Tribute episodes in glee are a thing.
They always have been there and they always will be there. Some people hate it. Some people love it. Some people are meh on it.
They have always been there. They will always be there. As long as their as artists who are more than happy to let glee peruse their song catalogue then they will happen.
Love it. Embrace it. Move on.
The most recent tribute episode was one about The Beatles. There is also an upcoming Billy Joel tribute episode. It’s something that will be done until glee ends. Like I said, embrace it.
Now tributes for the most part can be hit or miss. It’s usually just a bunch of songs crammed in by the artist with some thinly made plot. Ultimately the music is pretty awesome, but it’s really just a filler episode. Oh and then all the teenagers blurt out random facts about the artist/band they are covering. That part always sounds super weird.
Now there are some cases where a balance between song, plot, and tribute is somewhat well maintained. Some of these examples include “Power of Madonna” (season one episode fourteen), “Saturday Night Glee-ver” (season three episode sixteen), and “Dance With Somebody” (season three episode seventeen).
So what other artists should glee pay tribute too?
5) The Rolling Stones
The other great rock band from across the pond. If I ask someone to name two bands from the UK, then I’m going to get The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It is just that simple. The Stones are on hell of an amazing band. They got Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. They’re still freaking touring. THEY BEEN TOGETHER FOR FIFTY YEARS DAMMIT! I don’t want deserves tribute if not that fact alone. They’re even still releasing music as late as 2008 and live albums as late of last year.
Three of the Stones songs have been involved with Glee: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (season one episode thirteen “Sectionals”), “Start Me Up” (season two episode six “Never Been Kissed”), and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (season three episode ten “Yes/No”). Two of the songs were in mash-ups.
Songs That Should Be Included: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”, “Wild Horses”, “Honky Tonk Woman”
Glee is no stranger to covering Queen Bey. Her music has been featured on the show since season one: “Halo” (season one episode six “Vitamin D”), “Crazy In Love” (season one episode eleven “Hairography”), “Run The World (Girls)” (season three episode three “Asian F”), “Diva” (season four episode thirteen “Diva”. I’m not even mentioning the famous football player “Single Ladies” dance in “Preggers” (season one episode four) and again by Burt Hummel in “Goodbye” (season three episode twenty-two). She was also covered by Lea Michele on the Glee Graduation Album. Then there’s “Listen” (season two episode one “Audition”) which she sung in the Dreamgirls movie.
Oh and that’s just solo career. Destiny’s Child of which Beyonce was apart of has been covered three times on the show: “Bootylicious” (season one episode eleven “Hairography”), “Bills, Bills, Bills” (season two episode eleven “Sue Sylvester Shuffle”), and “Survivor” (season three episode nine “Hold Onto Sixteen”). She’s also is going to covered in an upcoming episode of Glee.
This list ALONE is enough for like TWO tribute episodes are something.
I need a break to catch my breath. Boys?
SO it shocks me that Beyonce has never been honored by Glee. Consider this. Britney Spears has been covered TWICE. Beyonce? Nope. Not once. This feels like such a major disconnect! Beyonce is like the biggest female performer in the world right now. (If this is wrong then I was like 95% sure. So sorry.)
Still. It’s Beyonce. Do it Glee.
Songs That Should Be Included: “Crazy In Love” (a full version), “Independent Woman Part 1”, “Lose My Breath”, “Baby Boy”, “Love On Top”, “Fever” (it’s a cover she did that was smoking), “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
3) One Hit Wonders
This would be so appropriate for this season. Why? New Directions wants to win for a second time and prove they’re not one hit wonders of their own. Honestly they’re probably not going to have three tributes so close to each other. I can still dream though.
One-hit wonders are a genre of music of their own. We all know dozens of them without realizing it. So a tribute week for Glee to cover these beauties would be so much appreciated.
Songs That Should Be Covered: “Tubthumping”, “Come On Eileen”, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, “Tainted Love”, “Don’t Stop The Music”
I love Motown.
Seriously I grew up in a house where The Temptations, The Jackson Five, The Marvelettes, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder (and just so much more) playing nearly all the team. The harmonies, the musical interpretation, the influence Motown had on music. I mean Motown is Motown. It’s a record company and a genre unto itself.
Glee has covered several Motown songs: “You’re All I Need To Get By” (season four episode fourteen “I Do”), “Stop! In The Name Of Love” (season two episode six “Never Been Kissed”), “You Keep Me Hanging On” (season one episode seven “Throwndown”). Then there is the fact that both Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, who were involved with Motown, each got tribute episodes (season four episode twenty “Wonder-ful” and season three episode eleven “Michael” respectively).
You want to do a tribute that has changed the face of music, glee? DO A MOTOWN TRIBUTE! Even the most influential bands of all time has covered a Motown song!
Please glee? Come on guys. Make it happen.
Songs That Should Be Covered: “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “Please Mister Postman”, “Baby Love”, “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “What’s Goin’ On?”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “I Wish It Would Rain”
This is going to never happen. Why? Well Disney owns rival network ABC. So yeah it’s not happening. Which is a major bummer. Disney songs are the most nostalgic thing for the generation represented in glee. We turn to the music for comfort and for something that we all know.
Though they did let Glee used “Bella Notte” from Lady and the Tramp in “New York” (season two episode twenty-two). So maybe?
Disney songs are magical things. A tribute episode to the magic that they make us all feel. It would legitimately fit that this generation would get all gooey and nostalgic over Disney songs. They are just such a huge part of our cultural identity.
This would be a two-parter. You got so many too choose from!
Songs That Should Be Covered: “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Friend Like Me”, “A Dream Is A Wish You’re Heart Makes”, “Almost There”, “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”, “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)”, “Bare Necessities”, “Part Of Your World”, “King Of New York”, “Seize The Day”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
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