With as much as I love to rank things (thank you self-diagnosed OCD), I really thought a list like this about one of my favorite bands would’ve come much sooner in my blog’s short life so far. I have listened to Panic! for twelve years now and it seems like just yesterday that I was watching the oddly themed video for I Write Sins Not Tragedies on my dinosaur desktop computer. As this band has changed and progressed, we’ve seen members come and go, but one thing has stayed constant: frontman Brendon Urie’s ability to create and belt out some of the best songs of the last ten years.
In honor of seeing this band that I love so much for the third time (fourth if you count my irresponsibly planned trip to see Brendon in Kinky Boots last summer), I’m going to share my top ten favorite songs. Check out the list below and see if any of your favorites made my list!
Another lead single from another stellar album, Hallelujah kicked off the Death of a Bachelor-era in the world of Panic! At The Disco. It pushes to the forefront Urie’s thoughts on religion while introducing more horns and jazz influences into the band’s developing sound.
9. King of the Clouds
It took a minute for the band’s latest record Pray For The Wicked to grow on me. After a month, I have finally fallen in love with it after seeing some of these great songs performed live. King of the Clouds stands out as the star of the sixth album in the band’s discography with unique lyrics and stellar vocals on this strong track.
8. LA Devotee
“Black magic on Mulholland Drive.” I would almost travel all the way to Los Angeles just to grab a scenic photo to post on Instagram with that caption. LA Devotee is the song that begins Urie’s fervent relationship with the city he now calls home. It’s a dark love letter written from the perspective of a person who will do anything to make it big in Hollywood.
7. Nine In The Afternoon
The only entry from Pretty Odd here is Nine In The Afternoon. With a changing sound after 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the band turned to a more acoustic, Beatles-esque sound that allowed to produce a record that could spread across many genres. Nine In The Afternoon is just a bundle of fun that has a video that gives us a quick throwback to peak Beatlemania.
6. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
This lead single for the band’s third effort Vices and Virtues is a complete gem. It marked the first song that the group released after the loss of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker and also cemented Urie as the band’s frontman and star. The steampunk style video coupled with a new, more rock-heavy style made for a strong single back in 2011.
5. This Is Gospel (Piano Version)
I physically cannot scroll past the video for the acoustic version of this track without sharing it for another time on my Facebook feed. It’s a beautiful song that started out as a strong rock ballad but transitioned here to become a slowed down mixture of only piano and Urie’s smooth vocals. The only word you can use to describe it is beautiful.
4. Let’s Kill Tonight
This 2011 single from Vices and Virtues and delves into a party atmosphere that follows a group of friends hoping to just kill the night and have a good time. It’s a guitar-heavy track that I’ve only seen them play live one time, but it was easily one of the easiest songs to dance around to during that show.
3. Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out is my favorite album from Panic! There’s no disputing that while I love every album they’ve done, their 2005 debut record still stands as one of my favorite albums of all time and Lying is my favorite song from it. I’ve yet to hear them play it live, but I’m still holding out hope for Brendon to bring back this track that really got me invested in the band.
Girls/Girls/Boys has become an anthem across the LGBT community despite it not starting with those intentions. At the live shows, this song is special because every fan holds up a heart of a different color as we create a sense of unity for everyone there, regardless of creed, color, gender, religion or sexuality. It’s a powerful message and this song is easily the best from the band’s fourth record Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die.
1. New Perspective
Jennifer’s Body may have been a bit of a flop movie, but the soundtrack did produce New Perspective, the number one song on this list. It’s the first track produced after the departures of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker and has stood as not just my favorite Panic! song, but also one of my favorite songs of all time.
Fun fact: The first time I saw the band at UNA in Florence, Alabama (random, yes) they played this song and my best friend was in the bathroom and to quickly bound up the stairs to make it in time for this song. I won’t ever forget that.
I also won’t ever forget the first moment I heard I Write Sins Not Tragedies on the radio when I was just 13. It’s been such a journey with this band that I have loved for almost half of my life. I can’t wait to see Brendon Urie and co. go from here and I definitely can’t wait to add another concert from them to my growing list of shows.
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