Panic! At The Disco Goes From Writing Sins to Chart Toppers
In 2005, Panic! At the Disco, lead by lead singer Brendon Urie dropped an pop-punk emo cornerstone in “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”. At the time, P!ATD likely had no clue that they were poised to captivate an entire scene… even after getting a monumental launching pad with the assistance of Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. The first home run single of the young band’s career, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” rings in my ears to this day from my teenage years. Panic chimed in with a hit that everyone eventually heard of… with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” peaking at 7th on the Billboard Top 100, and bringing home the MTV Music Video of the Year award for 2006.
Over the next decade and a half (almost), the lineup of Panic! At The Disco has rotated around… well… mostly out. Lead singer Brendon Urie remains the face, voice, front man, songwriter and brain of the band. From then til now, Panic! At The Disco explored a more progressive instrumental detour with “Pretty. Odd.”, and a return to pop and theatrics with “Vices and Virtues” which would be the final album with any of the other founding members in a full time capacity. In 2013, Brendon would continue the Panic! legacy forward by taking the reimagined band towards a much more electronic pop avenue, releasing “Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die”. Original drummer Spencer Smith would drop out of the album’s titled headline tour, only to officially leave the band entirely later. This first step into pop would prove to be a very large one for Brendon, allowing him to tap into a generation almost ten years after Panic! At The Disco first burst onto the scene. The band’s follow-up, “Death of a Bachelor” earned Brendon a Grammy nomination going double platinum and debuting #1 on the Billboard top 200.
With all that success, it’s easy to assume that Panic! At The Disco overachieved expectations from a young, inexperienced, unproven emo band out of Las Vegas. Yet it isn’t until the week of this publication, in early June 2019 that Panic! and Brendon cement his (their) legacy. Almost a year ago (around two weeks away), “Pray For The Wicked” dropped as the bands 6th studio album. One cycle around the sun later, the bands second #1 debut later, and another platinum record in the books later, and the record books open up for Brendon Urie. The hit single “High Hopes” has officially spent a record 31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Rock Charts, beating out Fueled By Ramen label-mates Twenty One Pilots.
To say, “If you haven’t heard Panic! at the Disco’s hit song “High Hopes”, check it out below” would be really cliché and frankly patronizing. Everyone has heard “High Hopes” after a strong year in arenas, ESPN commercials, and every rock and pop radio station in the US and internationally. Instead, why not listen to what we can now call Brendon Urie’s career defining (so far) hit song. Yes, that sounds perfect.