In honor of the 1 year anniversary of “Blurryface,” we compiled a list of our top 5 Twenty One Pilots songs.
Twenty One Pilots are a duo from Ohio. The band consists of Tyler Joseph (vocals) and Josh Dun (drums). “Blurryface” is the band’s fourth released album, but it’s their second released album while being signed to a record label.
5. Lane Boy
This song talks about how most songs on the radio nowadays all sound the same and how TOP want to sound different. The lines, “Stay in your lane, boy, lane, boy, but we go where we want to. They think this thing is a highway, highway, but will they be alive tomorrow?” are used to represent the music industry. It means that people were trying to tell them to sound like everyone else, but they wanted to be different. The highway metaphor was a way to say, “People will like our music because it’s different. Will you still be here tomorrow because your music sounds the same as everyone else’s.”
This song is also a response to the people who criticize TOP for rapping. “I wasn’t raised in the hood, but I know a thing or two about pain and darkness,” is their way of saying that just because they weren’t raised in the hood doesn’t mean that they can’t write good music and rap.
This song is about mental illness and depression. A migraine is referenced throughout the songs to talk about depression. The song talks about how the toughest wars you will face are in your head, “Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat.” The song also talks about the fact that for some, death seems better than the migraine (depression/mental illness) they have, “sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head.”
“Migraine” picks apart what if feels like to live with a mental illness.
3. House of Gold
This song is pretty straight forward. The speaker’s mother is worrying about what will happen to her when her husband dies. “”She asked me, “Son, when I grow old, will you buy me a house of gold? and when your father turns to stone, will you take care of me?”” She is asking her son to take care of her after her husband dies. The son responds by saying, “I will make you queen of everything you see, I’ll put you on the map, I’ll cure you of disease.”
Furthur into the song, you are lead to believe that the son can no longer take care of his mother. “Let’s say we up and left this town, and turned our future upside down. We’ll make pretend that you and me, lived ever after happily(…) Oh and since we know that dreams are dead, and life turns plans up on their head, I will plan to be a bum, so I just might become someone.”
2. Car Radio
This song is based off and experience Tyler had at college. He explained the story in a Kroq interview. Despite being based on a true story, the song is more that just your radio getting stolen. It talks about how to you start to overthink when you’re sitting in silence hence, the line, “Sometimes quiet is violent.”
He explains that sometimes his thoughts are nice while other times they are violent. He explains the feeling by saying, “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.” Pulling the steering wheel is a reference to driving off the road so he doesn’t have to deal with the silence.
1. Stressed Out
“Stressed Out,” refers to the fact that life was so much easier when you were a child. “Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days. When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out,” this line explains that life was so much easier when you were a kid. You didn’t have anything to worry about.
You hear Blurryface mentioned a few times in the song. Tyler put his insecurities into a character that is referenced throughout this song and the whole album. You hear Blurryface mentioned at the beginning of the song, “I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I’m insecure and I care what people think. My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think. My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think.”
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