In Commemoration of Cory Monteith: Top 10 Glee Songs

July 24, 2013


In commemoration of the sudden and tragic passing of beloved “Glee” cast member Cory Monteith, we’ve decided to take a look back at the imprint Monteith’s show made on modern music – quite a significant one, in fact. As reported by Billboard, “Glee” is the all-time leader for the most chart appearances on the Hot 100. That means that the hit musical dramedy show has broken the record long set by musical legend Elvis, who contributed an impressive 108 entries to the chart.

Based on download sales of each individual track in the United States, the following is a compilation of the ten tracks that top the extensive list of “Glee” hits:


  1. Total Eclipse of the Heart – 291,000 downloads
  2. Singing in the Rain/Umbrella – 315,000 downloads
  3. It’s My Life/Confessions Part II – 325,000 downloads
  4. Poker Face – 326,000 downloads
  5. Halo/Walking on Sunshine – 337,000 downloads
  6. Somebody to Love – 338,000 downloads
  7. Defying Gravity – 375,000 downloads
  8. Teenage Dream – 440,000 downloads
  9. Forget You – 526,000 downloads


And the #1 Glee song of all time goes to…(no surprise here):


  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – 1,102,000 downloads


Simply the fact that “Glee” has garnered the most chart appearances on the Hot 100 ever is enough to prove that the show has, in the last five years, taken a firm grasp on pop culture and held on tight ever since. It’s a show that has brought back the reign of musical-styled programs to the mainstream scene, as well as proved that sometimes, being uncool is…well, cool.

Cory Monteith, who played lead character Finn on the hit show, succeeded within moments of appearing on-screen in winning the hearts of millions. The 31-year-old star, who passed away in his Vancouver hotel room from accidental drug overdose, was remembered this week by his “Glee” family, who put on a candle-lit vigil in his honor. Co-star Amber Riley tweeted about the heartfelt event, saying: “Yesterday I got to sit with my Glee family and remember a man I considered a brother and a friend. With a heavy heart, RIP Cory Monteith. Continued prayer for his family and Lea. Sending hugs to all you gleeks.”

A similar vigil was held in Vancouver recently, which welcomed more than 250 fans outside the hotel Monteith passed in. Those gathered left notes and balloons adorned with written tributes as a memorial to the talented actor.

Fellow “Glee” star Jane Lynch described the genuine and admirable qualities of Monteith on her recent visit to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, proclaiming him to be a “really great guy.”

“Cory’s one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light.” She shared. “He was one of those guys that…you know, he knew he was breathing rarified air…the gifts that this wonderful show gave us. He was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous. He was one of those adventurous types of people. I always admired how he would get up…you know, he would fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family and we’ve lost a really great guy.

“He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. That’s just the kind of guy he was. Just a real giver.”

In regards to the cause of Monteith’s untimely demise, singer-songwriter Demi Lovato spoke out, describing it as a “disease. It’s not a choice. Nobody chooses to use. He didn’t choose to die. It was the disease.”

From everyone at WeKnowTheDJ, we remember the warm light that Cory Monteith cast across the globe with both his talents and his spirit. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.

RIP, Cory. Thank you for everything.


-Shelley DeHekker


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