Blaine does have the most solos out of any character this season. Second place is Mercedes. Third place is actually Rory. (Note: I am defining solos here as songs that feature only one person singing lead.)
If we include duets in our analysis of songs, Blaine comes in second place. He has one song less than Rachel. Santana has one song less than Blaine, and Mercedes has two songs less than Santana.
If we include group numbers that our analysis, Blaine comes in fourth place. First place is actually Santana. Rachel and Mercedes are tied for second and third place (both with two songs less than Santana), and Blaine hits fourth place with two songs less than either of them. (Finn and Kurt tie for fifth place with five less songs than Blaine)
For the girls, Brittany, Sugar, Tina, and Quinn all have less than half the songs that Rachel, Santana, and Mercedes have. (In other words, all of the other girls have less than half as many songs.) Of those four girls, Quinn has the most songs, and is followed by Tina, who has two less.
For the guys, only Sam, Mike, Puck, Rory, and Joe have less than half of the number of songs Blaine does. (Meaning Artie, Finn, and Kurt all have a fairly decent number.)
104 songs (or parts of songs) were sung by women. Roughly 75% of those 104 songs (or parts of songs) were sung by Mercedes, Santana, or Rachel.
106 songs (or parts of songs) were sung by men. Roughly 56% of those 106 songs (or parts of songs) were sung by Blaine, Finn, or Kurt.
Out of the 9 male characters, the 4 that sing the most sing 68% of the songs. (22% of the songs are sung by Blaine)
Out of the 7 female characters, the 3 that sing the most sing 74% of the songs. (26% of the songs are sung by Santana)
That’s all well and nice, but what does it mean?
The two main characters of the show, Finn and Rachel, both tie for third place in the number of songs they sing. The character each of them ties with was an original member of New Directions.
However, Rachel, Finn, Kurt, and Mercedes are all beat out (in their respective gender groups) by a character who was originally brought on to play a small or temporary role and was later bumped up to a series regular due the popularity of that character.
Between Santana and Blaine, not only does Santana sing more songs than Blaine, but she sings a greater percentage of the female songs than what Blaine sings of the male songs.
Again, that’s all well and nice, but what does it MEAN?
Well, for me, it means this: People need to stop complaining that Blaine is the reason Tina’s not getting solos. ESPECIALLY when they’re not complaining about Santana at all. Santana and Blaine are in pretty much the same position. They started on the show as extras, gained popularity, have voices that people really like and that sell a lot of iTunes songs, and have quite a few more songs than the rest of the ND crew. They both sing more than other people who have been in ND since the beginning and they both sing more than the lead characters on the show.
Additionally, there are 6 characters who are singing significantly more than the rest of the cast. When you just complain about Blaine, it’s pretty obvious that you don’t actually care about Tina getting solos. You just don’t like that Blaine happens to be getting solos. End of story. (Either that, or you’re just not aware of the stats, in which case, now you know and you can stop being silly about all this.)
(***When I say “songs” or “solos” in this post, what I mean is solo parts in solo songs, duets, or group numbers.)
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