Panic! At the Disco – Defining the Pop Punk Genre

Since 2004 when it was first formed, the band Panic! At The Disco has risen in popularity. The band earned its first No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with their newest album, Death Of A Bachelor (2016).

People: Brendon Urie is the only original member of Panic! At The Disco as of 2015; all of the other members left because of creative differences, or they simply wanted to move on. On tour, Urie has former band bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich to accompany him.

Style: Panic! At The Disco’s songs cover a wide range of genres. For example, numbers in their second studio album, Pretty. Odd. are influenced by 60s rock bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The band is mostly recognized as pop punk, but they are listed under the alternative category on iTunes.

Top five: According to the Hot 100 chart history, the most popular Panic! At The Disco songs are…

1 – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out)

2 – “Hallelujah” (Death Of A Bachelor)

3 – “Nine In The Afternoon” (Pretty. Odd.)

4 – “Emperor’s New Clothes” (Death Of A Bachelor)

5 – “Miss Jackson” (Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!)

Meaning: The meaning and inspiration for Brendon Urie’s lyrics varies greatly from song to song. Some are about religion, facing your sins, and taking responsibility for your actions like in “Hallelujah,” while others were inspired by trivial things. The idea for “Victorious,” for example, came from Urie’s supposed lack of athletic skills (although it turned out to carry a message about winning and “the little victories” in life).

Panic! At The Disco is currently on the Death of A Bachelor tour. Their music is available on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

Photo from panicatthedisco‘s Instagram
Panic At The Disco singer Brendon Urie performs alongside bassist Dallon Weekes and guitarist Kenneth Harris on the Death of A Bachelor tour in London on November 20, 2016.

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