Bonus, though! Michele lets it rip for one final, show-stopping performance of "Let It Go." Mama Berry -- eek, we mean Idina Menzel -- would love this one.
"Glee" Season 6 premieres Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Lil B has always managed to acquire some of the best beats in hip-hop, but it is #rare that the rawest rapper alive's unfiltered stream of consciousness permits him to really focus in on his flow and subject matter. "No Black Person Is Ugly" is Lil B's most purposeful and uplifting song, carefully delivering nuggets of truth like, "Never been racist so I understand if you wanted / Try to change places / I've seen the other side and I know that's amazin' / Life is amazin'." #TYBG. -- Ryan Kristobak
22. "Take Me Away" by Bleachers ft. Grimes
Short and sweet, "Take Me Away" is bizarre: A synth-heavy freak pop song fueled by Jack Antonoff's and Grimes' mismatching styles. Antonoff's an unabashed fan of grandiose hooks and Grimes has mastered dark, ADD-style electronica. The combined effect makes this song, off Bleachers' first album "Strange Desire," sound like something so comfortable and otherworldly all at once. -- Jessica Goodman
21. "Stolen Dance" by Milky Chance
German duo Milky Chance came out of nowhere, but the infectious combination of minimal electronic beats and indie strums in â€śStolen Danceâ€ť provide the perfect closing number for any night out celebrating life with friends. -- RK
20. "Yayo" by Snootie Wild
Sometimes â€śbadâ€ť rap songs are just the best. Snootie Wildâ€™s â€śYayoâ€ť says very little, but when he rhymes â€śburritosâ€ť with â€śtorpedo,â€ť itâ€™s hard not to love it for what it is: a turn-up anthem. -- RK
19. â€śTrap Queenâ€ť by Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap, the New Jersey-based artist whose over-the-top â€śTrap Queenâ€ť clocked in some serious internet time this summer, had a no-nonsense debut. His four-minute after-hours party mixes melody rap with, yes, trap to leave you screaming one message at 4 a.m.: â€śIâ€™m like hey wassup hello!â€ť -- JG
18. "Down On My Luck" by Vic Mensa
Even in his relatively brief discography, Vic Mensa has proven his ability to flow overtop a wide variety of genres infused with hip-hop. â€śDown On My Luckâ€ť furthers that trend with some dance-floor-ready action. Spitting dizzying stabs that circle around a four-on-the-floor beat, the young MCâ€™s mesmerizing cut proves that he is one of Chicago's, and hip-hopâ€™s, best kept secrets (but for only a little while longer). -- RK
17. â€śGunshotâ€ť by Lykke Li
On the surface, â€śGunshotâ€ť is the peppiest track off Lykke Liâ€™s heartbreak-addled album, but violent lines like, â€śIâ€™m longing for your poison like a cancer for its prey/ I shot an arrow in your heart where you waited in the rain" make it the soundtrack to a revenge plan weâ€™d never actually have the guts to execute. -- JG
16. â€śOctahateâ€ť by Ryn Weaver
Ryn Weaver made her own little dent in the Internet in June, when she uploaded â€śOctahate,â€ť produced by Benny Blanco and Passion Pitâ€™s Michael Angelakos, to Soundcloud. It gained 1 million listens in two weeks and became one of the most talked about tracks of the year. Weaverâ€™s voice is subtle and imperfect, catching delicate lyrics and sharp house beats to make something so new seem so familiar. -- JG
15. "We Dem Boyz" by Wiz Khalifa
Few songs can rile an entire bar with a single chord, but â€śWe Dem Boyzâ€ť became a war cry for, well, boys who go bananas. Now itâ€™s got a Grammy nomination, inspires Karen Gillan to dance with John Cho and has, like, eight Red Bulls worth of energy. -- JG
14. â€śSteal My Girlâ€ť by One Direction
One Directionâ€™s greatest new track -- on an album of straight-up surprise hits -- starts as a power ballad, hell bent on waxing poetic over â€śmy girl.â€ť Everyone wants to steal her! There are a couple billion in the whole wide world! Find another one! If we can forget for just a second that they sing about women â€śbelongingâ€ť to men, itâ€™s really the only song to sing at karaoke. -- JG
13. â€śTrue Loveâ€ť by Tobias Jesso Jr.
Itâ€™s not included on Tobias Jesso Jr.â€™s full album, "Goon," due out next March, but, wow, â€śTrue Loveâ€ť is so sad and simple. Itâ€™s like looking at your eighth grade diary and actually relating. Jesso Jr. has written what, on the surface, seems like the yearâ€™s easiest track, but, let's face it, we could never build silence into lyrics like, â€śEveryday just trying to get by/ No time to cry, no he can't afford to/ And she waits through everything/ Anything for you.â€ť Nope, not if our betrothedâ€™s life depended on it. -- JG
12. "Waking Light" by Beck
â€śWaking Lightâ€ť is the sum of all of Beckâ€™s â€śMorning Phaseâ€ť: it has piano, strings, guitar and soaring vocals. The final note of Beckâ€™s dream, the last minutes of night, the haze is finally broken with a closing guitar solo â€” after seven or eight years away from his guitar do to a spinal injury, this is a particularly powerful ending. It is with hope that Beck sings, â€śWhen the memory leaves you / Somewhere you canâ€™t make it home / When the morning comes to meet you / Fill your eyes with waking light.â€ť Beck is ready to embrace the new day, are you? -- RK
11. "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige
Sam Smithâ€™s â€śIn The Lonely Hourâ€ť was a very sad album, and nothing hit deeper than Smithâ€™s desperation for human contact in â€śStay with Me.â€ť The search for love isnâ€™t always easy, and sometimes it just sucks, and when that story is told by the harmonies of Smith and Mary J. Blige, youâ€™re going to shed a few tears even if youâ€™re loved one is sitting right next to you. -- RK
10. "i" by Kendrick Lamar
All ears have been to the ground since murmurs of Kendrickâ€™s follow-up to â€śGood Kid, m.A.A.d. Cityâ€ť legitimately took form. While many were disappointed with the mainstream appeal of â€śi,â€ť Kendrick brought out a classic soul sample to match his call to action. â€śI love myselfâ€ť is a message that couldnâ€™t have come at a more important time for black youth, and all those marginalized by the unjust powers that be. â€śIâ€ť proves that Kendrick is ready to change the world. -- RK
9. "Chandelier" by Sia
Sia has written for many of popâ€™s biggest stars, but â€śChandelierâ€ť finally gives her the opportunity shine like she deserves. A semi-insight into her own life examining the dangers of unchecked drinking and partying, there is a certain intensity to Sia that sets her apart from her many peers. â€śChandelierâ€ť also features one of the most intriguing vocal progressions of the year in its chorus, a line that will be stuck in our head for years to come. -- RK
8. â€śCanâ€™t Do Without Youâ€ť by Caribou
The first single from Caribouâ€™s sixth album is a postponed present. Ninety seconds in, the entire song morphs from a slow beating ballad into a psychedelic dance track before transforming again into a completely elated, thrashing surprise. -- JG
7. "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar
Beside Kendrick Lamar proving that he is capable of surfing the most un-rappable of beats, â€śNever Catch Meâ€ť is one of the most electrifying instrumentals of 2014. The song opens with a jazzy groove as Lamar calmly croons â€śI can see the darkness in me and itâ€™s quite amazing / Life and death is no mystery and I wanna taste it.â€ť Then, with little warning, the song breaks into a light-speed, laser-filled bass solo that has listenerâ€™s asking, â€śDid I eat mushrooms earlier?" -- RK
6. "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon
Make way for the song of the year. Though it came out last December, Lil Jon and DJ Snake's masterpiece became the anthem to frat parties, club life, your office's holiday party and, uh, the internet. In a horrible year for news, "Turn Down For What" was the song we needed to collectively say, "Ughhhhhhh." -- JG
5. "17 New Years" by Polyenso
Polyenso might be the most promising rising act in music today. â€ś17 New Yearsâ€ť is nothing short of a perfect blend of R&B, indie and pop, and its chorus has listenerâ€™s singing along before they finish their first play through. Feeling as refreshing as it does familiar, â€ś17 New Yearsâ€ť proves that, even at such a young age, Polyenso wants to consistently experiment and take risks. But more importantly it proves that their evolution is on the right course. -- RK
4. "0 to 100/The Catch Up" by Drake
Very few phrases were uttered as often as â€śZero to one hundred, real quickâ€ť was in 2014. Even without releasing an album, Drake managed to come out on top of hip-hop in 2014, and â€ś0 to 100â€ť shows him at his best. Mixing boasts like Stephen Curry comparisons in his ever-growing tone of confidence with self-examinations like â€śknow yourself, know your worth.â€ť And to top it all off, the songâ€™s beat is so hot, that Diddy was willing to fight months after its release. -- RK
3. â€śTuesdayâ€ť by ILoveMakonnen Ft. Drake
Has there ever been a song that made you love a random weekday this much? Of course not, but thereâ€™s more to Makonnen than this breakout song about getting effed up on a Tuesday. The Atlanta-based rapper rose to fame and earned a Grammy nod within six months, and this isnâ€™t even the best track on his EP, "I Love Makonnen." The club went up and Makonnenâ€™s still rising. -- JG
2. â€śTwo Weeksâ€ť by FKA Twigs
The first single from Twigs' stellar debut album, "LP1," "Two Weeks" is a perfect combination of sexy and weird. No one else has brought us lyrics like this -- "Feel your body closin', I can rip it open/ Suck me up, I'm healin' for the shit you're dealin'" -- with a beat that makes us wish we could dance like the star delivering its message. She's made her self vulnerable, and we're grateful. -- JG
1. "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)" by Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels is at its most merciless on â€śClose Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),â€ť leaving no chambers unloaded on the corrupt politicians, manipulative clergy, prison profiteers, money-sucking corporations. Trading vicious line after line, Killer Mike and El-P demonstrate in full that no one is as lyrically adroit and pissed off as them, while Zach De La Rocha provides his most blazing verse in recent years, closing out the track with an unmistakable declaration of war, â€śThe only thing that close quicker than our caskets be the factories." Run The Jewels has had enough of these â€śdog-fuck political agendas,â€ť and with a â€śgrin and a gun,â€ť they are ready to give the â€śslavers of men and womenâ€ť in this world a hearty serving of their â€śanarchistâ€™s cookbook." -- RK
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Check out HuffPost's best albums of 2014 here.
"What is undeniable is that movies â€” Hollywood movies especially, but far from exclusively â€” made kissing more visible," A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times. They established a glamorous iconography and an elegant choreography for an experience that, in real life, is frequently sloppy, clumsy and less than perfectly graceful." These moments, however, are graceful as hell.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the videos, and you can see all nine clips over at the New York Times.
The free show remained a secret until five hours before the show when U2 announced it on their website. Check out the show and setlist:
1. U2 â€“ â€śBeautiful Dayâ€ť (ft. Chris Martin)
2. U2 â€“ â€śWith or Without Youâ€ť (ft. Chris Martin)
3. Carrie Underwood â€“ â€śChangeâ€ť
4. Carrie Underwood â€“ â€śSomething in the Waterâ€ť
5. Kanye West â€“ â€śPowerâ€ť
6. Kanye West â€“ â€śJesus Walksâ€ť
7. Kanye West â€“ â€śBlack Skinheadâ€ť
8. Kanye West â€“ â€śStrongerâ€ť
9. Kanye West â€“ â€śTouch the Skyâ€ťâ€¨
10. U2 â€“ â€śWhere the Streets Have No Nameâ€ť (ft. Bruce Springsteen)
11. U2 â€“ â€śI Still Havenâ€™t Found What Iâ€™m Looking Forâ€ť (ft. Bruce Springsteen)
Midler suggested that perhaps Grande had people behind her telling her how to act. "I wish theyâ€™d stop. But itâ€™s not my business, Iâ€™m not her mother. Or her manager," said the veteran singer.
In response, Grande took to Twitter on Tuesday: "Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! Not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love."
all love here pic.twitter.com/BocrzJEgUjâ€” Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 25, 2014
and I will still quote first wives club every single day of my life lmaoâ€” Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 25, 2014
And here's what Midler had to say about that:
About my screed on @ArianaGrande , all I can say is, "Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off."â€” Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 26, 2014
Fun and playful, the video features Bey dancing in her underwear, making a human pyramid and straight up playing around with friends in what looks like a hotel. It's an impromptu party and we're glad we got the invite.
The song is part of Ryan Murphy's recent habit of bringing unexpected covers to the show, including David Bowie's "Life on Mars," Fiona Apple's "Criminal" and Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters." An upcoming episode will feature Kathy Bates singing Hole's "Doll Parts."
Watch the recorded footage over at Wondering Sound.
"There's a heated, sensuous, prowling-the-stage Whitney," music industry legend Clive Davis, who produced "Whitney Houston Live," told HuffPost Entertainment. "It really just sends shivers up your spine. You see why every audience gets out of their seats roaring with a standing ovation. All this is real. Itâ€™s spectacularly revealing."
"Whitney Houston Live" features a CD of 16 live audio tracks and a DVD of 18 live performances, including three songs from "Welcome Home Heroes," the 1991 Super Bowl and the 1989 Grammy Awards ceremony.
Davis is credited with discovering Houston when he signed her to Arista Records in 1983 and he helped shape her career until she died in 2012. "Seeing the power of her voice and knowing that true emotional moment is captured â€¦ it is amazingly revealing," he said. "As great as Whitney was, as many records as she made, this album not only captures the essence of what made her an all-timer, but it really brings you to another level. So much has been written in the tabloids over the years overshadowed her musical greatness. I would rank her from an all-time basis right up there with Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand as our three greatest singers of all time. This shows why in every way."