The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 136: PANIC

How do you rate Panic?

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Let's compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 232 Moz/Smiths-songs.

Song for Today: PANIC

Voting should be something along these lines:
10: Perfection
9: Near perfect, brilliant
8: Really good Moz/Smiths song
7: Good Moz/Smiths song
6: Decent, OK, Nothing special
5: Uninspired
4: Poor
3: Bad
2: Should never have been released
1: He/They should be ashamed

The songs so far (voting is still open):

Part 135: Paint A Vulgar Picture
Part 134: Our Frank
Part 133: Ouija Board, Ouija Board
Part 132: Oscillate Wildly
Part 131: On The Streets I Ran
Part 130: Oh Well, I'll Never Learn
Part 129: Nowhere Fast
Part 128: Now My Heart Is Full
Part 127: Now I Am A Was
Part 126: November Spawned A Monster
Part 125: Noise Is The Best Revenge
Part 124: Nobody Loves Us
Part 123: No One Can Hold A Candle To You
Part 122: Never Had No One Ever
Part 121: My Love Life
Part 120: My Life Is A Succession Of People Goodbye
Part 119: Mute Witness
Part 118: Munich Air Disaster 1958
Part 117: Moonriver
Part 116: Money Changes Everything
Part 115: Miserable Lie
Part 114: Michael's Bones
Part 113: Mexico
Part 112: Meat Is Murder
Part 111: Margaret On The Guillotine
Part 110: Maladjusted
Part 109: Lucky Lisp
Part 108: Lost
Part 107: London
Part 106: Little Man, What Now?
Part 105: Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
Part 104: Life Is A Pigsty
Part 103: Let the Right One Slip In
Part 102: Let Me Kiss You
Part 101: Late Night, Maudlin Street
Part 100: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Part 99: King Leer
Part 98: Journalists Who Lie
Part 97: Jeane
Part 96: Jack The Ripper
Part 95: It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small
Part 94: Is It Really So Strange?
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
Part 92: Interlude
Part 91: Interesting Drug
Part 90: In The Future When All's Well
Part 89: If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 87: (I'm) The End Of The Family Line
Part 86: I'm Not Sorry
Part 85: I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now
Part 84: I'd Love To
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 82: I Will See You In Far Off Places
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 80: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Part 79: I Like You
Part 78: I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 76: I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
Part 75: I Knew I Was Next
Part 74: I Keep Mine Hidden
Part 73: I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Part 72: I Have Forgiven Jesus
Part 71: I Don't Owe You Anything
Part 70: I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
Part 69: I Can Have Both
Part 68: I Am Two People
Part 67: I Am Hated For Loving
Part 66: Human Being
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 64: How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Part 63: Hold On To Your Friends
Part 62: Heir Apparent
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 60: He Knows I'd Love To See Him
Part 59: He Cried
Part 58: Have-A-Go Merchant
Part 57: Handsome Devil
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 53: Good Looking Man About Town
Part 52: Golden Lights
Part 51: Glamorous Glue
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 49: Girl Least Likely To
Part 48: Girl Afraid
Part 47: Get Off The Stage
Part 46: Ganglord
Part 45: Friday Mourning
Part 44: Frankly Mr Shankly
Part 43: Found Found Found
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday
Part 40: East West
Part 39: Driving Your Girlfriend Home
Part 38: Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
Part 37: Do Your Best And Don't Worry
Part 36: Disappointed
Part 35: Dial-A-Cliche
Part 34: Death Of A Disco Dancer
Part 33: Death At One's Elbow
Part 32: Dear God Please Help Me
Part 31: Dagenham Dave
Part 30: Cosmic Dancer
Part 29: Come Back To Camden
Part 28: Christian Dior
Part 27: Certain People I Know
Part 26: Cemetry Gates
Part 25: Break Up The Family
Part 24: Boxers
Part 23: Black-Eyed Susan
Part 22: Billy Budd
Part 21: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Part 20: Best Friend On The Payroll
Part 19: Bengali In Platforms
Part 18: Barbarism Begins At Home
Part 17: Back To The Old House
Part 16: At Last I Am Born
Part 15: At Amber
Part 14: Asleep
Part 13: Ask
Part 12: Asian Rut
Part 11: Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
Part 10: Ammunition
Part 9: America Is Not The World
Part 8: Ambitious Outsiders
Part 7: Alsatian Cousin
Part 6: Alma Matters
Part 5: All The Lazy Dykes
Part 4: Accept Yourself
Part 3: A Swallow On My Neck
Part 2: A Song From Under The Floorboards
Part 1: A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours

Maurice E

Junior Member
Sorry but only gave it a 7.
There are a few Smiths songs which haven't really stood the test of time or at least, for me, don't stand up to hundreds of repeated listenings, and this is one of them.
It's a cracking piece of music and I love the choice of place names (he makes them scan so well!) but the Hang the DJ refrain just seems a bit ... charmless.


Starved Of Mirth
The perfect pop song. I fell in love with it the first time I heard Morrissey sing "Hang the DJ" (in 1986, because I am old), and that love continues unabated. A perfect 10.


everytime i'm in some bar or club thats playing shit music (which i try to avoid) this song always pops into my head "...because the music they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life..."


Hideous trait.
Brilliant. It's joyous, in its way, rebellious, proud to be different. A manifesto for those who refuse to be fed whatever the corporate music industry is trying to feed us this week, and for those who live and breathe the music that says something to them about their lives.

Maurice E

Junior Member
Oh no! Don’t all go and give this song top marks. It’s just one big, unsubtle, over-the-top, Smiths cliché like ‘Heaven Knows I’m Misearable Now.

Where’s the beauty, the charm, and the subtlety in this song?
Absolutely flipping nowhere!

Johan de Witt

Senior Member
It’s just one big, unsubtle, over-the-top, Smiths cliché like ‘Heaven Knows I’m Misearable Now.

No, it isn't! It's a perfect 2 minute pop song, from Johnny's opening guitar to the 'children' singing, all pop perfection.

And the only Smiths songs that threatened to make The Smiths a chart success outside of the UK. Well, along with from Bigmouth Strikes Again, it was the only Smiths single that made any impact on the Dutch charts, just reaching the top 20 if I remember correctly!

Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
8/10. A really great song. I've probably overplayed it at this stage though​


A classic. And also a very good song to start a concert... perfect to make an amazing atmosphere in the first seconds of a show ! :)


For some reason I was terribly obsessed with this song last year. I even went to a festival just to hear him sing it after reading here that he played it at the London Palladium. I thought there might be an offchance that he'd sing it there as well. Ok, that wasn't the only reason why I went, I’m not quite that crazy, but it was one of the decisive factors :p And it was worth it :D A rare 10 from me.


Active Member
Brilliant. It's joyous, in its way, rebellious, proud to be different. A manifesto for those who refuse to be fed whatever the corporate music industry is trying to feed us this week, and for those who live and breathe the music that says something to them about their lives.

exactly.....and it is a perfect concert opener! My first two concerts had this song as an openeer, and it really gets us even more excited and crazy....:D

I sing this songs lines all of the time, especially when people I am with think the world of today's music.....ugh!!

A wonderful 10 for me! :D
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New Member
This was one of the first smiths song I heard, and the song that sealed it for me that this band was a amazingly brilliant discovery!


Beastly Little Parasite
One of the very best singles by The Smiths, released at their peak. This was when the band released singles really frequently and it must have pissed-off the music biz something rotten. The 'burn down the disco' line is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago and Morrissey still sings it with passion. It's a perfect pop song, almost anthemic, under 3 minutes long with a rousing ending. He really meant it and still does, you know. 10.
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