Glee: The Music, Vol. 5

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Fifth release has less iffy content than some past albums.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Many upbeat, fun-loving messages -- for instance, the cover of Katy Perry's "Firework" describes having a lot of self-confidence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Largely positive actions and behaviors in the songs.


Some allusions to sexual situations; for example, in the track "Do You Wanna Touch Me": "Talkin's fine if you got the time, I ain't got the time to spare / Do you wanna touch, do you wanna touch me there?"


Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking alcohol/getting drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glee: The Music, Vol. 5 is an overwhelmingly clean album, with no graphic language and few references to adult topics like sex and drinking. As far as Glee albums go, it's among the tamer ones, making it a good choice for younger fans of the TV show.

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Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written bynon-bully102301 June 22, 2012

Mom say yes

Well I have to say the Glee cast has cleaned up searing!!!

What's the story?

As its name suggests, GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOL. 5 is the fifth full-length album of songs featured on the super-popular TV show. The record features 16 songs, most of which are covers of popular pop tunes old and new by artists like Queen, Prince, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry. For the first time, however, the producers have released two original songs -- "Get It Right" and "Loser Like Me" -- that were written and recorded just for the show. Whether they're covers or new tunes, the majority of these tracks are clean, with little to worry about in the way of profanity or adult content. For younger fans, the album is one of the better choices from the Glee catalog.

Is it any good?

Like most Glee albums, this one includes highs and lows. The light-hearted covers of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T.'" and Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" are among the more impressive tracks, while the three Gwyneth Paltrow tracks prove the point that not all actors should try their hand at singing. In terms of the two original tunes, Lea Michele once again knocks it out of the park in "Get It Right."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Glee's choice to start recording original songs, beginning with the two ("Get It Right" and "Loser Like Me") that appear on this album. Was the decision to write and record original music a good move for the show? Why?

  • What other topics would you like to see the show cover in any future original tunes?

Music details

  • Artist: Glee Cast
  • Release date: March 8, 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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