Cory Monteith's 13 Best 'Glee' Performances
Glee would not be what it is today were it not for Cory Monteith.
The actor brought a boyish charm to the lovable jock Finn Hudson, the all-American guy who would help make the revived McKinley High School New Directions champions. Monteith, who died Saturday at the age of 31, was the frontman for many of the show's best songs as his character would grow to anchor the underdog club. In his four seasons on the Fox musical, Monteith would cover artists including Journey, Michael Jackson, Queen and scores more, performing songs to support his gay step-brother, his girlfriend and the club itself.
Here are The Hollywood Reporter's picks for Monteith's best Glee songs.
1. Don't Stop Believin' (Journey, Season 1): This was the song that started a worldwide phenomenon and made Monteith and the rest of the cast overnight sensations. Monteith was the backbone of the original New Directions and it was his football star Finn Hudson who helped launch the club to what it became -- champions.
2. "Can't Fight This Feeling" (REO Speedwagon, Season 1)
Romance blossomed early for Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele). The jock battled peer pressure from his classmates for joining the club and having the eyes for the diva-in-training. When Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schue heard Finn singing this song after a game, he personally recruited him to anchor the glee club's revival.
3. "Hello, I Love You" (The Doors, Season 1)
When Sue (Jane Lynch) tries to come between Finn and Rachel, he reconfirms his feelings for his new love -- not his recent ex, Quinn (Dianna Agron) with this cover. The Doors frontman Jim Morrison died at the age of 28.
4. "Faithfully" (Journey, Season 1)
New Directions turned to Finn and Rachel's blossoming romance when it counted most in theGlee's first season finale, "Journey to Regionals."