Erin Strecker
July 19, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

1. Season 1’s Regoinals Medley
June 8, 2010 This chill-inducing group number — anchored by Monteith and Lea Michele’s sizzling chemistry on ”Faithfully” — didn’t win the competition, but it captured fans’ hearts.

2. ”I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
Jan. 31, 2012 This flirty ballad from season 3 showed why shippers kept rooting for ”Finchel” — love triangles (or quadrangles) be damned.

3. ”Losing My Religion”
Oct. 5, 2010 Monteith’s emotional, sweetly searching rendition of the R.E.M. classic in season 2 showcased his Everyman relatability.

4. ”Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
Nov. 29, 2011 Many of Glee‘s songs are fun karaoke covers. So when the show offers a truly original interpretation — like Monteith’s mournful take on Cyndi Lauper’s iconic ’80s hit in season 3 — viewers take notice.

5. ”Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Oct. 12, 2010 Monteith was often at his best when he was rocking out on the drums. In this season 2 duet with Michele, his bouncy beat took a frothy choir-room treat to the next level.

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