Apparently I have just stopped listening to music. Even with a last-minute effort to pump it up, I have fewer than I did in the first round. I can't possibly be this stingy with entrance requirements, can I? Still, good to document the ones I did fall in love with. It makes them more special.
[Edit: It occurs to me that I actually have a YouTube account and if I had half a brain, I would turn these into a playlist so you only had to click one link. ...I WILL NEVER GET THE LOGISTICS OF THIS PART RIGHT.]
20. Pink – Perfect
Change the voices in your head
Make them like you instead
(Hear that, Voice?) (Voice: Hear ya. Not happening.)
We absolutely do not acknowledge any versions of this song which may have unclean lyrics or other words in the title, understood? Great. Because these are amazing lyrics as far as inspiration and support go.
21. Lady Gaga – Alejandro
She's got both hands in her pockets
And she won't look at you, won't look at you
Just kill me now. (Sorry, Past Me, but I love everything about the brilliant pop-synth music, and do not object to the lyrics on any strong grounds
22. Skylar Grey - Love the Way You Lie
On the first page of our story
The future seemed so bright
The Rihanna song, minus everything that makes it horrible, set to nothing but simple piano with the prettiest voice currently being wasted in the music industry today. Only a demo, but since that will probably never change, I feel comfortable promoting it as-is.
23. Glee Cast (Dianna Agron/Lea Michele) – I Feel Pretty/Unpretty
I wish I could tie you up in my shoes
Make you feel unpretty too
I was told I was beautiful
But what does that mean to you?
It is like a duet of angels. Heartbreaking angels. (I'm convinced the episode version is different and Dianna's voice is much softer and prettier on the opening, though.)
24. Glee Cast (Lea Michele) – Go Your Own Way [+ video clip]
Loving you isn't the right thing to do
In what will quickly become a theme for the Fleetwood Mac covers...happiness! Regardless of content, her voice is just so energetic and bouncy. This “traditionally sung by a man” argument is clearly invalid.
25. Glee Cast – Don't Stop
If your life was bad to you
Just think what tomorrow will do
This is on a whole new planet of happy. I literally cannot listen to its uplifting self without ending in a giant grin. Starting with the video clip probably helped with that, so although crap quality and flipped, it's important. Take what I found if you don't watch the show.
26. Glee Cast (Kristin Chenoweth/Matthew Morrison) – Dreams
Thunder only happens when it's raining
I believe this vocal blend is known in the music world as “exquisite perfection.”
27. Glee Cast (Dianna Agron/Corey Monteith) – I Don't Want to Know
I don't want to stand between you and love, honey
I just want you to feel fine
Light and peppy and, despite being supposedly anger-fueled, it's really quite high-spirited. Love the plinky acoustics that open it.
28. Subtle Sexuality – The Girl Next Door
I'm on a customer service call
I see you two holding hands across the hall
Mostly silly lyrics combined with oddly professional video editing. It's the Rebecca Black of Office music! But cuter.
29. Miriam Stockley – Perfect Day
On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature's warning
For those of you who missed or ignored my fanvid rec, bringing it back in basic song form. All haunting and pretty and painting scenic pictures of wild landscapes, sort of with Celtic elements, or at least a gorgeous orchestral backing. Quite possibly my favorite in this batch. Apparently it was originally included on "The Beatrix Potter Music Collection," if that influences your decision to click the link at all.
30. Glee Cast – Light Up the World
You and me keep on dancing in the dark
Turns out it doesn't take very many listens to embrace this as a fun dance track in the manner of “Loser Like Me,” albeit with much less meaningful lyrics. But also without chanting and grammar fail.
31. Glee Cast – Yeah!
(cannot in good conscience quote stupid lyrics)
And if I'm doing that one, well, the nameless girls' group can have this one. I tend to cut out soon after it goes into straight rapping, but this is ridiculously catchy and I am in love with all the vocal inflections the girls use to make Usher music sound less stupid. And sometimes, I even make it through the rap, because she has SO MUCH OWNING-IT ATTITUDE.
32. Glee Cast (The Warblers) – Misery
I wrote 200 letters I won't ever send
I was brainwashed by too many radio plays of the original, which I kept listening to because it reminded me of how much I had, over time, grown to love the Glee version, because Darren Criss's voice is smooth and Adam Levine is a whiny aural pain. That, and I really missed the boys' harmonizing vocals. To think, I once gave this song a “meh.” (Future Me: we're kind of back to meh.)
33. Anna Nalick – These Old Wings
She found herself where people go in gloom
For friends that are buried there
She wrote a note to God on a balloon
And watched as it disappeared
I've always liked her, even enough to buy a CD, but I've also always thought she had just a little more singer-songwriter potential in her. OH, HERE IT IS. Listen to all the pretty backing flute and simple instrumentation and coherent storytelling lyrics!
34. Glee Cast (Corey Monteith/Lea Michele) – Pretending
How long do I fantasize
Make believe that it's still alive?
Told you it'd be on here, just took longer than expected. The lyrics and pleasant ballad-melody have finally outweighed the Finn/Rachel-ness of it all.
35. Pink – Please Don't Leave Me
Can't you tell that this is all just a contest?
The one that wins will be the one that hits the hardest
I mistake this song for Kelly Clarkson every time it comes on the radio until I recalibrate and place her voice. I have no idea whether or not I really like this song or not, as it's a last-minute addition and it seems like the kind of message I'd hate, but it gets stuck in one's head. And now I can't stop thinking about how much I want it to get involved with Glee, ideally covered by Santana.
Michael Buble – Haven't Met You Yet
I've broken my heart so many times I stopped keeping track
The song itself? Excruciatingly boring. But thanks to this amazing fanvid, it is now more deeply linked to How I Met Your Mother than HIMYM's actual theme song. It is not a song I will seek out on my own without the video, but every time I hear it on the radio, I mentally replay the video and cannot stop smiling.
Adele OR Glee Cast (Jonathon Groff/Lea Michele) – Rolling in the Deep
The scars of your love remind me of us
The Glee cast version would be on the list proper if I could convince myself there's no way they failed to censor a certain word, but the internet did not reassure me and now my ears hear it all of the time. Cannot cope. That said, as much as I have professed to hate the original, once Glee made it a song for and about Jesse and Rachel, the lyrics overpowered the vocal fail, at least enough for me to bear when it comes on the radio. The vocal fail that comes with Adele's version also comes with musical win, which the a capella Glee version lacks. Tl;dr: lots of little parts that never quite make up a whole.