The Six Best Circus-Themed Albums
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005)
Admit it, whenever you listen to old-school Panic! At The Disco, you can't keep your inner 13-year-old girl from coming out. Listening to "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" from this daring and memorable debut album is proof of that. Although the band is known to take on styles from different decades in each of their albums, this one is definitely our favorite. The music here all sounds like it could come from the soundtrack of some silent movie about a traveling circus where a trapeze performer dies or something, and it's great.
It does seem like the circus theme was meant for Panic! At The Disco in 2006. The band's theatrical sound benefited greatly from being decked out in bold, dramatic makeup and colorful costumes, and being the ultimate showman that he is, lead singer Brendon Urie took on the circus theme with ease. All of that launched the band into superstardom, an impressive feat for an album that covers pretty serious social issues such as prostitution, alcoholism and mental health, and all very intriguing considering most of the band members were only 17 when they wrote these songs.
As for our favorite, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," the accompanying music video is half of what makes the song so great. It features the band invading a creepy circus wedding being held in an old country home, with ringleader Urie insisting and ultimately revealing that the groom's bride is, in fact, "a whore."
Funhouse featured P!nk in her prime. Producing more hits than any of her other albums ("So What," "Sober," "Please Don't Leave Me," "Glitter In the Air"), it allowed the often aggressive and intimidating singer to surpass her contemporaries by letting herself become vulnerable, singing about very personal subject matter on a number of tracks. But P!nk also excelled by the expert way she capitalized on the album's circus theme, which she became known for in the many world tours that followed the release of Funhouse.
A trained gymnast, she started to utilize her impressive acrobatic skills in her performances and most notably at the 2010 Grammy Awards, where she performed "Glitter In the Air" gracefully twirling from silks above the crowd -- a performance now acknowledged as one of the most memorable Grammy moments of all time. Ironically enough, this album revolving around the theme of a circus was able to show P!nk in a whole new light as one of the most impressive artists in the business.
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