombian beauty unleash her inner animal in the video after the jump.
Jon Bon Jovi, Stand By Me
"It was fate," music producer Don Was says of the recording of a special version of "Stand By Me" by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Iranian musician Andy Madadian as a tribute to the people of Iran in the wake of their turbulent national elections.
David Hasselhoff and Hayden Panettiere
Some actors just can't be satisfied with good looks, money and fame. They have to sing too. For every Frank Sinatra or Jamie Foxx — stars who excel in both fields — there's a one-talent person who should have stuck to memorizing his or her lines. (We'll soon find out if Gossip Girl Leighton Meester is the next double-threat or just another Heidi Montag, whose "Sex Ed," we could do without.) Check out these 13 music videos and share your top picks.
After five years, the music group No Doubt reunited to perform in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to kick of the Today show's summer concert series.
Why such a long wait to go back on tour, you ask? "It's my fault," lead singer Gwen Stefani said on Friday. "I was in post-baby mode." She also pursued her solo career. The bandmates explained how excited they are to join forces again and perform for their fans, and revealed they will soon appear on an episode of Gossip Girl.
Check out the group's performance of their hit "Don't Speak" in the video below:
Watch the video after the jump.
Camp Rock's heroine Demi Lovato isn't reserving her song and dance routines for summertime. The up-and-coming Disney darling is premiering her own music video for "La La Land" Friday, December 19 (Disney Channel, 8 pm/ET).
The video for the song, a pop-rock track written by Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, promises to...More, after the jump.