Tune Talk: Top 21 Best Panic! At the Disco Songs

Willie Williams, Staff Writer

21. LA Devotee; Death of a Bachelor (2016)
As I’ve shown recently, I’ve lost interest in any of Panic! At the Disco’s newer material. However I can’t resist giving credit on quite literally the best song off of their 2016 debut album, “Death of a Bachelor.” You literally cannot argue that “LA Devotee” is the best song off of the entire album. I’ll admit there would be some serious competition with “Hallelujah,” “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time,” and “Golden Days,” but once you think about it, “LA Devotee” takes the cake. The song has a great beat, a really cool chorus, some awesome lyrics, and a very creative music video.

20. One of the Drunks; Pray For the Wicked (2018)
I’d personally have to say that this song was my number one favorite off of the “Pray for the Wicked” album. That is whenever I actually listened to it on a daily basis. Literally by a “daily basis” I mean once every week or so. This song had me at the beat, I loved the sound of the song. I can’t really explain it. The lyrics were cool in my opinion and I just thought the song overall was great.

19. Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met); Vices and Virtues (2011)
The main reason I put this one over top of “LA Devotee” and “One of the Drunks” is simply because of one fact. This was the last song that Ryan Ross before leaving the group to work with his other band, The Young Veins. Anyways, this song has been claimed to be the best song off of the album by many people including some of my own friends. Personally I believe that the best song off of the album is “Trade Mistakes” but that’s my opinion. This song had a very creative build up to the chorus and everyone including me just loved it.

18. Silver Lining; Pray for the Wicked (2018)
As I’ve said multiple times before and I’ll still say this now, this song was a great way to kick off a new album. Not only was it great on the album, but it was really cool to see Brendon Urie jump out of the stage and start singing along with the song whenever he toured this year. The song has a really good beat that makes you want to dance and nod along with it. Really good tune.

17. Hey Look Ma, I Made It; Pray for the Wicked (2018)
This song is SOOOOO much better than “High Hopes.” There is a reason “High Hopes” isn’t on this list, and that’s because it’s not a good song. The radio overplays it, it’s like they’re trying to beat it into your brain and I hate it. Anyways, this song is inspirational and has a very creative and unique beat. I thought the tune itself was really cool. I love this song.

16. That Green Gentleman; Pretty. Odd. (2008)
This is one of the Panic! At the Disco classics. Personally I think you should feel like a disgrace if you call yourself a Panic! At the Disco fan and you don’t know this song. The song was good. The video was cool. You literally can’t go wrong with this song. It was so good.

15. But it’s Better if You Do; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
This is yet another Panic! At the Disco classic. Everybody including myself loved the piano in this song. It was new, it was creative. It was a song that made you want to dance. The entire fever album makes you want to dance in general. But this one is also the song on the album that kicks you into “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” which I thought was really cool.

14. Behind the Sea; Pretty. Odd. (2008)
The main reason I love this song was mostly because it was one of the two or three songs off of the album that Ryan Ross sang by himself. I love Ryan Ross’s vocals on any song and any band that he’s in. This one I’d honestly have to say is my favorite off of the entire album. It’s one of the slower ones but it’s definitely worth the listen if you haven’t already.

13. Nine in the Afternoon; Pretty. Odd. (2008)
This was Panic! At the Disco’s second biggest anthem after “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” This one was another one of my favorites off the album. This song was apparently about being on stuff. Which I wasn’t fully aware of. I thought the song was about being really happy on a weekend or something like that. Like you’re just so happy that you’re making up times and dancing in a random parade on the street like they did in the music video. I guess I was wrong.

12. Northern Downpour; Pretty. Odd. (2008)
This song was one of the extremely slow ones and apparently made some fans cry because it’s Ryan and Brendon singing together on a slow song. I didn’t cry personally, I thought it was beautiful as well but I didn’t cry. I would say if you haven’t heard I’d recommend it but I guarantee most of you have already listen to at least a few parts of the song. Really good song, I loved the rhythm and the style of the song.

11. She’s a Handsome Woman; Pretty. Odd. (2008)
This one I personally felt is one of the most underrated songs off of its album. Whenever I heard this song I immediately fell in love with its rhythm. I loved the guitar part in the intro and the style of the song. I loved everything about this one. Of course Ryan Ross wrote it, why wouldn’t I love it?

10. Build God Then We’ll Talk; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
I’m not even going to explain what this is about, you can go ahead and figure that one out by yourself. But this one was really cool, it even included an accordion which was new to hear from these guys. I was generally surprised whenever I found out that both Brendon and Ryan play the accordion and they shared the credit in the booklet of the album.

9. New Perspective (2011)
This song is one of the b-sides that Panic! At the Disco released a little bit after their third album, “Vices and Virtues.” I fell in love with the song the instant I heard it for the first time. I couldn’t stop listening to it in all honesty. I loved the song so much. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the song, I just don’t listen to it as much as I did. Really great song. It’ll always be a great one to me.

8. Trade Mistakes; Vices and Virtues (2011)
This song holds a special place in my heart. And I will tell you that this was the song that my girlfriend and I loved on the album. This song was her number one favorite as well as mine, the only difference between us was that she personally loves this album the most, like it’s her favorite one. Mine of course is fever but that’s beside the point. There is literally no specific points about this song that I can give to you because everything about it is perfect. Definitely check it out.

7. The Only Difference between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
This one was another great way to kick off an album. This song was one of the reasons I really got into Panic! At the Disco after hearing about them. I bought their album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat” because I loved sins and lying. As I heard the first song off of the album, which is this song, I fell in love with the band.

6. London Beckoned Songs about Money Written by Machines; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
I’d have to say that this song is actually the heaviest song off of this album. The power chords on the guitar don’t lighten up, the get a little bit calm, but that’s it. It’s mostly just blasted power chords and that’s why I love the song. I actually learned that Ryan didn’t like how the chorus of this song went and wish it would’ve been written differently. Personally I love it the way it is, but I would love to see what he meant.

5. Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl can have Without Taking Her Clothes Off; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
This was one of the songs that I was obsessed with whenever I first started listening to Panic! At the Disco. The song was just so good. I couldn’t get over how amazing the song was and I couldn’t stop listening to it. I even made it my message tone for my phone at one point. The music just speaks to me. Like it hits me in the right place in my heart.

4. Turn Off the Lights; Vices and Virtues {Unreleased} (2011)
This is a newer song that I’ve actually just checked out recently. I immediately fell in love with the style of the song. The chorus is my favorite part. There is quite literally nothing wrong with the song at all. There isn’t a single thing that I would fix because I have zero problems with it. I love every last bit of the song and everything about it.

3. I Write Sins Not Tragedies; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
Of course this is the most people know whenever Panic! At the Disco is mentioned in a conversation. This was their biggest hit of all-time until of course “High Hopes” ruined that, that song isn’t even good. Anyways, we’re not going to talk about why I hate “High Hopes” right now, maybe I’ll do that in a different story. Sins is just such a hardcore song that hit so many people in the right place simply because the song was just so relatable. Most people took the song by the chorus with how parents don’t close the door after the leave your room. I’m with them on that because I hate whenever people come in my room and then leave with the door open. It bugs me as much as it probably bugs you.

2. Camisado; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
I was surprised to find out about the meaning of the song. It’s actually about how Ryan Ross’s father was having drinking problems and how he had to help him to the hospital. Hence the lyrics “sit back, relapse again.” I know that’s a horrible thing for him to go through but I thought it was really creative of him to write about it.

1. Time to Dance; A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
Nobody should be at all surprised that I chose this one to be number one. Quite obviously because it’s their best song ever. It was performed perfectly live. It was written amazingly well by Ryan Ross. The live version’s backup and lead vocals are amazing whenever they collaborate together. It’s quite simply the best song that they’ve ever had released.