Cory Monteith’s lovable, dopey quarterback, Finn Hudson, was undeniably the heart of Glee (2009 – 2015); he brought the club together, he elevated them whenever they were down, and he was always ready with a – usually unconventional yet effective – pep-talk.
From the first sight of his boyish smirk, audiences around the world were enamoured with Monteith, and then they saw him perform. Cory held an enthusiastic flare throughout his performances, often embodying this classic rock persona that we could only admire.
In his four years on the show, Cory left a lasting impression on viewers, and in honour of his work, let’s take a look back at some of his greatest musical moments on Glee.
Paradise By The Dashboard Light (3.21)
Everyone had their share of the spotlight during season 3’s nationals competition but no one can deny that the moment belonged to Cory. He throws his entire heart and soul into this performance and his effort is exceptional. Hearing him hit those high notes still gives us goosebumps!
I Don’t Want to Know (2.19)
The chemistry between Cory and Dianna Agron was magnetic and their voices would blend extraordinarily well together in the few songs they shared. Their energy during this scene is comical as they gradually grow more and more passive aggressive, making for an excruciating minute and a half for the New Directions.
Losing My Religion (2.03)
A lot of Monteith’s strengths were rooted within his acting abilities so when Finn struggles with his faith, the R.E.M classic allows him to effectively express these doubts. He carries it with an emotional drive, encapsulating Finn’s feelings of emptiness and vulnerability.
I’ll Stand By You (1.10)
One of Cory’s most memorable performances comes from season 1 when Finn sings this song to Quinn’s sonogram. Monteith sings with pure emotion, exploring the softer tone of his voice and, while it was also sung to honour him in ‘The Quarterback’, Cory’s poignant rendition will always illustrate how talented he was as an actor and a singer.
I Can’t Go For That/You Make My Dreams (3.06)
Not only is this number a lot of fun to watch, it is wholesome and extremely catchy. It’s another song of Monteith and Agron’s that emphasises how well matched they were as scene and musical partners. It’s also a treat to watch Monteith bust out his iconic dance moves, which he does with a quirky air of confidence. It’s hard not to smile whenever we watch it back.
Damn It, Janet (2.05)
Finn Hudson embodied Brad Majors in every way possible. Before the show even tackled The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Finn had the same clumsy, dorky personality as Brad whilst exuding similar leadership qualities. He captured the character perfectly; it’s a shame that we couldn’t have seen a full production of the student show because Finn would have been fantastic.
Borderline/Open Your Heart (1.15)
‘The Power of Madonna’ is filled with gems and this performance is no different. Everyone wants to be looked at the way Finn looks at Rachel (Lea Michele) during this number. There’s simply no question about the connection between the two. It is enchanting. This is easily one of the best (and severely underrated) ‘Finchel’ duets.
She’s Not There (2.11)
In a bid to unite the glee club and football team, Finn takes the lead in this zombified performance with his teammates stumbling around behind him. Monteith was always at his best with classic rock. It was part of his unique charm and this number exposed all of his strengths – including his dancing.
More Than a Woman (3.16)
Finn shares the dance floor with several of his peers in a rare moment where we see all of the central couples perform together. It is delightfully romantic. This is also a significant episode for Finn, Santana (Naya Rivera) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) as they all contemplate their future and reach a new development.
Barely Breathing (4.04)
No one has ever placed their finger on why there was only one duet between Finn and Blaine (Darren Criss) on-screen. In the scene, the pair are both troubled over where their respective relationships with their partners stand as well as their place in the world. Monteith does an incredible job at conveying Finn’s inner turmoil, which sets the rest of the episode into motion.