To celebrate the release of Panic! At The Disco's fourth studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, frontman Brendon Urie teamed up with iHeartRadio to Guest DJ a radio station that's perfect for him. In addition to music from Panic! At The Disco's brand new album, the station includes music from artists in many genres, from Frank Sinatra and Bob Marley to A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar.
Check out the band's top ten tracks, accompanied by Brendon Urie's explanation of why they were chosen, below.
1. A$AP Rocky, "Goldie"
"'Yes, I’m the sh*t/Tell me, do it stink?' I f**king love the beat and the use of reverb-heavy vocals in the background," Brendon tells iHeartRadio. "Right when I got this record, this was one of my favorite songs. The lyrics suggest the 'I don’t give a f**k ‘cause I know I’m good' mentality, which is usually something that gets overused and abused in hip-hop. But Rocky brings a fresh-as-hell vibe to it and kills this track."
2. Bob Marley, "Concrete Jungle"
"I’ve always been a fan of Bob Marley, but never really got into this song until later on. The title pulled me in immediately. I instantly thought of Las Vegas - where I grew up - truly a concrete jungle of a different variety. I must have played this song on repeat for about a week straight. To be fair, I was smoking a copious amount of w**d at the time."
3. Billy Joel, "Scene From An Italian Restaurant"
"I was raised on a healthy dose of Billy Joel. The intro is nice, the second part is better, and the third piano break is un-f**king-real. I remember trying to teach myself this song on piano when I was younger. I think I just got too frustrated to finish learning it. Maybe I’ll give it another try."
4. Daft Punk, "Digital Love"
"When I was a senior in high school, I drove a purple minivan... like soccer-mom minivan. The upside was it had a 6-CD changer, which I filled with CDs I burned myself. The mixes were all over the place, but the most consistent one I made was filled almost entirely with Daft Punk songs from Discovery. The vocoder-verses are my favorite on the record, and the keyboard/guitar-synth solo toward the end of the song is so unbelievably cool in the way that it does this, like, Peter Frampton-esque call-and-response part with the vocoder lead vocal."
5. Frank Sinatra, "I’ve Got The World On A String"
"Quite possibly my favorite singer of all time. The compositions are beautiful, pure and simple. I sing this song in the shower every morning. Seriously, the amount of times I’ve played/sung this song is ridiculous. I’m just glad my wife loves Sinatra as much as I do."
6. Kendrick Lamar, "Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe"
"This beat is so laid back. I love the way the vocals are layered in octaves in the beginning and throughout the whole song. 'I am a sinner who’s probably gonna sin again.' I love Kendrick’s lyrics. And his voice is so unique, it catches your attention immediately and keeps your interest until he finishes talking."
7. Prince, "When Doves Cry"
"Classic. Admittedly, I’ve tried to mimic the reverb kick drum on almost every demo I’ve made. The production is crazy because it’s almost nothing but drums for the first 16 bars. That’s crazy. Prince, you crazy bastard."
8. Refused, "New Noise"
"I think I was in 9th grade when I heard this song/saw this video for the first time. I was instantly blown away by how brutal the vocals and guitars were, but then the juxtaposition of their preppy look made it that much better. I dressed just like that for a good year or two, and I’ve always been a rhythm-oriented fellow when it comes to writing and recording music. The whole album, Shape of Punk To Come, is one of my favorite albums for sure."
9. Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend"
"Honestly, I love Robyn. She’s such a badass. And one of the first times I heard this song was actually as an SNL parody by Taran Killam - haha. But I love the whole album Body Talk. Definitely one of my favorite songs to dance to just like the video, and if you haven’t seen the video, go check out how badass Robyn really is."
10. Sublime, "Right Back"
"I was introduced to Sublime when I was about 8 years old. I instantly loved Bradley Nowell’s voice. A lot of their songs are covers or remixes of other people’s songs, but their style is so unique and soulful. And 'Right Back' is actually an original. I love how free Bradley was with his lyrics. 'Sleeping by yourself at night can make you feel alone/My girlfriend said so, she’s a little ho/That don’t mean I fuck around/I like to keep that higher ground.' Haha. That’s awesome."
Check out Panic! At The Disco's new video for "Girls/Girls/Boys" below.
Photos: Katherine Tyler