What Are the Most Popular Songs by the Cast of ‘Glee’?

Glee, Fox’s teen drama about high school students in glee club quickly became a hit landing the show great ratings and the cast at the top of music charts when it premiered in 2009. 

Many songs by the Glee cast became popular but below are their top five most successful songs on the Billboard Music Hot 100 chart

‘Don’t Stop Believin’’

The cast covered Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the pilot episode of the series and revisited the track numerous times throughout the show’s run. Similar to how they began the show, the Glee cast sang “Don’t Stop Believin’” in Part One of the series finale. 

Cast of Glee singing “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey | YouTube

The popularity of the song is reflected in its Billboard Music charts ranking. Glee’s cover of the song is the cast’s highest ranked song on the Hot 100 chart. It peaked at No. 4 on June 6, 2009.

‘Loser Like Me’

In Season 2 of Glee, the cast started singing original songs in addition to covers. “Loser Like Me,” one of their originals written by music producer Adam Anders and Max Martin, became the show’s No. 2 song on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 6 on April 2, 2011. 

According to the show’s storyline, the glee club wrote “Loser Like Me” as a result of constant ridicule from Coach Sylvester (Jane Lynch).

‘Teenage Dream’ 

A year earlier, the Glee cast had another hit song on their hands in the form of “Teenage Dream,” a cover of Katy Perry’s original.

Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) sang the song with Dalton Academy’s singing group, the Warblers, when Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) joined him at school. 

Go to 1:05 to see the cast perform Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” | YouTube

“Teenage Dream” by the Glee cast peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Nov. 27, 2010. 

‘Forget You’

A week later, the Glee cast found themselves back at the top of the charts with their cover of “Forget You,” a song by Cee Lo Green.

Glee cast singing “Forget You.” | YouTube

Gwyneth Paltrow guest starred in the episode during which the song premiered and lent her voice to the track. The Glee version of “Forget You” peaked at No. 11 on Dec. 4, 2010. 

‘Rumor Has It/Somone Like You’

In one of their famous mash-ups (they combine two or more songs), the Glee cast tackled songs by Adele.

No easy feat they covered Adele’s hit songs “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You” in a mash-up which landed the Glee cast the No. 11 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Dec. 3, 2011. 

“Rumor Has It/Someone Like You” by the cast of Glee | YouTube

Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) performed the songs after one of the famous couples on the show broke-up. 

Glee cast has most Billboard Hot 100 songs 

It’s nearly impossible to pick the most popular songs by the cast of Glee simply because there are so many popular songs the cast sang throughout the show’s six-year run.

Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Becca Tobin, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Dean Geyeron
(L-R) The cast of Glee, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Becca Tobin, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Dean Geyeron. |FOX via Getty Images

According to Billboard, the cast of the show has the most Billboard Hot 100 hits by any artist. They have a total of 207 hits surpassing Lil Wayne (127), Elvis Presley (108), Drake (100) in second, third, and fourth place.