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The Best of Cory Monteith

Many hearts were crushed yesterday when news broke that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel in Vancouver. As a fellow gleek, I know how heartbroken I am! An exceptional talent, the 31 year old actor will certainly not be forgotten. To honor his legacy on GLEE, I’ve comprised a list of some of his best hits on the series.

The Best of Cory Monteith:

Season 1:

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’: Who could forget the song that made us fall in love with Finn Hudson?
  2. Can’t Fight this Feeling: Originally debuted in the shower, this song won Hudson a spot in the glee club.
  3. I’ll Stand by You: Probably one of Finn’s most memorable songs. Even if the baby wasn’t his!
  4. You’re Having My Baby: Remember when Quinn was pregnant? Good times. This was the precious song that both gave comfort to Quinn AND got her kicked out of her house. Nice one, Finn.
  5. Hello, I Love You: Ah Yes. The Hello assignment.
  6. No Air: (Duet with Rachel) Probably my favorite Jordin Sparks cover of all time, this song was one of the original glee ballads!

Season 2:

  1. I’ve Gotta Be Me: This song HAD to be on this list. Monteith does Sammy some jazzy justice.
  2. Losing My Religion: As doubtful as we were about glee performing an REM song, it certainly worked in the plot line and won our hearts.
  3. Just the Way You Are: Simply beautiful. Dedicated to Kurt, this is the song that made Finn Hudson a man.
  4. She’s Not There:  Who has the power to unite a football team a bunch of loser singers? Finn Hudson, that’s who! (Oh and don’t worry, I love those geeky singers. DUH.)
  5. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: (Duet with Rachel) Dangerously amazing harmonies.
  6. Damnit, Janet: ROCKY HORROR. Need I say more?
  7. I Don’t Want to Know: (Duet with Quinn) Rumours episode. I don’t know if it was the fact that the episode revolved around one of my favorite albums or if it was the fact that I was dying for Quinn and Finn duet that made this episode so special.
  8. Pretending: (Duet with Rachel) An original song, written by Finn himself, featuring the kiss that lost the New Directions nationals, but won the hearts of Finchel fans everywhere!

Season 3:

  1. More Than a Woman: Honestly, there aren’t many disco songs that I can say I truly enjoy. But look at Monteith hit those high notes! Exceptional.
  2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: A slow and beautiful ballad song for Santana.
  3. Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way Or Another: Speaking of Santana, this duet is AWESOME. The dodgeball game is just icing.
  4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Who would have thought a traditional Christmas song could be turned into a rock anthem? Finn and Puck apparently.
  5. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You: (Duet with Rachel). Can we talk about how long I waited for Glee to give a tribute to Michael? SO LONG. Pure perfection.
  6. Glory Days: (Duet with Puck). The perfect anthem for graduation.

Season 4:

  1. Barely Breathing: (Duet with Blaine). FINALLY. A duet between Finn and Blaine.
  2. Juke Box Hero: (Duet with Ryder) It was only fitting for Finn to instill the confidence in Ryder, Will had instilled in him.
  3. Bye Bye Bye/ I Want it That Way: Probably the most amazing mash up of all time. As a child of the 1990s, I have no words. JUST SO GOOD. As for the feud between Will and Finn, thank goodness that didn’t last long.
  4. Fight for your Right to Party: (Duet with Puck) This song marked Monteith’s last appearance on glee. At least he ended on the same alternative rock vibe he started with.

It truly is a tragedy to see someone with so much talent be taken so young. Cory Monteith inspired millions of individuals and he was so much more than his addiction. I can’t even imagine Glee continuing without him. (Almost as much as I can’t imagine my life without Glee!!) My prayers go out to his co-stars, friends, family, and especially Lea. His legacy will continue forever. He really was the “glue of Glee.” He took that midnight train going straight to heaven. RIP.

The lights of the world are a little dimmer today.

The 20 Best Movie Hits Ever Released on Soundtrack

There a few things more crucial than picking the perfect songs for a film soundtrack. An entire scene can be governed by what song plays in the background. Just think, what would these movies be like without the following hits? Honestly, what’s better than the perfect music and film selection? I’ll tell you what: Nada.

The 20 Best Movie Hits Ever Released on Soundtrack

  1. Hero, Chad Kroeger- Spiderman (2000)
  2. Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds , The Breakfast Club (1985)
  3. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, Dirty Dancing (1987)
  4. War, Edwin Starr, Rush Hour (1998)
  5. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly, Space Jams (1996)
  6. Take my Breath Away, Berlin, Top Gun (1986)
  7. Eve of the Tiger, Survivor, Rocky III (1982)
  8. My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion, Titanic (1997)
  9. I’m a Believer, Smashmouth, Shrek (2001)
  10. Hedwig’s Theme, John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  11. Shout, The Isley Brothers, Wedding Crashers (2005)
  12. Skyfall, Adele, Skyfall (2012)
  13. What I’ve Done, Linkin Park, Transformers (2007)
  14. Keep Holding On, Avril Lavinge, Eragon (2006)
  15. Lose Yourself, Eminem, 8 Mile (2002)
  16. Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts, Cars (2006)
  17. Broken, Seether feat. Amy Lee, The Punisher (2004)
  18. Bring Me to Life, Evanescence, Daredevil (2003)
  19. Old Time Rock And Roll, Bob Seger and the Big Bullet Band, Risky Business (1983)
  20. A Thousand Years, Christina Perry, Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

**This list is excluding musicals for obvious reasons.

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Sources:

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15 Timeless Duets

Duets: Two great voices, one great song. What’s not to love? Music comes and goes, but there are those songs the stand the test of time.

15 Timeless Duets

  1. Come What May-  Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor from Moulin Rouge
  2.  Broken- Seether feat. Amy Lee
  3.  For Good- Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzell, the Original Broadway Cast of WICKED: the Musical.
  4. Endless Love- Diana Ross feat. Lionel Richie
  5. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson feat. Siedah Garrett
  6. Islands in the Stream- Kenny Rogers feat. Dolly Parton
  7. No Air- Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
  8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Elton John feat. Kiki Dee
  9. My Boo- Usher feat. Alecia Keys
  10. You’re the One that I Want-  John Travolta and Olivia- Newton John from Grease
  11. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-  Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley Dirty Dancing
  12.  Stereo Hearts- Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levigne
  13.  Baby, it’s Cold Outside- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  14.  Telephone- Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga
  15.  Whiskey Lullaby- Brad Paisley feat. Allison Krauss*

*Song Contributed by Coworker Andrew Matthews

May the Fourth Be with You,

The City that Never Sleeps

“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of

There’s nothing you can’t do

Now you’re in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new

Big Lights will Inspire You

Let’s Hear it for New York, New York,

                          

One of my favorite cities on the planet. I may even move back here after college. There is NOTHING about this city that you can’t love: The Broadway Musicals, the shopping, Time Square, Central Park, the music scene, the nightlife, the constant throngs of people, a Starbucks on every corner, and so much more.

 For those of you who have never been, book a flight immediately. It’s called the “City that Never Sleeps” for a reason!

I posted this on another blog the night before I left for New York City for Spring Break! Since it’s both musical and artsy, I’m bringing it back to this blog! So here you have it, fifty of the best songs about New York City.

 

The Top 50 Songs about New York City:

  1. Empire State of Mind – Alecia Keys and Jay Z.
  2. New York State of Mind -Billy Joel
  3. I Love New York – Madonna
  4. New York, New York -On the Town
  5. New York – Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jadakiss
  6. Theme from New York, New York -Frank Sinatra
  7. Give my Regards to Broadway -James Cagney
  8. New York Groove -Ace Frehley
  9. On Broadway -George Benson
  10. New York Lights -Fort Atlantic
  11. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  12. Moving to New York -The Wombats
  13. New York Minute – Don Henley
  14. Bells of New York City- Josh Groban
  15. The Secret to New York – We the Kings
  16. Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo)- Alice Cooper
  17. New York City Cops- The Strokes
  18. Manhattan- Kings of Leon
  19. Manhattan- Ella Fitzgerald
  20. Living for the City – Stevie Wonder
  21. Rhapsody in Blue- Leonard Bernstein with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  22. No Sleep Till Brooklyn- Beastie Boys
  23. Brooklyn- Buckcherry
  24. Brooklyn Bound- The Black Keys
  25. Brooklyn Go Hard- Jay Z feat. Santigold
  26. Autumn in New York- Billie Holiday
  27. New York City Serenade- Bruce Springsteen
  28. Across 110th Street -Bobby Womack
  29. Harlem Shuffle- Bob & Earl
  30. I And Love And You- The Avett Brothers
  31. Coney Island-  Death Cab for Cutie
  32. Angel of Harlem- U2
  33. I Love NYC- Andrew W.K.
  34. Let’s Have a Kiki- Scissor Sisters
  35. The Message- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five feat. Melle mel and Duke Bootee
  36. Subway Train- The New York Dolls
  37. Daddy Don’t Live in the New York City No More- Steely Dan
  38. Anniversary- Suzanne Vega
  39. Englishman in New York- Sting
  40. Gypsy- Fleetwood Mac
  41. Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones
  42. Uptown Girl- Billy Joel
  43. Bitter Sweet Symphony- The Verve
  44. Harlem – Bill Withers
  45. Stayin’ Alive- Bee Gees
  46. Take the A Train- Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  47. Jenny From the Block- Jennifer Lopez feat. Jadakiss and Styles P.
  48. The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side- The Magnetic Fields
  49. New York- The Sex Pistols
  50. Downtown Train- Tom Waits

 

 

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” -Tom Wolfe

 

 

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