The Top 10 Most Underrated Panic! Songs
We’ve all set I Write Sins Not Tragedies as our MySpace page track, waved our hands around to Hallelujah and sung along to Nine In The Afternoon wondering what kinda fucked-up clock Brendon Urie owns. But what about the lesser-played Panic! At The Disco songs? The ones that don’t have proper videos, or barely ever get played live, and just nestle in the depths of your iPhone, eating a multipack of Snickers and wondering why nobody cares about them. Well, we do, so here they are in all their underrated glory…
10. Hurricane (Vices & Virtues, 2011)
Ahhh, 2011’s Vices & Virtues, an album full of songs that never got the recognition they deserved. Hurricane is no exception. Like its namesake, it sweeps you up into a vortex of punchy drums, handclaps and catchy melodies, leaving the furniture in your brain-garden strewn halfway down the street. Hurricane Brendon is a storm we can get onboard with.
9. Can’t Fight Against The Youth (Nicotine EP, 2014)
Nor can you fight against the draw of this song from Panic!’s 2013 Nicotine EP, especially if you’re a fan of Brendon’s synthier, dreamlike works. You know, the stuff you can picture Keyboard Cat jamming along to. This song could even be compared to human catnip *stares at the ceiling with giant pupils*.
8. The Calendar (Vices & Virtues, 2011)
Brendon rarely plays this song live because it’s a little too chill for his high-energy shows, which means we can only enjoy those strings and soothing vocals on record. So, do what B-town says, and put another X on the calendar. One on every day you plan to listen to it. The year should look like a really one-sided game of noughts and crosses by the time you’re done.
7. London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, 2005)
It’s hard to refer to any of the tracks on A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out as ‘underrated’, but this one is, just a tiny, teensy little bit. ‘Just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic, with a good chance of a) indifference and b) disinterest in what the critics say’, sings Brendon two-minutes-and-34-seconds in, soaking everybody with his sass rain. We don’t even want an umbrella.
6. Mercenary (Music Of Batman: Arkham City, 2011)
Panic! wrote a song for the Batman: Arkham City game, and musically it's way darker and eerier than anything they've written before or after, while still sounding undeniably Panic!. Just an aside, have you ever seen Brendon Urie and Batman in a room together? No, you haven’t. Now go and have a long think about that.
5. Nicotine (Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die!, 2013)
Okay, this track does get played live, and it does have a video, but it’s just TOO good. The only way we’d be able to get our fill of that fist-pump-like-a-Jersey-Shore-reject chorus, tinkly piano and ‘you’re worse than nicotiiiiiiiine’ refrain is if Brendon played a set that went like this: Nicotine, Nicotine, Nicotine, Nicotine, Nicotine, Nicotine, Nicotine, encore break, Nicotine, Nicotine, Nicotine.
4. Memories (Vices & Virtues, 2011)
‘Oh memoriessssss! Where’d you go? You were all I’ve ever known. How I miss yesterday. How I let it fade away…’ sings Brendon on this track. If you love memories (you know, those things that remind you of when your life was way better), then this song will make your heart feel all yearny and stuff. Especially in the middle eight… turn the music down low enough and you’ll be able to hear your heart having a little cry during that bit.
3. Collar Full (Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, 2013)
If we were the Grammar Police we’d say it’s impossible to have a Collar Full of something, and therefore this song is out-and-out nonsense. But we’re actually just regular people who rather like Panic! At The Disco, so we’ll pretend Brendon means ‘colourful’ and enjoy this song for the romantic, electro, Vegas-inspired tune that it is.
2. New Perspective (Jennifer’s Body: Music From The Motion Picture, 2009)
Everybody loves going to the movies: warm popcorn, a bladder-bursting fizzy drink, and if you happened to see the movie Jennifer’s Body, a Panic! At The Disco song in the soundtrack. What a treat! Incidentally, this track had to be edited for radio, due to the lyric: ‘Can we fast-forward ’til you go down on me?’ Ruuuude!
1. The Good, The Bad And The Dirty (Death Of A Bachelor, 2016)
This track from 2016’s Death Of A Bachelor is quite possibly one of the best songs Brendon Urie has ever written, yet he didn’t make it a single, favouring Victorious, Hallelujah, Emperor’s New Clothes AND the title-track over it. Obviously he was too preoccupied with hiding the body of his former bachelor self to think clearly.
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Words: Jennyfer J. Walker