Top Ten Best Twenty One Pilots Songs

I only made this list because I hadn't seen it yet on this site. Hopefully people will come to it eventually.

The Top TenXW

1Car Radio

This song is so good it sends chills down my spine whenever I listen to it. Not to mention the abrupt beats and instrumentals at 2:57 and 3:56. It's the kind of song that makes you want to drop everything and just concentrate only on it until it gets over.

Car Radio perfectly blends piano, vocals, drums, and electronic music into a great ballad about losing a car radio, which makes the song even better. - ChristianDavid

This song is a true story, and tells you about what we do. We hide behind music and deny the true reality that we are in. You should probably take your earphones out for a second and look up and just think.

The fact that it is depressing to think isn't really the problem, but that people are so afraid of being depressed, and that fear actually fuels itself and the feeling of depression. To me this song urgently tells me that although it is scary, it is what being alive is and we should not run away from it knowing that eventually peace will overcome the fear in the end. - Zepman

It's my favorite song

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2Holding On to You

This is the first song I heard by them, and now I can sing the whole song. "tie a noose around your mind loose enough to breath fine" is one of the best lyrics. And the transition from "entertain my faith" to "lean with it rock with it" is bomb.

Honestly this song is just so beautiful and has a wonderful meaning. I often find myself getting lost in it! "You are surrounding, all my surroundings, sounding down the mountain range of my left side brain"

This song perfectly represents how twenty one pilot songs can easily go from upbeat to ballad. It's not only soothing to the ears, but also has amazing to the lyrics.

This song explains the demons in people

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3Stressed Out

As a 16 year old guy and many responsibilities of being the oldest child and having to grow up the quickest and then seeing life speed on by these 16 years have gone too fast and this song makes me sad because like he says he wishes he could turn back time to the good dope days when his momma used to sing him to sleep when he was stressed out. I feel the same way wanting to be a kid again no worries having fun with friend playing childish games that you had the most fun in the world and now I have to wake up and grow up and start making money. This song is genuine and very heartfelt for me.

There is no description in the English language that can adequately describe this song, it's just such a work of art that I don't think I can do it justice. If you haven't listened to it yet, stop reading this and go listen to it! If you have listened to it, then you too should stop reading this and go listen to it!

I can relate to so many Twenty One Pilots songs, but this one is probably the most relatable for me. Plus is it just a pure work of art in general.

Well, I just have to say that the first time that I listened to this song I felt in love. And I started investigating and I discovered twenty one pilots, my favourite group.

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The beat is amazing, the lyrics go deeper the more you listen to them, and his voice is honest and raw; this is what TOP sounds like and this is why their music saves people too. Open, honest, and comparable to what we go through!

So many meaningful quotes to this song. "Sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind","Sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head" "I am not as fine as I seem", "behind my eyelids are islands of violence", "I know we made it this far, kid" For someone going through depression, these are what get me through a lot.

Most people wouldn't understand the lyrics to the song when they first listened to it, or maybe like the third time they listened to it. The lyrics are very deep, and well, that's the type of person I am. I cannot stand music with no meaning, so this is perfect, love it!

Absolutely magnificent introductory segment. I can't stop singing to this song.

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5Ode to Sleep

Not a diehard TOP fan, but I am a big one, and their lyrics never cease to amaze me. The thought that goes into their songs is incredible, and are constantly examined to define their meaning. Though Stressed Out and Ride may be the ones everyone knows, but those who listen a little deeper know that those are by no means their best songs. Personally, I think The Pantaloon, Trapdoor, this song, Run and Go, Migraine, Polarize, and Message Man are their true and best songs. Keep it up Twenty One Pilots... I think you're starting your own genre here. - cartaris101

Ode to Sleep is a perfect representation of, well, pretty much everything twenty one pilots is. The way they use their lyrics to describe these intense emotions and go into such excruciating detail so that the song seems to spread through you and moves from your ears down to your heart. The way they so fluently mix tempos and even genres of music is astonishing. Just the pure skill Tyler has with his voice and Josh on the drums and how everything blends harmoniously (despite seemingly rough transitions) is just phenomenal. Hearing this song really gets you going and always makes me think "Wow, I wish all music made me feel like this." Ode to Sleep is overall, an incredible song, and it could be argued whether it's number 1 out of TØP's great number of songs, but I truly believe this song deserves appreciation for just how truly amazing it is.

This is my absolute favorite song of all times. It makes me so emotional. The tempo changes are amazing. I know its bad I trust this song, because you're not supposed to trust a song that's flawless. Tyjo's rapping is beautiful. His high notes are beautiful.The piano playing is beautiful. I listen to this song every morning and it always cheers me up when I'm upset. This is truly 5 minutes of perfection. I cannot believe its number 5 (currently) and I think it deserves to be above Stressed Out. It's so creative and well thought out. I love this beauty so much. The fact they brought the 2nd rap set from "Just Like Yesterday" makes it even better. This song is my life

This song should be in the top 3... This song is one of their best work ever...

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6Guns for Hands

It is a happy sounding song, and at the same time has very deep and meaningful lyrics to go along with it. Generally, it is a big favourite of the Skeleton Clique.

The lyrics are insanely deep yet the song is so brilliant and upbeat. A work of art

This song sends chills down my spine... In a good way! I listen to it when I am feeling down! This song along with heathens, are my go-to songs

The lyrics are deep and meaningful, and the tune is upbeat and catchy. This is one of my favorite songs of all time.

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Beautiful and sinister, with a well developed background melody and intriguing lyrics. I've never played/seen Suicide Squad, and this is still my all time favourite 21 pilots song.

The beat is awesome, it sounds like a modern day song, the message is easy to follow, and it will be great for Suicide Squad. Is this gonna be in a new album?

I know a lot to this song since I first heard about it I started to sing it and now I know the whole words in this son josh is a good player and Tyler is a good singer I wish soon I can grow up and be like them

NO NO STOP IT! Anyone who votes for this is a fake fan

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Just simply great, the change of heavy and soft vocals is amazing

Roll down your car windows and blare it.

To be honest this song is a very good because I'm think that your talking about taking your time on what ever you got going and if its not then what ever your song is keep it up and don't let anybody make you take this song down.

Damn cool son'

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9House of Gold

This was my twenty one pilots song I ever heard. I'm so glad I listened to it.

Awesome song. This was one of the first twenty one pilots songs I had ever heard, and it was really what got me hooked on the band. It really should be higher up on the list.

It has a happy tone to it and it is really easy to pick up on the lyrics and sing along, even if it is your first time hearing it. The main instrument is the ukulele which just makes you want to move your head to the beat.

This is the best

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This song is a work of art, and I'm absolutely obsessed. The lyrics and Tyler's voice are so captivating, bringing together the emotion brought out in this song. It's one of my personal favorites of all of their songs. I really hope they always perform this at their shows, not only does it get the crowd pumped, but I think everyone can create their own meaning to it and relate to Trees on different levels.

With a band as amazing as twenty one pilots, picking a favorite is tough! But the sheer beauty, gradually rising tempo, and all out bombastic finish give this one the top spot by a hair (over Guns for Hands) for me! The true meaning of the song (if you are familiar with Tyler's beliefs) is also a winner!

Such an amazing song. When you truly do feel the emotion, it is so pure. You develop your own meaning for the song and that is beautiful. The blend of the keyboard and the drums make it even better. It's one of their songs I can listen to all day and never get tired of, one of the few that I always hear something new in it.

Never cried so much for a song that touched my heart so deeply. It is so pure that it gives me goose bumps.

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The Newcomers

?Tear in My Heart

My friends had been talking about Twenty One Pilots for months and months on end. Finally, I decided to check their music out, so I wouldn't feel left out. The first song I got on iTunes was Stressed Out (basic, but it was catchy) and the second was Tear In My Heart. It seemed so familiar, yet so new and innovative. The techno was mixed in with the rock and it was an absolutely perfect blend.

Any popular song that calls out the government on anything gains my attention. At first, I found it annoying, but then I actually truly listened to the lyrics. I felt so many emotions and sounds behind the scenes of the song, I simply cannot describe. And I understand now why the Skeleton Clique is so passionate about the talent that is TWENTY ONE PILOTS.

All of their songs have meanings that mean a lot to me but this one is the most special in my opinion

Very different from their other songs, but nonetheless very well produced and thought out. Should be higher on this list.

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?Fairly Local

Fairly Local gripped me tight and raised me from perdition. I'm sorry, but that's the best way I could describe my overwhelming emotions for this song.

I can't even explain why I love this so much. I especially liked the parts "Yo, you bulletproof in black like a funeral" it speaks to me haha

My favorite TOP song. It is AWESOME! It was one of the first songs I had heard. That's what got me to love the band so much.

Love it. Cannot explain why, but it's true. This song never WAS on the radio, even though the clique voted for it.

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The Contenders


This is such a good song, I can't even begin to understand why it is so low! I listen to this ALL the time and in my top two favorites (holding on to you & heavydirtysoul). I LOVE this song, especially "gangsters don't cry" and "death inspires me like a dog inspires a rabbit" lol.

I'm listening to this song right now. It's so catchy, sticks in your head, and makes me want to dance and sing along. It has a relatable message and the amount of different melodies and layers in this are so interesting. Tyler's voice changes pitch so much, but still sounds great, and Josh's playing is so intense. Great song. This should be in the top ten.

Why is this so low, this is one of my favorites! personally I think this song (or maybe migraine) has the best rapping. Its lyrics have deeper meaning, this really should at least be in the top 15

I can rap this, hell yeah

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12Kitchen Sink

I have never in my life ever heard a song more fitting of the word "beautiful." Not only are the lyrics an absolute masterpiece, but the music is fantastic at the same time. Seriously about the lyrics though, those alone should rocket this song to the top spot. Less people have heard it because it is from their earlier album Regional at Best, but this is deserving of number one. Holding Onto You will probably always be my favorite Twenty One Pilots song for more personal reasons, but Kitchen Sink is definitely their best.

Kitchen sink is just so meaningful and an amazing, beautiful work of art. Tyler has so much talent at music and writing and it really shows in this song. The song is all about finding a purpose in life, and how we all sometimes feel meaningless. This song discusses a really deep topic, and Tyler's amazing talent just polishes it off. This song should definitely be number one.

Why isn't this number one rather than way down at 25? Like this song has utterly changed/saved my life...
"i'm a kitchen sink. you don't know what that means. because a kitchen sink to you is not a kitchen sink to me."
"no one else is dealing with your demons maybe meaning defeating them can be the beginning of your meaning, friend"
"leave me alone... don't leave me alone"

This needs to be way higher up on the list, it is truly a work of art. The talent put forth in this song is amazing. It's number one on Watch Mojo's list

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13Addict with a Pen

Most of the songs on Twenty One Pilots by Twenty One Pilots are far superior to their other albums. By no means are their other albums bad. Many of their songs have made me cry and made me think. But this album in particular is very thought provoking and just special. You can here the emotion in Tyler's voice and that emotion can transfer off to you and change in for the better.

Most people don't realize what this song is about. I was talking to my friend and she was like "why are they singing about pens? " And it's about a father/son relationship just listen to the lyrics: "I know I haven't been the best of sons" "you hear me screaming "father"" so sad what mainstream fans think.

Addict With a Pen is such an emotionally draining song that gives me the chills every time I listen to it. Along with it's upbeat rhythms and down to earth lyrics, it contains some of the most raw and true emotions that no one can ignore.

Self titled > all

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This song makes me feel something that I can't explain.

Semi-Automatic was the first TOP song I ever heard, and it will forever be my favorite. This song is so well written, and is just a true masterpiece. It really needs to be higher on the list!

"My shadow grows taller along with my fears." This song is a masterpiece and is so well written. The lyrics are very true for some people.

WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE LIKE THIS SONG? (No offense to Tyler and Josh, but this song is crap! )

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15The Judge

This song has amazing lyrics and is always just a great song. It's upbeat to the point where you can be cheered up just by listening to it. This song brings a smile to my face.

Will argue that this is their best song until I die. It's everything good about top in one 5 minute period. The genre switches, the music itself, Tyler's rapping, Tyler's vocal range, and I think Josh's drumming is just fantastic in this one

I love this song so much I literally smile when I hear the beginning of it despite the fact that it is an odd sound.

I know this one's a contradiction because of how happy it sounds, but the lyrics are so down...for anyone who didn't get that, It was from "Not Today"

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16Not Today

This song is so catchy and sounds so happy but in the song one of the lyrics are "Listen I know, this one's a contradiction because of how happy it sounds, when the lyrics are so down." They know how to get someone to tap their foot, and this song does just that and more.

Absolutely Amazing. One of my best friends, also a hardcore clique member, like me, we were singing this, and my other friends came up to us, trying to interrupt. One of them just gave up and started singing along with us. We sounded horrible, but's the thought that counts.

I heard it for the first time and I just love the chorus. It makes me so happy and I don't know why. The song says that it's a contradiction because of how happy it sounds but the lyrics are so down. - AnonymousChick

This is their best song, not only because it is kind of underrated, but because it truly speaks out in such a raw, beautiful form.

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Twenty One Pilots have great song lyrics and great beats and I'm pretty sure that's what listeners expect from them; an upbeat and fun song with deep meaning. Doubt specifically is one of my favorites along with The Judge which are both upbeat and meaningful songs and I too do not know why it is not on of the top 5.

This is personally one of my favorite songs by twenty one pilots, and is also my favorite song at the moment. It gives me just this sense of realism and helps me put everything into perspective. "Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts" is a great lyric from this song.

This is my favorite song, not only from twenty one pilots, but in general. I love the pure beat, the lyrics make me so emotional, and the song makes me want to jump up and dance. Honestly, this song should be in the top 5! I love it SO much! I recommend it!

I really wish that this song was more known. The beat is so catchy and it makes me so happy when I listen to it. It makes me think about people I love and like any one of twenty one pilots' songs, it's absolutely amazing

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18Fake You Out

This song describes how I feel on a day to day basis. I "break" multiple times a day, and I can't complain to anyone because they will just get annoyed with me (this is what has happened every time I've tried to vent to anyone, whether it's my best friend or someone I just met.) So, I'm forced to fake a smile and continue on with my life. And trust me when I say this: I will fake you out.

This is the first song I got addicted to. Tyler and Josh are two of my favourite celebrities, and I have quite a lot of celebrities I like (Brendon Urie is too perfect okay). This song brings back so many memories for me and it means so much; it's a brilliant song and I hope it gets higher.

How is this so low? It is amazing, especially the parts where Tyler's voice goes high. It has an amazing chorus and you could listen to it hundreds of times without becoming bored.

I love to rap it because the rap part is so true. Kids these days are killing themselves. - AnonymousChick

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The song has been anticipated since 2012 was originally a accompanied by different instruments but was never release properly as a single. Then it realeased and is as if he was confessing he wants forgiveness from Blurryface. It's so deep and sad and then the explosions of his emotions about how he feels about not being forgiven and the screaming and the pain he's going through at the end of the track. The tracks ending gives me chills down my spine. The best track they ever made. Powerful and incredible

Also an amazing song. The new Goner blew my expectations away. I already knew what I was getting into but when it came down to it, I was not expecting the huge explosion of awesomeness in this.

So I was listening to the whole album with my friend and this came on. SHe skipped it and said it was basicallly boring and repetitive. I like slow piano music and I don't care what she thinks so I decided to listen to it. I was laying on my couch, really tired and then, well, the screamo part came on and I was so scared. - AnonymousChick

Love this one also!

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20Lane Boy

This is easily the best song ever. No one should ever say those words unless they actually know what they are listening to. The song is amazing and different. Its not just another crap song about love. Their songs actually have meaning

This is their best song, way better than Stressed Out and also way more radio-worthy. It appeals to everyone, being upbeat but having rebellious and dark lyrics.

I put "Don't trust a perfect person, and don't trust a song that's flawless" in my bio on like, everything.

This is the one of the best 21 pilots songs

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