Today’s clip comes from the final scene of the Glee pilot, and in many ways it’s the moment that launched the show into the pop culture stratosphere. This performance, the first taste of what the ragtag New Directions glee club was capable of, was the only morsel new fans had to savor during the long summer before the show returned.
You didn’t think I’d make it through this whole list without a Journey song, did you?
This spot could have been filled with any number of songs by Steve Perry and the boys — ‘Who’s Crying Now,’ ‘Stone in Love,’ ‘Open Arms,’ ‘Separate Ways,’ ‘Send Her My Love,’ just pick one. I’m going with ‘Don’t Stop Believin” because it’s the iconic Journey song, and also because its brand of muscular rock optimism really encapsulates the music of the 80s.