Panic! At The Disco is a band that originated from Las Vegas and was formed in 2004 but became famous in 2005. It was first made up by friends Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie *heart eyes emoji*. Though the band has changed up the majority of its members through the years, lead singer Brendon has remained and is the only original member left. With song titles that are too difficult and long to remember and their popularity during the year of emo music, they may not be everybody’s cup of tea. But they’ve been performing for more than ten years so they must be doing something right.
This is going to be made up of songs that weren’t made into singles or music videos because that could be an entire list all its own. And also this is based off of my preferences and how certain songs just have a personal meaning for me. So no judgement.
10. Hurricane (Vices And Virtues)
And I believe that half the time
I am a wolf among the sheep
Gnawing at the wool over my eyes.
This is a song I definitely dance to whenever I just want to jump around and scream out the lyrics. It has a fast paced beat that has me trying to keep up with it and very catchy lyrics that are witty and kind of cheeky. It compares two lovers to a hurricane and even mentions “setting zippers free” *wink*.
9. Collar Full (Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!)
‘Cause there’s always time for second guesses I don’t wanna know
If you’re gonna be the death of me, that’s how I wanna go
This song kind of makes you want to jump on a dance floor and boogie out. This could’ve definitely been a dance anthem if only it were made into a single or video. For whatever reason, the song lyrics and vibes kind of make me reminisce the good old A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out days.
8. House Of Memories (Death Of A Bachelor)
And when your fantasies
Become your legacy
Promise me a place
In your house of memories
Since Brendon was the only original member of Panic! when this album was released he got full creative control of it. It brought me both sadness and excitement. I wanted to see what he would do with that independence, and he did not disappoint. I love this album. This is a song about wanting to be remembered. It’s sort of upbeat with its electro music influences but also has an ominous or foreboding feeling to it, a mix that worked really well in this song.
7. The Calendar (Vices And Virtues)
The world may call it a second chance
But when I came back it was more of a relapse
The song seems to be about the ending of a failing relationship. Urie plays with some light moods but puts in some kind of dark undertones to the jungle-like beat of the song. And the song exits with a jazzy instrumentation of what sounds like something a spy movie would use while James Bond skulks around looking for the bad guy.
6. I Constantly Thank God For Esteban (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out)
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let’s sing it like you mean it
No. Don’t you get it, don’t you get it? Now don’t you move.
Fever was their first album that I listened to in its entirety and the album that made me fall in love with them. They didn’t sound like any of the usual bands or artists I listened to (e.g. Jonas Brothers, don’t judge me, and Michael Jackson). And it had me reaching for a dictionary a couple of times too (who even says “surreptitious” anymore?) (Sandy: I do, and so does Madam Morrible! “Surreptitially…”) and reaching for even more eyeliner. This song is just really fun. I’m sure it has deeper meanings to it that my mind can’t handle at the moment. And it sort of uses some religious terminology that I’m sure had some white suburban moms clutching their pearls while their teenage kids blasted it through the walls.
5. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”
Swear to shake it up, if you swear to listen
Oh, we’re still so young, desperate for attention
I aim to be your eyes, trophy boys, trophy wives
The first song you hear from their first album is definitely a good introduction for what’s to come. Though the lyrics are repetitive it gets you in the right mood to jam out and set free your inner emo (we all have one, admit it). It literally tells you to “sit tight” and “snap your fingers” so you know magic is about to happen.
4. Camisado (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out)
It’s not so pleasant
And it’s not so conventional
It sure as hell ain’t normal
But we deal, we deal
Another Fever song, this is the song that cemented my love for them. The moment my brain/heart just decided that they were my favorite band. Ryan Ross, former lead guitarist and song writer, wrote this about his father’s alcoholism and his father’s troubles with coping. The song sounds angry and it gives a very depressing view on the hospital experience. Some lyrics seem to make no sense and that may be on purpose. Ross has stated that he wanted people to use and relate to the song in their own way, something I certainly did. I’ve used this song to get through both my angry and frustrated episodes just as much as during my breakdowns.
3. Mad As Rabbits (Pretty. Odd.)
You know that Paul Cates
Bought himself a trumpet from the Salvation Army
But there ain’t no sunshine in his song
We must reinvent love.
Reinvent love, reinvent love
Paul Cates is a public education director for the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, at least that’s what my research tells me. The song talks about reinventing love and “trumpet” could mean making loud proclamations. I’m not sure if it’s been said or proven by Ryan Ross himself, but I put two and two together and I’d like to believe this song is about LGBT+ rights and support and just all around love.
2. When The Day Met The Night (Pretty.Odd.)
In the middle of summer
All was golden in the sky
All was golden when the day met the night
I don’t know why. I just love this song. I even picture this playing at my wedding for whatever reason. It tells the story of two opposites falling in love and they both help each other get over past issues, issues with each other, and even the difficulties of sticking together due to their differences. And despite all of this everything is golden and perfect because they had each other.
1. Nearly Witches (Vices And Virtues)
You have set your heart
On haunting me forever
From the start
It’s never silent
The first time I heard this song I knew I was in for some awesomeness. You hear a school teacher teaching her class some French song which is a big contrast to the sudden start of heavy beats that mark the real beginning of the song. It’s about a man who is haunted by a past lover who he just can’t seem to let go. He seems to be in a dreamlike state and the nonsensical lyrics put you right there with him. When I listened to this I literally felt my spirit slip out of my body and enter the astral plane. And the chorus, oh the chorus! It’s so beautifully sung and so full of emotion that you feel his longing for her and his need to rid her from his life.
Well there you have it, I could write more and I might even write about their singles in the future. I’ll never tire of talking or writing about my favorite band so expect more about them in the future from me and hopefully you picked up a few new songs because of this. Happy listening!