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 Ten

1 Car 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

MY favorite. SONG

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2 Holding 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"

I love every single song twenty one pilots has released (and I'll probably love the ones that are unreleased too) but this song managed to draw tears from me almost every time I listen to it. It's like some sort of therapy for me - all my insecurities and anger seem to seep out when I listen to it, and not a lot of songs are like this.

Best lyrics ever. Well done, Tyler and Josh. - Elijah_Cook

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3 Migraine

Am I the only one I know

Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat

Shadows will scream that I'm alone

I-I-I I've got a migraine

And my pain will range from up, down, and sideways

Thank God it's Friday cause Fridays will always be better than Sundays

'Cause Sundays are my suicide days

I don't know why they always seem so dismal

Thunderstorms, clouds, snow and a slight drizzle

Whether it's the weather or the ledges by my bed

Sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head

Let it be said what the headache represents

It's me defending in suspense

It's me suspended in a defenseless test

Being tested by a ruthless examiner

That's represented best by my depressing thoughts

I do not have writer's block my writer just hates the clock

It will not let me sleep I guess I'll sleep when I'm dead

And sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my ...more - alpacacupid

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.

Best song by Twenty One Pilots, should be #1

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4 Ode 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

I'm a pretty big fan of twenty one pilots, and their music is so amazingly strange that you can't really pick any song out as bad. In fact, almost all of their songs are absolutely fantastic. But I don't think any song represents the band as well as this song. The deep lyrics of Migraine and Car Radio, the intense rapping of Holding on to You, and the synth pop of Tear in My Heart make this an interesting, tempo changing journey of a song. But there is also something at the core of this song that just resonates with me. It's a sense of hope and an urge to fight back that you don't hear in too many of their songs. Pair this with one of the most awesome beats and bass in any of their songs and you get the best TOP song yet.

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.

I like this song a lot.

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5 Heavydirtysoul

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

It's so catchy, Josh's drumming is amazing, and Tyler's vocals give you chills. - Catacorn

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6 Kitchen Sink

This song is very beautiful. While so are most of the other songs on this list, it deserves to be higher up. I mean, #10?! Really? And of course Heathens, Stressed Out and Ride are higher up for some reason! So enraged...but enough complaining. The song is so meaningful and is all about purpose. The message is purpose. Meaning, things can't just be, they have to have purpose. Why is that? What does it mean? Are the questions that described this song. While I haven't had full on depression like some Twenty One Pilots listeners have, I could sure relate to feeling so useless. And how this song helps so much with that. Going back to the whole purpose thing, the song is trying to say that if something is meaningful to you, and only you, you have a purpose to live! Who else could think of that AND write such a beautiful song about it? None other than Tyler Joseph everyone!

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.

This is my favorite Twenty One Pilots song, and I feel that it doesn't get the recognition it deserves. The meaning in these lyrics are deep, and show how depression can lead to a feeling of pointlessness and uselessness. It is an absolutely beautiful masterpiece, and the best song I have ever heard.

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7 Guns 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

This is my favourite song of all times. It is really beautiful.It sounds like a happy song but if you go throw the lyrics you would find such a deep message. I think this song should be on the top of the list. Stay Alive |-/

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8 Stressed 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.


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9 Ride

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.

This song is just awesome...

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10 Heathens

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?

It sounds like a modern day song because IT IS a modern day song - mmarce445

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.

This song is so perfect that it describes the movie so well...can't wait to watch this movie, especially the song plays out in the movie

All my friends are eating steak and snow. I watched a video of misheard lyrics, and now I'm actually gonna comment that every time I see this song. - lovefrombadlands

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The Contenders

11 House of Gold

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

First time I listened to it, I thought it was catchy and fun. Second time around, I thought that the mother died. When I watched the music video... I absolutely lost it. It's such a well written song, and I will often be crying by the end of it. It's by far my favorite and I'm actually listening to it right now! This song deserves to be higher on this list!

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.

I I love the song, just a few seconds listening and you’ll fall in love with it too. Simply great, both, lyrics and bear

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12 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.

I love this song so much. It's a bit lighter than some of the other songs TOP have (Although they are all amazing) and probably something that would appeal to the wider public. I love the piano/drum/techno combo and I could literally listen to this song for the rest of my life. The music video is amazing and so is this song.

Why is this song not higher up it is incredible

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13 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.

Yo, this song will never be on the radio. Well actually, best band ever, I heard this on the radio! - lovefrombadlands

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14 Trees

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!

The lyrics of this song may not mean much to others, but they bring me to tears. Tyler may have written it for something else, but since the first time I've heard it, I've thought of it as a truly beautiful way to explain the disconnection that I feel from my religion, even though Inreally do believe. It may not seem like such a big problem, but it's a big struggle for me. The drum solo at the end sends shivers down my spine, if you've never seen them play this song live, go on YouTube and look it up right now.

Silent in the trees.

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15 Addict 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.

This song and this album in general shows the vulnerability of Tyler Joseph during this time period. He recognizes that he was guilty of weak communication with God and that he was neglecting the most important relationship in his life. He shows his struggle to get himself back on the right religious path, and himself begging God for forgiveness. The subtly and metaphors in this song make it ever more heart and gutwrenching. It has a bit of a simplicity but also a sense of complexity to it, and it really makes me think. It's a piece of art, and it's sometimes too relatable.

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.

This song is simply amazing. It has been my favorite song for as long as I can remember, you can interpret it anyway you want, as you can with mostly any one of their songs. I still burst into tears when I hear it. This song deserves #1 not #15.

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16 Doubt

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!

Don't forget about this song, Don't forget about this song cause even if I doubt it, I'm no good without it - lovefrombadlands

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17 The 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.


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18 Lane 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

To me, this song truly represents what TOP stands for. They are not your typical band. They want to tell people to wake up and be alive. And when people tell them to do something else, this is where "Lane Boy" comes in. It saying that no matter what people tell them (/They say stay in your lane, boy/), they keep on doing what they want (/But we go where we want to/).

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.

This should SO be #1. This is what made me a fan of this amazing band we call 21 Pilots. This song showed me all of the other songs. I love this song. 11/10 isn't even good enough to describe Lane Boy. - lovefrombadlands

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19 Semi-Automatic

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.

The only songs I'd heard were "stressed out","ride" and "heathens", and honestly, I would listen to them over and over again and not be bored. But the other day, this song was stated as my zodiac song, and damn, it really does define a part of me. its relatable and is totally worth it.

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20 Hometown

After seeing them on tour, this song will always stick with me the most. The visuals were stunning, and there was a magic trick they somehow pulled off that I'll never forget as long as I live

It sounds like something my parents would listen to and I still love it because the lyrics are so amazing and meaningful. - AnonymousChick

Amazing, smooth dance track. Proves they can create any genre of alternative music.

It just sticks in your head all day it really is just amazing

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