The climax of “Glee’s” pilot episode is the all-in moment, for both the show and the people watching it. When the first notes of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” come up, that’s when it all comes together.
Cory Monteith‘s Finn, the jock and secret singer, is at the center of it. Monteith would go on to be the grounding force the show often desperately needed, and the seeds of that are in “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Here are a few more of Monteith’s best performances from “Glee.”
On the nose? Sure, since Rachel (Lea Michele) at the time was interested in a guy named Jesse. But Monteith delivers a great version of Rick Springfield’s song.
Another Journey song from the Season 1 finale, “Journey to Regionals,” and another Finn-Rachel duet. But just because it’s familiar doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.
“Losing My Religion”
“Grilled Cheesus” is a polarizing episode, but Monteith’s performance of the R.E.M. song was a bright spot.
“Just the Way You Are”
Season 2’s “Furt” was one of Monteith’s best episodes all-around, as Finn deals with Kurt (Chris Colfer) becoming his step-brother and their parents’ marriage. He doesn’t deal with it well at first but goes a long way to making things right with this performance at the reception.
“Man in the Mirror”
Before “Glee” did a full Michael Jackson tribute in Season 3, Finn and the male members of New Directions performed this song in “Hold on to Sixteen.” It’s an ensemble performance, but Monteith anchors it.
A fitting end to an emotional episode that saw several breakups and one Monteith’s high points in Season 4.
What were your favorite Finn moments on “Glee”?