‘Glee’ music preview: Cory Monteith, Lea Michele shine in graduation finale

The time is almost here!

If you are Team Finchel all the way, odds are you are probably going to like most of the music featured during Tuesday night’s “Gleeseason finale (entitled “Goodbye”). Both Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s characters have multiple solos during the episode, and there are also some duets and group numbers.

Get out your hankies — this is going to be a difficult hour to watch. After all, it’s hard to even listen to the music at this point without welling up. (Note: The following songs are all from the graduation album, and there is no guarantee that they are all appearing in the episode proper.)

“Glory Days” – Anchored by Mark Salling and Cory Monteith, this song is supposedly going to be performed during the graduation ceremony proper. If you’ve heard the Bruce Springsteen version, you’ve pretty much heard this — but with that being said, it’s still pretty great to listen to.

“Forever Young” – One of the few performances anchored by someone other than Monteith or Michele, this Bob Dylan classic is anchored by Matthew Morrison’s Will — who has a solo at just the right time.

While there are a number of sad moments in the music for this episode, this is the one that had us sniffling the most.

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” – This is the song that if you are a high school senior, you have heard at least two million times. Green Day has made millions on their music, but this song along could probably get them a few mansions

Cory and Darren Criss anchor the performance, and do a stellar job — even if the cover version is pretty much the same arrangement as the original. (Update: As of this time, this song does not actually look like it will be in the episode — even if it is on the album.)

“Roots Before Branches” – This song is almost exclusively a Rachel / Finn duet, and it’s rather beautiful. The Room For Two song may not be the most familiar choice for fans of the show, but it is effective — and the message of the song perfectly exemplifies how they cannot forget just where they come from.

“Not the End” – Monteith carries this performance of The Bravery’s song, which is also one that many fans may not be familiar with. However, this is a great song — and it’s also nice to hear him sing something that is a little bit more modern than what Ryan Murphy and Alex Anders typically throw in his direction.

Cory has had some great moments this season, and it is looking more and more like he is going to have a great finish.

“I’ll Remember” – Now, we turn to Kurt for a moment! Is it just us, or does Chris Colfer’s voice just perfectly suit Madonna covers? This is one of the best covers of the entire episode — even though it doesn’t do much new with the actual song, you feel just about every note Kurt is singing.

“I Was Here” – Another Rachel performance, and this time she’s taking on Beyonce. Are producers giving Lea and Cory so many solos with the knowledge that they are the main characters for the show going forward? It’s possible.

While this would have been a good opportunity for a Naya Rivera or Amber Riley solo, Lea does a great job with it.

“You Get What You Give” –  For the final performance from the episode, we turn to New Directions as a whole to wrap things up. Is this the song at the end of the episode? It would certainly seem appropriate, as they all take on one last number together and rock out.

Is the music in them? Definitely — and we hope it stays there.

What is your favorite performance from this episode? Stay tuned — we’ll have more previews and spoilers from the finale leading up to it airing.

Photo: Columbia Records

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