Lately I have been listening to a ton of Panic! At the Disco because the band is awesome, mainly front man Brendon Urie. I am not going to pretend to be some music snob who can break each song down by each chord (whatever the hell that means). Save that for the hipsters. But I do know what I like and this band is one of my favorites. “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” is classic. I always listen to several songs from that album. Their most recent album “Death of Bachelor” is right up there as well. I love that some the new songs feature subtle references back to the old songs. Since I have been on such a kick, I decided to rank my five best songs. If you wish to listen, click the song titles.
5. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage
If there is one thing I love about this song, it is a hell of a lot of fun to sing. I feel like this song can instantly put me in a good mood. I also love the message behind it. They basically talk about staying true to who you are and finding ways to cling to fame without being controversial. I can relate. The talking heads on TV (sports or politics) tend to get famous by being a bunch of martyrs. They literally say things just to get people riled up, but they probably don’t believe half of it.
4. This is Gospel
As I wrote with the last song, this one is also fun to sing. I just came to the realization that I can say that about every song by them. This song was written for the old drummer of Panic! At The Disco, Spencer Smith. He struggled with alcoholism and pain pills. Urie tried to help him and apparently they had a bad fallout. So the song talks about letting loved ones go if they cause pain. Pretty sad stuff, but a great song nonetheless.
3. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
This is your good ole fashioned party song. I find this is one their more straightforward songs lyrically. It talks about those black out nights we love to forget…and most times we probably do. Although, it usually is not by choice. However, those can also be some of the best nights. It can go either way. But if I am looking for a good night, this song could do the trick at putting me in a zone.
2. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
What’s not to love about this one? I mean come on! This is the song that put Panic on the map. If you can listen to this song and not find yourself singing or at least humming it, you clearly have no taste in music and you should undergo psychological evaluation.
1. Emperor’s New Clothes
I absolutely love this song because it is empowering. If this song comes on when I am working out and you distract me, you may lose an eye. Urie wrote this song as sort of a ballad to himself for becoming a one man show with Panic! At The Disco. He talks about taking the crown meaning get what is his. Plus the instrumental for this song is amazeballs.