Beck Rates: Panic! albums and songs


Beck Iannucci

Putting the band’s issues aside (we’ve talked about this in a previous article of mine), let’s rate Panic! At The Disco albums!

Album Ranking

1. Pretty. Odd. 

Pretty. Odd. is a classic. Unlike the band’s other albums, this collection of songs doesn’t contain curse words or suggestive language. It’s just a lighthearted listen to brighten one’s day. I truly feel like everything about this album is spectacular. Pretty. Odd. gives me a sense of comfort that I can’t explain, but is always there when I hit play.

That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed) is my personal favorite from this album. I appreciate the sentiment of being able to deal with changes while feeling distanced from things.

2. Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die

This album has so many hits, it’s insane. First off, This Is Gospel and Miss Jackson, arguably some of the best Panic! has to offer, and the upbeat tune, Girl That You Love, and don’t even get me started on Far Too Young to Die. What a masterpiece.

3. Death Of A Bachelor

How can we forget Death Of A Bachelor? I’ll be honest, I listened to Impossible Year a lot in 2020. Even before that, when I was having a rough couple months. The song is so vulnerable and perfectly illustrates loneliness along with pessimism and frustration. If anything, this is the perfect song to let out some steam to.

House of Memories feels like a happy way to talk about loss — like looking on the bright side of it. Maybe that’s because of the upbeat instrumentals, but this breakup song has become something else for me. It’s themes of not wanting someone to forget you transfered over to me when I was experiencing loss back in middle school, though it was the opposite. I was afraid that I’d forget him. As a result, the song holds a close place in my heart.

4. A Fever You can’t Sweat Out

I Write Sins Not Tragedies is absolutely iconic, if not for the lyrics themselves, the music video is. The album also features There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet. Yes, the song is a mouth full, but well worth the effort. The pure confidence that radiates out of this song is unmatched.

I also have to turn your attention to The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Su*c*de Is Press Coverage. This upbeat tune will have you have you dancing in no time. The song criticizes “clout chasers” with lines like “we’re still so young, desperate for attention” and pokes fun at celebrities, stating “It seems the artists these days are not who you think”.

5. Pray For the Wicked

My personal favorite from this album is Dancing’s Not A Crime. If you’re ever in need of a song to dance to, whether you’re skilled or otherwise, this is the song for you. It’s hard to be embarrassed about your dance moves while Brendon is cheering you on.

The high notes in King Of The Clouds can’t be overlooked. The Overpass is another favorite of mine from this album. That’s mostly because I love the line “Sketchy girls and lipstick boys”. But there’s also the way he unapologetically sings “See, the thing is I’m so sorry to say, someone still loves you”.

6. Vices & Virtues

Though this album is my least favorite, that doesn’t it’s not worth your time. This album has some hidden gems — one being The Ballad of Mona Lisa. With an eerie beginning and steampunk video, The Ballad of Mona Lisa will capture your heart. You, too, may pay to see her frown.

The other notable song on this album is Sarah Smiles. The song, written about Brendon’s wife, is about a woman who lives in a happiness that makes it seem like she’s oblivious to the world’s trouble’s. Brendon, being someone who sees these issues, wonders how she stays optimistic.

Song Ranking — top ten best

  1. That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
  2. Mad As Rabbits
  3. This Is Gospel 
  4. House of Memories
  5. There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet
  6. LA Devotee
  7. I Have Friends In Holy Spaces
  8. But It’s Better If You Do
  9. Behind The Sea
  10. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Su*c*de Is Press Coverage