You never forget your first time watching “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”
We’ve already ranked the top Glee performances of all time, which tend to be big group numbers. But any fan of the show also treasures its individual star-making moments – whether they’re quick ditties sung in the choir room, or, inexplicably, full solos sung at a competition.
In honor of the musical dramedy’s 100th episode, which airs tonight, we looked back over Glee’s first 99 installments to pick out our favorite musical moments for each main character. (And by that, we mean the ones who sing a lot – sorry, Emma and Sue Sylvester.) Watch video of our selections below – and then tell us your personal faves in the comments.
Rachel: “Don’t Rain On My Parade”
The birth of a superstar, and the solo that launched a thousand Funny Girl rumors.
Artie: “Safety Dance”
Kevin McHale’s breakout moment – and the series’ most depressing fantasy to date.
Finn: “I’ll Stand By You”
The moment you took Finn Hudson seriously, and one of the performances you went back to re-watch after Cory Monteith’s passing.
Kurt: “Not The Boy Next Door”
We would have let you into NYADA ASAP, Kurt.
Mercedes: “I Will Always Love You”
It’s no surprise that Mercedes did sweet justice to the greatest diva song of all.
Puck: “Run Joey Run”
Silly, goofy, and so delightfully perfect for the always ridiculous Puck.
Blaine: “Teenage Dream”
Ever heard this one?
Santana: “Girl on Fire”
Santana sometimes gets stuck playing second fiddle, but moments like this show her power in its own right.
Quinn: “Say A Little Prayer For You”
It may be her singing debut, but it showed us a character fully formed.
Brittany: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”
Nobody can move like Brittany – this number played to her strengths and had us wanting to dance right alongside her.
This may be a duet, but we’ll be honest: We forgot how cute these two were together. Make it work, you crazy kids!
Another duet, but Sam has never been more charming. Plus: a guitar!
Unique: “If I Were a Boy”
This is why Unique has captured the hearts of so many viewers.
Marley: “New York State of Mind”
She may share the stage with Rachel, but this was the song that proved Marley deserved to be in the game as well.
Kitty: “Holding Out For A Hero”
You don’t want to be on her bad side, but she’s also a lot of fun.
Jake: “My Prerogative”
We didn’t know Jake had it in him!
Ryder: “Jukebox Hero”
With a great assist from Finn, this was Ryder’s welcome to the show – and our hearts.
Will: “Forever Young”
Oh, Mr. Schu, you really do care!
-Written by Marc Snetiker and Erin Strecker