A Mash-up is a song or composition created by mixing two different pre-recorded songs, or two different versions of the same song. There are several methods for "song blending." The songs in mash-ups do not have to be by the same artist.
The Mash-Up Concept and Composition In Glee
Mash-ups received special attention after the introduction of the concept and the creation of different song mixtures in the popular TV series, Glee. The type of mash-ups that are showcased in the show are the "A vs B" type
In Season One, nine mash-ups were showcased. Only two weren't released, neither in an album or as a single iTunes download.
In Season Two, eight mash-ups were showcased. Only one wasn't shown in the TV series but was released in an album.
In Season Three, eleven mash-ups were showcased.
In Season Four, twelve mash-ups were showcased. Only one wasn't released, neither in an album or as a single.
The series musical producer Adam Anders is the one in charge of composing the mash-ups that are performed in the show.
One mash-up was briefly showcased (specially on the "Director's Cut" Version). The concept was not introduced in this episode, though.
In the "1993 Western Ohio Show Choir National Championship," Will Schuester (who was 16 in that time) and the McKinley High Glee club performed a mash-up of KC and The Sunshine Band's That's the Way (I Like It) and (Shake, Shake, Shake) your Booty.
|That's the Way (I Like It)/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty|
|By: KC and The Sunshine Band/KC and The Sunshine Band|
|Performed by Will Schuester and the McKinley High School Glee Club.|
The concept was first introduced and performed in the episode Vitamin D, the sixth episode of the first season. As Will defined it: "A Mash-up is when you take two songs, and mash them together to make an even richer explosion of musical expression."
In this episode, the members of New Directions are split up in 2 teams: New Directions Girls and New Directions Boys, and they both have to create a mash-up and compete with the opposing team, and the winner gets to choose a number to perform at Sectionals.
Following this premise, the girls perform Halo/Walking on Sunshine, a mash-up of Beyoncé's Halo and Katrina and the Waves' Walking on Sunshine. The boys perform a mash-up of Bon Jovi's It's My Life and Usher's Confessions Part II.
|Halo/Walking on Sunshine||It's My Life/Confessions Part II|
|By: Beyoncé/Katrina and the Waves||By: Bon Jovi/Usher|
|Performed by New Directions Girls, with Rachel and Mercedes having solos.||Performed by New Directions Boys with Finn, Artie and Puck having solos.|
Though there's no Mash-up performed in this episode, the concept is mentioned a couple of times. Ken and Emma are getting married soon, they ask for Will Schuester's help, in order to mash-up two songs for the wedding party: My Fair Lady's I Could Have Danced All Night and Sisqós' Thong Song. Also, as the theme of the episode, Will wants the New Directions members to find a song to mash Young MCs Bust a Move with.
At the end of the episode, Will concludes that Thong Song can't be mashed-up with I Could Have Danced All Night and the New Directions realize that they can't find a song that could be mashed with Bust a Move.
In the tenth episode of the first season, one mash-up is performed. Wanting to tell Rachel that he wasn't romantically interested in her, as she was in him, Will Schuester sings a mash-up of The Police's Don't Stand So Close To Me and Young Girl by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap. It should be noted that some lyrics of Young Girl where changed in order to give the song the meaning of a student infatuated with a teacher, contrary to the original song, where a teacher is infatuated with a student.
|Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl|
|By: The Police/Gary Puckett & the Union Gap|
|Performed by Will Schuester.|
In the eleventh episode of season one, the New Directions, after watching a Hairography-filled performance of Bootylicious by the rival Jane Adams Academy, decide to perform a number with this technique. To showcase it, they mashed up Beyoncé's Crazy In Love and Hair from Hair.
|Hair/Crazy in Love|
|By: The Cast of Hair/Beyoncé ft. Jay Z|
|Performed by New Directions with Artie and Mercedes having solos.|
|Borderline/Open Your Heart|
|Performed by Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson.|
|One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home|
|By: Keely Smith/Dionne Warwick (Barbra Streisand Medley)|
|Performed by Will Schuester and April Rhodes.|
Rival show choir Aural Intensity performed a mash-up of Olivia Newton-John's Magic and Josh Groban's cover of You Raise Me Up.
|Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'||You Raise Me Up/Magic|
|By: Journey/Journey||By: Olivia Newton-John/Secret Garden (Josh Groban's cover was used)|
|Performed by New Directions, with Rachel and Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Artie and Puck having solos.||Performed by Aural Intensity.|
In the fourth episode of the second season, Rachel and Kurt perform a mash-up of Barbra Streisand's Happy Days Are Here Again and Judy Garland's Get Happy. The original song, interpreted in The Judy Garland Show by Streisand and Garland, is called Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again. For the performance in Glee, Rachel and Kurt wear outfits resembling those of the performance of the two original interpreters of the song.
|Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy|
|By: Barbra Streisand/Judy Garland|
|Performed by Rachel and Kurt.|
In the sixth episode of the second season (and as a noticed parallel with season one's sixth episode, and the introduction of mash-ups in Glee; Vitamin D) there's a new mash-up competition with New Directions Boys and New Directions Girls. This time the songs that are used should traditionally have sung by the opposite gender.
For the competition, the boys performed as an apology to Coach Beiste, a mash-up of The Supreme's Stop! In the Name of Love and En Vogue's Free Your Mind. The girls, this time, performed a mash-up of Bon Jovi's Livin' On a Prayer and The Rolling Stones Start Me Up.
|Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer||Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind|
|By: The Rolling Stones/Bon Jovi||By: The Supremes/En Vogue|
|Performed by New Directions Girls, with Rachel, Mercedes, Santana, Tina and Brittany having solos.||Performed by New Directions Boys, with Sam, Puck, Artie and Finn having solos.|
Will after seeing the negative response of New Directions, when he wanted to perform Singing In the Rain by Gene Kelly (a 50+ year old song), asks Holly Holliday to help him improve the song, and make it more cooler and fresh. With that in mind, they mash it up with Rihanna's hit Umbrella.
|Singing In the Rain/Umbrella|
|By: Gene Kelly/Rihanna ft. Jay Z|
|Performed by New Directions and Holly, with Will, Artie and Holly having solos.|
Will comes up with the idea of mashing Michael Jackson's Thriller with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Heads Will Roll, for the Half Time Show of the football championship game, which the Glee Club is in charge of producing, along with the football players.
|Thriller/Heads Will Roll|
|By: Michael Jackson/Yeah Yeah Yeahs|
|Performed by New Directions and the Football Team, with Finn, Rachel, Santana and Artie having solos.|
|I Feel Pretty/Unpretty|
|By: West Side Story/TLC|
|Performed by Rachel and Quinn.|
In the final episode of the season, the New Directions perform a mash-up of I Love New York by Madonna and New York, New York from On the Town while a montage of their frolic through New York City plays.
|I Love New York/New York, New York|
|By: Madonna/On the Town|
|Performed by New Directions, with Rachel, Finn, Artie, Santana, Mercedes, and Brittany singing solos.|
In the first episode of season three, Harmony performs a mash-up of Anything Goes from the musical of the same name, and Anything You Can Do from the musical Annie Get Your Gun with backup from other potential NYADA students.
|Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do|
|By: The Cast of Anything Goes/Annie Get Your Gun|
|Performed by Harmony and the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts Applicants.|
In the sixth episode of season three, Shelby Corcoran (director of the Troubletones) and Will want to establish some friendly competition between their clubs as a preparation for Sectionals, and they decide to do it with a mash-up competition, where the clubs will perform one mash-up each.
In order to introduce and encourage the competition, the directors perform a Mashup of Lady Gaga's You and I and Eddie Rabit's Just You and I
|You and I/You and I|
|By: Lady Gaga/Eddie Rabbit|
|Performed by Shelby and Will.|
Being constantly bullied by Santana, Finn decides to finally settle the dispute with a dodgeball match after school. During the game, they perform, along with their respective show choir groups, a mash-up of Pat Benatar's Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Blondie's One Way or Another.
|Hit Me with Your Best Shot/One Way or Another|
|By: Pat Benatar/Blondie|
|Performed by New Directions and The Troubletones, with Finn and Santana having solos.|
For the mash off challenge, Finn convinces the rest of New Directions to perform a mash-up of Hall & Oates, and showcase newest member Rory as a preparation for this year sectionals competition. They finally perform I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) and You Make My Dreams.
|I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams|
|By: Hall & Oates/Hall & Oates|
|Performed by New Directions, with Finn, Rory, Quinn, and Tina having solos.|
The Troubletones, perform an emotional mash-up of Adele's Rumour Has It and Someone Like You, as proposed by elected group leader, Mercedes. The episode ends after this performance, as a heartbroken Santana, filled with rage slaps Finn for being responsible that people found out about her sexual orientation.
|Rumour Has It/Someone Like You|
|Performed by The Troubletones, with Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany having solos.|
In a McKinley-hosted sectionals show choir competition, the Troubletones perform a mash-up of Destiny's Child's Survivor and Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive as their competition number.
|Survivor/I Will Survive|
|By: Destiny's Child/Gloria Gaynor|
|Performed by the Troubletones, with Mercedes, Santana and Brittany having solos.|
Searching for the appropriate song for Will's marriage proposal, Artie, Will and the rest of the New Directions Boys perform a Mashup of Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 (Ft. Christina Aguilera) and Jumpin' Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones.
|Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin' Jack Flash|
|By: Maroon 5/The Rolling Stones|
|Performed by New Directions Boys, with solos from Artie.|
|By: Gipsy Kings/Enrique Iglesias|
|Performed by New Directions Boys, with solos from Sam.|
In the Valentine-themed episode of this season, called Heart, Quinn, Sam, Mercedes, and Joe, as the group "The God Squad", perform a mash-up of Cherish by Madonna and Cherish by The Association at Sugar's party at Breadstix, as a "Singing Telegram" for Brittany, from Santana.
|By: Madonna/The Association|
|Performed by The God Squad, with solos from Joe, Sam, Mercedes, and Quinn.|
As part of their set list at the 2012 Mid West Regional Championship, New Directions perform a mash-up of Fly by Nicki Minaj and I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly as their opening number.
|Fly/I Believe I Can Fly|
|By: Nicki Minaj (Ft. Rihanna)/R. Kelly|
|Performed by New Directions, with solos from Rachel, Artie, Mercedes, Blaine, Santana, and Finn.|
During Cooper's "Master Class," he mentions that he and Blaine used to be a popular singing duo in their neighborhood. He urges Blaine to perform with him, who is hesitant at first, but eventually agrees.
|Hungry Like the Wolf/Rio|
|By: Duran Duran/Duran Duran|
|Performed by Blaine and Cooper with New Directions.|
Cassandra performs Dance Again/Americano to affirm her superiority to Rachel when she confronts Cassandra about being picked on.
|By: Lady Gaga/Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull|
|Performed by Cassandra and NYADA students.|
|By: Britney Spears/Justin Bieber|
|Performed by Blaine Anderson and Artie Abrams.|
Marley and Jake (with his guitar) meet up on the bleachers after disapproval from some of the other members. During their conversation, Marley mentions that it's Britney week and they sing Crazy/'U Drive Me Crazy, and nearly kiss at the end.
|Crazy/'U Drive Me Crazy|
|By: Aerosmith/Britney Spears|
|Performed by Marley Rose and Jake Puckerman.|
When Kurt and Rachel sneak into vogue.com to give Rachel a makeover and film a music video for the site, Isabelle catches them, but joins in the process. They sing a mash-up of The Way You Look Tonight fron Swing Time - sung by Fred Astaire, and You're Never Fully Dressed from Annie for the music-makeover video.
|The Way You Look Tonight/You're Never Fully Dressed|
|By: Cast of Swing Time/Cast of Annie|
|Performed by Rachel Berry, Kurt Hummel and Isabelle Wright.|
In the opening scene, Quinn walks back onto the stage, followed by Puck, Mike, Santana, Mercedes and Finn. They perform Homeward Bound/Home together to celebrate them all coming back for the holidays, just like they promised before.
|By: Simon & Garfunkel/Phillip Phillips|
|Performed by Quinn Fabray, Noah Puckerman, Mike Chang, Santana Lopez, Mercedes Jones and Finn Hudson.|
At Kurt's and Rachel's apartment, they receive a knock at the door and are immediately bombarded by a bunch of partygoers that were invited by Isabelle. Isabelle later walks in after calling Kurt, and the three of them break into Let's Have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time to get the party started.
|Let's Have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time|
|By: Scissor Sisters/Cast of Promises Promises|
|Performed by Rachel Berry, Kurt Hummel and Isabelle Wright.|
At Sectionals, The Rosedale Mennonites perform an America/Thanksgiving themed mash-up, Over the River and Through the Wood/She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
|Over the River and Through the Wood/She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain|
|By: Lydia Maria Child/Carl Sandburg|
|Performed by The Rosedale Mennonites.|
Sam helps the glee guys with a warming "bro-ga" - "yoga for bros." He also suggests preparation tips to be fit for the calendar. This leads into the mash-up of Centerfold/Hot in Herre.
|Centerfold/Hot in Herre|
|By: The J. Geils Band/Nelly|
|Performed by New Directions Boys with the Cheerios, with solos from Sam, Ryder and Jake.|
For girls vs. boys mash-up week, the New Directions boys choose Old Time Rock & Roll/Danger Zone to pay tribute to macho cinema of one Mr. Tom Cruise. The New Directions girls choose Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend/Material Girl and perform in the costumes, inspired by Marilyn Monroe's pink dress and diamond necklace.
|Old Time Rock & Roll/Danger Zone||Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend/Material Girl|
|By: Bob Seger/Kenny Loggins||By: Marilyn Monroe/Madonna|
|Performed by New Directions Boys with solos from Sam and Blaine.||Performed by New Directions Girls with solos from Marley and Unique.|
For the feud week, Ryder and Unique try to settle their feud over Unique's gender identity by performing The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up inspired by the long running feud between Elton John and Madonna.
|The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up|
|By: Elton John/Madonna|
|Performed by Ryder and Unique.|
For the feud week Will and Finn try to settle the feud between them over the kiss that Finn shared with Emma by performing Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way.
|Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way|
|By: 'NSYNC/Backstreet Boys|
|Performed by Finn and Will with New Directions Boys|
For the feud week Blaine and Sue have a sing-off to determine whether or not Blaine is to stay a Cheerio, they perform I Still Believe/Super Bass inspired by the infamous Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj feud on American Idol
|I Still Believe/Super Bass|
|By: Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj|
|Performed by Blaine and Sue with New Directions and Cheerios|
The mash-up of Up On The Rooftop and Deck The Halls was released on the Christmas album, and is as-of-yet the only mash-up recorded by the Glee cast whose title is also a mix of the songs mashed-up, being named: Deck the Rooftop.
|Deck the Rooftop|
|By: (Both Christmas Carols)|
|Performed by New Directions, with solos from Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, Artie, Santana and Tina.|