Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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The TV show may be iffy, but latest songs are OK for kids.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Following the leads of Volumes 1 and 2, Volume 3 includes overall positive messages about life, love, and dreaming big.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both the characters and cast have continued to exhibit overall positive behaviors during the show's second season.


Olivia Newton-John's classic song, "Physical," includes some light sexual references. For example, "I been patient, I been good, trying to keep my hands on the table / It's getting hard just holding back, you know what I mean."


One song, "Gives You Hell," repeats the h-word throughout.


Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is another largely clean collection of music from the TV show. Though some songs contain mildly suggestive lyrics -- for instance, Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" -- they're mostly free of adult content and explicit language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMichael H. February 20, 2018
Parent of a 8-year-old Written bylornawashington... March 10, 2011


glee books
Kid, 10 years old October 31, 2011

cece song

this is good for ever one to wacth!
Teen, 14 years old Written byHajile May 19, 2011

What's the story?

Back for its second season, Glee continues to thrill audiences young and old with both its storylines and musical performances. GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOLUME 3 SHOWSTOPPERS is the first compilation of songs from the second season, featuring fourteen tracks from a range of heavy-hitting contemporary and older artists, including Lady GaGa, the Beatles, All American Rejects, Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, U2, and even Olivia Newton-John. Though they represent a range of styles, each song shares a commonly clean theme, with little in the way of references to sex, substances, or other mature content.

Is it any good?

The Glee cast ups its creative game with this album, turning in inspired performances that go beyond just solid vocals. On the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye," for example, the cast effects some excellent harmonizing. They also go all the way from tackling '80s classics like Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to the show tune "Lady is a Tramp" from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes In Arms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the show's writers and producers would have chosen these particular tunes for this compilation. How do the songs match up with the themes of each episode?  

  • What other song choices would also do a good job of describing the topics covered on the show? Do you have to watch the show to appreciate these songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Glee Cast
  • Release date: May 18, 2010
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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