In the summer of 2007, Disney XD premiered what would become a staple of many Gen-Z people’s childhood with Phineas and Ferb. Winning three Primetime Emmy awards, the animated musical-comedy series ran for an initial four seasons and in the process ingrained in many young people (myself included) that adventure and fun comes above all else. It was recently announced that the original creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh were producing a revival of the series, with forty episodes already ordered. Who doesn’t love a good taste of nostalgia?
In the most literal sense of the phrase, I grew up on Phineas and Ferb. I started kindergarten with a Perry the Platypus backpack and matching lunchbox, I knew all the songs by heart, and I had a Perry the Platypus stuffed animal that I slept with every night. Now that I’ve shared my resume as an authority on all things Phineas and Ferb, I present to you the eight best songs from the hit Disney series.
For clarity’s sake, I will only be including songs that were sung by the main characters of the show, i.e., Phineas, Ferb, Candace, etc,. Sorry to all you Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan fans who love “I Believe We Can”. As much as I love it (and I do) it won’t be formally ranked here. All songs ranked here will be from the original series and the movies. Without further ado…
8. In the Empire (“Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars”)
Featured in Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, Candace, Baljeet and Buford are Imperial stormtroopers that have a lead on the missing droids but are reprimanded by a superior officer and assigned to buy new socks for Darth Vader on the desert planet of Tatooine. In the original Star Wars film from 1977, Tatooine is where C-3PO and R2-D2 flee from Darth Vader with the plans to the Death Star and are picked up by Luke Skywalker. Candace & Co sing about being held back from supporting the Empire by the Empire in a hilarious trio that somehow rhyme the words “stocks” and “socks” in a way that is completely relevant to the plot.
Best line: “We'll round them up and put 'em all in stocks,
But first we've gotta get Darth Vader socks!”
7. Queen of Mars (Season 1, Episode 47: “Unfair Science Fair Redux”)
Featured in a two part episode, “Queen of Mars” is sung by Candace after an initial breakdown at the prospect of being stranded on Mars. Upon meeting a race of martians that praised her as their queen, Candace belts out this absolute banger. Prior to her being stranded on Mars, she was convinced that her best friend Stacy and longtime crush Jeremy were ignoring her. While I could praise this song for its humorous visibility of teen angst, in all honesty it’s just a bop.
Best line: “'Cause I'm the Queen of Mars.
I was invisible on Earth
It only took a magic portal to Mars
To give me some self-worth.”
6. Brand New Best Friend (“Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension”)
I’m not entirely sure if this absolute slap can be called a duet, considering it’s performed by the same person, merely interdimensionally, but all the same this one is amazing. After Dr. Doofenshmirtz uses a portal to travel to an alternate dimension in which he rules everything, he and his alternate dimension self pull off this little number. Referencing historic duets, this song perfectly encapsulates the quirkiness of Dr. Doofenshmirtz, regardless of dimensional presence.
Best line: “I've found a brand new best friend and it's me”
5. Summer Belongs to You (“Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You!”)
After an arduous journey all around the world, Phineas and the gang circle the entire globe in a single day. The vehicle (invented and built by the boys, of course) breaks as the sun is going down and leaves the group stranded on a remote island until they build a paper mache device that slingshots them back to Danville before the sun meets the horizon.
Best line: “Summer belongs to you (Summer belongs to you)
Summer belongs to everyone, so have some fun
There's nothing better to do”
4. Ain’t Got Rhythm (Season 1, Episode 27: “Dude We’re Getting the Band Back Together!”)
In this episode, the boys’ father forgets he and Linda’s anniversary and the boys decide to reunite Love Handel, the band that their parents fell in love to. The drummer was the third and final former member of the band that needed convincing to reunite. In an episode filled with memorable musical numbers (see the honorable mentions) this one leads the pack. With the former drummer ironically becoming a librarian, the boys have to convince him that he hasn’t lost his rhythm to reunite with the rest of the band.
Best line: “Mister, you got rhythm times ten”
3. Summer (Where Do We Begin) (“Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension”)
In the Doofenshmirtz-ruled alternate dimension, there’s no summer! When normal Phineas and Ferb discover this, they break out into song to attempt to teach alternate dimension Phineas and Ferb about the joys of summer.
Best line: “Summer, it's like the world's best story, and it's waiting to be told.”
2. Busted (Season 1, Episode 15: “I Scream, You Scream”)
In Candace and Vanessa’s first meeting in the series, they unite under a common cause: busting the nuisance men in their lives. Candace wants to bust Phineas and Ferb and Vanessa wants to bust her father, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, to their respective mothers. Girl power!
Best line: “'Cause you better believe I'm gonna drop a dime on you
I'll get ya! (yeah)
I'll get ya!
And when I do, you're gonna be busted!”
What would an arbitrary ranking of Phineas and Ferb songs be without a collection of honorable mentions? Ladies and gentlemen, the picks are, in no particular order:
Fabulous (Season 1, Episode 27: “Dude We’re Getting the Band Back Together!”)
Best line: “Just look at me:I look like a dream!”
Little Brothers (Season 1, Episode 45: “Phineas and Ferb Get Busted”)
Best line: “'Cause you're younger, we're related, and you're boys”
E.V.I.L. B.O.Y.S. (Season 1, Episode 12: “Jerk De Soleil”)
Best line: “Sing it with me, E-V-I-L B-O-Y-S.”
My Goody Two-Shoes Brother (Season 1, Episode 27: “Tree to Get Ready”)
Best line: “But my goody two-shoes brother, the favorite of my mother”
Chains On Me (Season 1, Episode 45: “Phineas and Ferb Get Busted”)
Best line: “'Cause they say imagination is morally wrong!”
My Undead Mummy and Me (Season 1 Episode 13: “Are You My Mummy?”)
Best line: “All the kids at school are gonna have a conniption, when they get a load of my funky Egyptian MC”
And last, but certainly not least, our number one pick is…
1. Squirrels In My Pants (S.I.M.P.) (Season 1, Episode 37: “Comet Kermillian”)
Coming in at number one is the forever iconic “Squirrels In My Pants” the rap duo performed by those random rappers in the park, featuring Candace with literal squirrels in her pants, courtesy of Jeremy’s demonic little sister Suzie. While Candace is squirming melodically, the rappers break out in a freestyle after mistaking Candace’s immense discomfort as a dance. At the end of the song, Candace is finally able to liberate her pants from the squirrels, to the surprise of everyone there, who did not take the song so literally.
Best line: “S to the I to the M to the P!”
Hopefully your personal favorite Phineas and Ferb song was included, but if not, let us know in the comments! While we still have a bit of time before we have new songs to rank, you’ll find me jamming to these nostalgic bangers!
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1 week, 3 days ago by [email protected]
Squirrels in my pants was definitely the best! Great review of a fantastic show. Def some good “bops!” :)
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