‘Glee’ Cory Monteith Tribute: A Quick Dive Into Tonight’s Soundtrack

MTV News breaks down the episode's songs, their history and who will sing them.

Gleeks will get the chance to say goodbye to “Glee” star Cory Monteith on Thursday (October 10) night, remembering him and his character, Finn Hudson.

As is typical of the series, songs have been handpicked to help weave together the story as the cast joins together to pay tribute to Finn in the episode titled “The Quarterback.”

It reportedly takes place weeks after Finn’s death on the series and the cause of death is likely to remain a mystery. (Monteith died on July 13 at the age of 31 from a mixed drug toxicity.) Show creator, Ryan Murphy, has said that the episode was “incredibly difficult to work on” and added that the episode’s title not only refers to Finn’s high school football career, but also Monteith’s role among the cast.

With “Glee” slated to air tonight , MTV News is taking a look at the origin of the songs the cast will perform during what is expected to be an emotional episode.

’I’ll Stand By You’
While it has since been covered by the likes of Shakira and Carrie Underwood, the rock ballad was first recorded by The Pretenders and released on their 1994 album Last of the Independents. This week Mercedes will perform the song.

’If I Die Young’
The track was originally performed by The Band Perry and sky-rocketed the country trio to crossover fame. It served as a single off the group’s 2010 self-titled debut album, earning them Grammy Awards nods. This week, “Glee” mean girl Santana will perform the song.

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