The 10 Best Twenty One Pilots Songs Ever
Twenty One Pilots, a duo consisting of members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, is on an upward climb — flourishing in the music scene. The band’s genre is difficult to describe because all of their songs are versatile — ranging from alternative hip hop beats and raps mixed in with electronic, pop, indie and rock sounds. Not only is their music eclectic, but their lyrics focus on deep issues, discussing depression, suicide and life motives. Through their songs, Joseph and Dun are expressing serious topics, but the musical beats make each song intriguing and repeat-worthy.
After releasing Vessel in 2013, the band took a different approach with their 2015 hit album Blurryface, which made Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Although Blurryface is the duo’s second studio album released through Fueled By Ramen, they have multiple songs worth listening to. Here’s 10 of their best songs:
1. “Car Radio” – Vessel
“Car Radio” discusses a true story when Joseph was late to class and accidentally left his car unlocked. When he returned, items where missing, including his car’s radio. For a while, he wasn’t able to listen to the radio while driving anymore, which forced him to think about everything going on in his head. The song is also a metaphor of what it’s like to have something removed from your life and ponder what to do in silence. This song has an edgy tone but includes elements of rhyme and rap, as well as intense rock moments.
Lyrics: “I hate this car that I’m driving/There’s no hiding for me/I’m forced to deal with what I feel/There is no distraction to mask what is real/I could pull the steering wheel”
2. “Tear In My Heart” – Blurryface
“Tear In My Heart” is an ode to a woman who causes oppositional thoughts. Although she is “the tear in my [his] heart,” Joseph sings, “Take me higher/Than I’ve ever been.” The song describes a relationship that deals with both ups and downs, but at the end of the day, everything is worth it.
Lyric: “The songs on the radio are okay, but my taste in music is your face.”
3. “Trees” – Vessel
Although “Trees” doesn’t have many lyrics, I think the song is still very powerful. Joseph sings “I can feel your breath/I can feel my death/I want to know you/I want to see/I want to say/Hello.” The song can be interpreted in various different ways, but the surface meaning is about trying or wanting to connect with someone but they are unreachable.
Lyrics: “Why won’t you speak?/Where I happen to be/Silent/In the trees/Standing cowardly”
4. “Stressed Out” – Blurryface
“Stressed Out” not only won an iHeartRadio Music Award for Alternative Rock Song of the Year, but also reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song discusses the transition from child to adulthood, and different pieces of life you wish you could change. Joseph sings that he wishes he could “turn back time to the good ‘ol days,” but now he’s “stressed out.” He sings about when he and his brother were young and innocent, but now, as an adult, there are so many factors of life to think about.
Lyric: “We used to play pretend, give each other different names,/We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away,/ Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face,/Saying, ‘Wake up, you need to make money'”
5. “Doubt” – Blurryface
“Doubt” is a very dark song, with very pop-sounding beats, but a serious meaning. It’s a plea for help as Joseph calls out to someone, begging them “don’t forget about me.” He sings about how he’s scared of immaturity, uncertainty and anxiety. Although the song is very beat-driven, the lyrics are intense, relatable and definitely not a song to be overlooked.
Lyric: “Temperature is dropping, temperature is dropping,/ I’m not sure if I can see this ever stopping,/Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, no,/ You are all that I’ve got, no.”
6. “We Don’t Believe What’s on TV” – Blurryface
“We Don’t Believe What’s On TV” is one of the only upbeat songs on the album, discussing the idea that although TV is unreliable and often promises things that are unattainable, Joseph is searching for something or someone he can trust. This song is talking about love and both the reality and sometimes unreliability that comes along with it.
Lyric: “I don’t care what’s in your hair,/I just wanna know what’s on your mind,/ I used to say, ‘I wanna die before I’m old,’/But because of you I might think twice”
7. “Migraine” – Vessel
“Migraine” is a super interesting track off of Vessel, taking a different approach than other songs. The song is very fast-paced with strategically placed syntax, rhymes and pauses. This tune has catchy beats with dramatic rhythm, but stripped underneath all of the musicality, Joseph sings about depression and mental illness. He says, “Thank God it’s Friday cause Fridays will always be better than Sundays/
‘Cause Sundays are my suicide days” and “sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head.” Although the topic is very intense, Joseph ends the song with: “But I know we’ve made it this far, kid.”
Lyric: “‘Cause sometimes to stay alive,/you’ve got to kill your mind”
8. “Kitchen Sink” – Regional at Best
“Kitchen Sink” is all about purpose, and how people decide to live their lives. Joseph suggests in this song to create something that has meaning for yourself. He sings: “Then write something, yeah it might be worthless/ Then paint something then, it might be wordless/Pointless curses, nonesense verses/You’ll see purpose start to surface.” Joseph is trying to explain that it doesn’t matter if you’re artistic or not, but create something that only you will understand-no one can take that away from you.
Lyric: “No one else is dealing with your demons/Meaning maybe defeating them/Could be the beginning of your meaning, friend”
9. “Ode to Sleep” – Vessel
“Ode to Sleep” is intriguing within the first 30 seconds of the song. The beat pulls you in and keeps you entertained for the full five minutes of the tune, offering different beats, raps, tones and singing styles. This song takes the listener on a rollercoaster of different emotions. Joseph starts the song by singing: “I wake up fine and dandy but then by the time I find it handy,/To rip my heart apart and start planning my crash landing,” and continues later in the song with “I don’t hear those voices calling,/I must have kicked them out, I must have kicked them out.”
Lyric: “I’ll stay awake,/ ‘Cause the dark’s not taking prisoners tonight”
10. “Implicit Demand for Proof” – Twenty One Pilots
Although Twenty One Pilot’s self-titled album is six years old, this song goes to show how far the band has come. Even without the rapping, heavy beats and rhymes, Joseph’s lyrics and voice stand out. The first minute and a half of the song is completely instrumental, and when his voice slowly comes in, it’s easy to see how passionate he is. “Implicit Demand for Proof” started their first album, and six years later, the passion is still there.
Lyric: “Rain down and destroy me”
Twenty One Pilots is incomparable to other bands out there. They have their own sound, offering unique and inviting beats to back up such passionate, personal lyrics. They’re genre is undefinable-proving that the duo can take on all different types of sounds.
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