Vulture

Skip to content, or skip to search.

who did it best

Glee vs. YouTube: Who Did It Best?

A few days ago, we asked you whether Rachel and Shelby's rendition of "Poker Face" could stand up to five of its YouTube competitors, and over 100 of you thought they could! Just to keep Ryan Murphy, Adam Anders, and the rest of the Glee cast on their toes, we've decided to make it a regular practice. This week, New Directions performed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" on the quad to try to prove that glee club isn't just for Broadway babies and pips with pizzazz. But were they successful?

Compare these versions of Jay-Z's and Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" to Glee’s and tell us: Who did it best?

As Performed By

Southern University Marching Band

Brassy.

As Performed By

Josh Raucci

"Josh would also like to let you know that drugs are bad and that he is not a fan."

As Performed By

LCD Soundsystem

They close the set with fire and balloons.

As Performed By

Greg Pattillo and Eric Stephenson

The coolest buskers below 14th Street ... and probably above 14th Street, too.

As Performed By

La Diva

This performance aired on GMA Network, the Philippines' No. 1 TV network.

As Performed By

New Directions

Big lights will inspire you ... to join glee club!